Monday, February 14, 2011

Spaghetti and Heart-Shaped Meatballs

Recipe by the lovely Vegan Miss

picture of Spaghetti and Heart-Shaped Meatballs
A perfect dinner for your Valentine any day of the year.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients for pasta sauce:
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt, heavy pinch
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil, cut in long, thin strips
  • 3 fresh medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 C red wine*
  • 1 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes with herbs
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • pepper, to taste

Ingredients for meatballs:
  • 2 packages Upton's Naturals Ground Seitan, crumbled
  • 1/3 C yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 C fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 C fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp vegan Parmesan*
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 "egg" Ener-G egg replacer (follow according to box directions)*
  • 1/3 C italian style bread crumbs* 
  • 1/4 C olive oil, for frying, add more if needed

Ingredients for pasta:
  • 6 oz. spaghetti, cooked by box instructions
  • fresh italian parsley, to top
  • fresh basil, to top
  • vegan parmesan cheese, to top

Directions for pasta sauce:
  1. Sauté the onions and garlic in the olive oil and salt until the onions have sweat. 
  2. Add the diced fresh tomatoes, thyme, basil, and wine. Cook down until wine is reduced to half. This step may take about twenty minutes. 
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and pepper. Simmer for about ten minutes.

Directions for meatballs:
  1. Combine the first 11 ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix well. 
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium pan. While the oil is heating, shape the meatballs into heart-shapes. 
  3. On a plate, add the bread crumbs. Roll the meatballs in the bread crumbs. 
  4. Cook in the skillet until golden brown.

Directions for pasta:
  1. To assemble, place cooked pasta on a plate. 
  2. Top with the sauce and meatballs. 
  3. Add the parsley, basil, and Parmesan to the pasta plate. 

Buon appetito!

*Note: Make sure your red wine is vegan on Barnivore. I used Our Daily Red organic, vegan red wine. Vegan Parmesan brand I use is Galaxy topping. Ener-G is an egg replacer one can find in the baking area of health food stores. There are other means of egg replacing such as using apple sauce. For the bread crumbs, make sure to check they are vegan. Oftentimes, they will contain dairy. I used the Whole Foods brand, 365.