Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Veggie Meatballs

Sometimes you just want a meatball sub! I've been craving it for a while and this recipe took care of that and quite easily too. These were incredibly simple to put together and they don't insist on falling apart like hamburger does and without the need for an egg!


7 oz soy sausage (such as Gimme Lean)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Spaghetti sauce

Coat a large skillet with olive oil over medium high heat. Mix sausage with the other ingredients and roll into 12 balls. Cook 5-6 minutes or until evenly browned. Add spaghetti sauce and remaining basil and half of garlic. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 3-5 minutes. Serve over pasta or on a bun.

I wanted a sub and my son wanted spaghetti. It was great in both. I think the texture could have been improved upon just a bit, maybe by baking them instead. I'll have to try that and update sometime. They tasted great though, even with dried herbs instead of fresh.

Also, if you have difficulty finding bread crumbs that don't have milk and egg in them (seriously, WHY do bread crumbs need that!), just whir some dried bread or dry stuffing (check the ingredients) through the blender. My bread crumbs right now have a definite italian flavor to them (flavored stuffing), so they worked perfectly for this.

Recipe from Vegetarian Times.

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