Yes ofcourse you heard it right. We know we all love spaghetti with meat balls. Those well made meat balls, fried to goodness dipped in tangy spicy sauce, playing scrumptiously with spaghetti, will make everyone’s mouth water.
But alot of my colleagues and friends complain that I don’t make vegetarian dishes, so I thought why not surprise them with this recipe.
Disclaimer: you cannot expect it to taste exactly like meatballs made of Chicken or beef or lamb. But it’s tasty that I can assure you for sure.
Things you will need
- Spaghetti – 30-40 strands
- Soya chunks/ nuggets – 50gms – boiled and made into paste
- Corn flour – 2tbsp
- Bread crumbs – 2tbsp
- Worcestershire sauce – 3tsp( I used the veg variety. This is the most important ingredient to supplement the umami taste of meat)
- Monosodium glutamate/ ajinamoto- 1tsp( optional, if you don’t have Worcestershire sauce you can make it 4tsp)
- Garlic- paste – 4tsp
- Red chilli flakes
- Oregano, pasta seasoning
- Tomato- 2 medium sized- boiled and pureed
- Onion – 1 medium- chopped
- Bell peppers – 1, chopped
- Cheese ( any one will do, I used local cheddar) – ½ cup
- Tomato ketchup – 2tbsp
How I made it,
- Boil and strain the spaghetti, keep them a side. Keep 1cup of pasta water.
- Take the soya paste, add 2tsp of garlic paste, red chilli flakes, oregano, salt and pepper, 2tsp of Worcestershire sauce, cornflour and breadcrumbs. Kneed well. And make small dumplings out of it.
- Heat oil and fry them till become crispy. Take them off the flame
- Add butter.
- Add onions, garlic paste (2tsp) and fry
- Add bell peppers
- Add the tomato puree
- Add ketchup, Worcestershire sauce ( 1tsp), ajinamoto, red chilli flakes, pasta seasoning, sugar, and salt and pepper.
- Stir for a while and add pasta water, let it simmer.
- Add cheese
- Mix well and add the ‘meat’ balls, cover it let it simmer for a minute or two.
- Pour the sauce over spaghetti and top it with grated cheese.
You are good to go.
Do try it out and let me know. Your suggestions are always welcome.
If you like the recipe do reblog, share and like it.
Love you all, happy Sunday. 🌷