Monday, May 25, 2020

Easy & Delicious Meatless Spaghetti and Meatballs

Last month, I shared some of our favorite quarantine meals with you. Since then, we've been adding a few things to the rotating 'menu', and adding in take-out here and there. One of our new go-to's is this meatless spaghetti and meatball recipe. Yes, meatless. 

Beyond Meat has become a staple in our household for a while. Not only is it a great replacement for meat, but it literally tastes like the real deal (which for us is key). Their burger patties are probably my favorite, and they also make ground meat and sausage patties/links. Their products contain less sodium and calories then some of their meatless counterparts, and you can easily find it at HEB, Kroger, and Whole Foods. 

This recipe is so simple and is bursting with flavor. It literally rivals the best spaghetti I've had at a restaurant, if I do say so myself ;) What's nice about it is that majority of the ingredients are things you have on hand, which means no additional trips to the dreaded grocery store. 

Here's the recipe!


-1 ½ TBSP bread crumb
-3 Garlic cloves, minced (less if you don't love garlic, like we do)
-1 TBSP Chopped onion
-1 tsp Chopped basil (chop extra to top your meal with)
-2 ½ tbsp Shredded Parmesan Cheese (I like to use fresh Parmesan vs the pre-shredded, it gives it much better flavor)
-½ tsp Italian Seasoning
-Pinch of Pepper, Salt, and crushed red pepper flakes 
-Rao's Tomato Basil Sauce (only use about 3/4 of the jar, or whatever amount is to your liking)
This sauce is a little on the pricey side (compared to Prego, etc.) but it is so worth it. It has the most amazing homemade taste, and is great for dipping and on pizzas, as well. 


-In a large bowl, add Beyond Beef, bread crumb, parsley, basil, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and parmesan cheese

-By hand, mix thoroughly and roll meatballs into golf-sized balls or make them larger if you'd like
(the 'meat' does leave a greasy coating on your hands, so definitely be sure to wash them once you're done assembling the meatballs)

-Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat

-Using tongs, add the meatballs and cook until brown on all sides, using tongs to turn them over. Once they've 'browned,' remove them from the skillet and place on a plate
I'd say to be fully brown on all sides, the process takes about ~10min. Sometimes I've had them get a little charred and honestly they were still delicious. 

-Clean the skillet to put it back on the stovetop over medium heat

-Pour marinara into the skillet and bring the marinara to a simmer 

-Place the meatballs back in the skillet and reduce the heat a little bit. Then, cover the skillet with a lid and simmer meatballs for up to an hour. We usually let them simmer around 40 minutes.

Serve with your favorite pasta & garlic bread. Be sure to top it with some fresh basil and Parmesan. 

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