Thursday, April 4, 2013

Speghetti and Tempeh "Meatballs"

Who says Vegetarian food can be boring? I am not. You have to look for the products in your supermarket and try it and make something new out of it. I was also looking for meatball recipe not from soya granules for a change. Because it requires eggs in the recipe and I do not wanted to add eggs, so When I got Tempeh I was pretty sure where and how I am going to use it. Then I find this recipe so without any delay I make it , bake it, use it and enjoy it. You can too, just follow this recipe or you can adjust the seasoning as per your taste and make it. Only changes I did from recipe is that it says use onion powder and garlic powder instead of that I use one white onion and whole bulb of garlic and it come out great. I baked it , next time I will fry it to see the difference in taste.

Ingredients :

Half package Whole wheat speghetti ( you can use thin or flat your choice0
1 bottole of good marinara sauce ( i used Ragu)
Parmasean cheese for sprikle
1 tsp italian seasoning
1 carrot chopped
1 onion chopped
few black olives chopped
6-7 cloves of garlic chopped

For Meatballs:
1 package of Tempeh
1 onion
6-8 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and black pepper to taste
1 tsp red chili flake ( per taste)
1 tsp Italian seasoning

Cut the Tempeh in 1 inch cubes and steam it for 15 minutes

Pre heat the oven at 350 F.
Place the Tempeh and under listed ingredients in food processor and process until tempeh is totally broken off and everything comes together nice.
steam Tempeh

Lightly grease baking dish and make a one inch  meatballs and place it on cooking sheet.
Makes 16 Meatballs
Bake it in the oven for 20 -30 minutes until it nice and brown froll all side. chage their sides so it cookes from all the sides.

Assembly :

Now make pasta as per the package direction.
Heat a tsp of olive oil and add chopped garlic, when oil become garlicky, add vegetables and cook for 2 minutes.
Add pasta sauce, italian seasoning and cover and boil for 5 minutes. that will give cooking for whole day kind a flavor. Sprinkle some parmasean cheese.
Sauce ready
Add pasta and meatballs and mix it up nicely .
Take a bowl and enjoy little trip to Italy without leaving your house. You can have this with Garlic bread and red wine. choice is yours.
Manja Manja !

 Recipe source for meatballs is here.
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  1. Looks so inviting! :)

  2. Perfectly made and beats the non veg. I guess

  3. i will try this for sure....linz

  4. I am learning new things here..never heard of tempeh!!

  5. Mouthwatering

  6. learning new ideas here...i will try this soon..

  7. These meatballs look absolutely scrumptious!!! Just lovely!!!

  8. this is new to have a good collection of new recipes..keep going dear..

  9. Wow, vegetarian meatball! Love the idea, but I have no clue about Tempeh, just read about it online, looks like a good idea. Nice innovation.

  10. Tempeh is so popular at my place and cost just a fraction. Interesting how you worked on the fermented beans and paired the fried tempeh balls. This should be much loved by most of my friends. Will forward your link to them.

  11. Wow! These look really delicious! Had thought of using seitan for "meatballs" but not tempeh; I bet the flavour is incredible. Thanks for sharing a brilliant idea :)

  12. Great idea,will try this..thanks for sharing.

  13. wow,new dish to me..sounds yummy

  14. look absolutely perfect and very tempting ..

  15. Delicious, I haven't cooked with temph, sure going to try.

  16. I am not sute if I will get Tempeh here..
    Never tasted it... but the dish looks delicious..

  17. innovative dish...tempting ! thnx for sending

  18. smart:) love smart cooks. i havent made meatballs with Tempeh but have a different recipe and was wondering what else can taste gud in veg meatballs:) will try this one

  19. Lovely.. Looks very different.. Guess a must try !!

  20. Interesting recipe! Looks very delicious too :)

  21. This dish looks delicious. You have made the pasta very tempting for everyone especially the children.

  22. Have never used tempeh before.. Looks pretty close to meatballs.. I broil my meatballs.. That keeps the moisture intact..

  23. Wowhhh very nice...
    Thanks for linking with my event “Foodabulous Fest –April Month Series”

  24. Who would think they are not real meatballs. Looks good

  25. A good substitute for the recipe!

  26. Wow wonderful recipe..thanks dear :-)

  27. Looks so yummy and tempting....

  28. how did i miss this post?! I didn't know a bout tempeh, thanks for introducing me to it.. This looks so yumm...


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