Apr 16, 2012

spaghetti and vegan meatballs

Catt chose Spaghetti and Meatballs to cook this week. Typically I can print the recipe from this blog (the founding intent of it) and let the kids loose on the kitchen, but this time I realized the only encounter I have had with meatballs has been making the Swedish Meatball recipe. Since this menu choice was not Swedish and I wanted something different and perhaps easier, I decided to make the meatballs myself and let the kid continue to hole-up in her room while I prepared the meatballs. This caused a slight delay in dinner, oh, about 2 days' worth; I'm sort of what you call a procrastinator. 

Since I have been recently messing around with seitan and gluten, I decided to continue experimenting and created a meatball with maybe a little less complication, a little more flavor and a better texture. Maybe.

Animal derived meatballs have a flurry of names. Vegan meatballs should not be left out of the nomenclature game. Before, I had made Swedish Meatballs using TVP for the filling, this time I made Italian Meatballs using Tofurkey Italian sausage for the filling. Next time it might be Soy-free Hungarian Meatballs or Gluten-Free Mexican Meatballs. Again, I used vital wheat gluten to bind, but instead of cooking the balls at a high temperature, I baked these in a low temperature oven. These tasted great right out of the oven, but after simmering in the Tomato Sauce for 10 minutes, they were light and fluffy... and 
did not fall apart... at ... all.

Dinner: Possible
Should I call Food TV?

Cost Breakdown

meatballs: $5
pasta: $3
sauce: $4
Total to make 6 servings:


  1. Wow!! I can't wait for the recipe. We use a lot of Tofurkey Italian meat balls, usually with green peppers and onions and spaghetti and meat balls is my go to co certified Kosher and unfortunately, many of the vegan products used in blog recipes are not.

  2. Nonna, after I post the recipe, please let me know what ingredients you have problems with.

  3. Absolutely no problems with any ingredients. Thankfully, kosher panko (even onion/garlic) is readily available and of course no kosher issues with gluten. I plan to serve your meatballs to my adult daughter when she visits next month. Spaghetti was always her favorite comfort food. I see I made a slight error in my earlier message. It's the Tofurkey Italian sausage we use all the time. This Shabbat we also used the Tofurkey Kilbasa in an orzo, asparagus and sausage main dish salad. Delicious!!

  4. Where's s the recipe#

  5. Anonymous, the link is below the picture.


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