When I get cold and want comfort food, Italian food is my first choice. Although most vegan spaghetti and meatballs ordered in a restaurant is fattening, easy vegan spaghetti and meatballs is guilt-free and truly fabulous. Not only is this recipe simple, but you can also make a lot of it ahead of time and freeze both the sauce and the meatballs to use at any time.
PICKING YOUR VEGAN MEATBALLS
This vegan meatball recipe, for example, comes from my Ultimate Lentil and Vegetable “Meatless” Loaf recipe. The last time I made my lentil loaf, I doubled the recipe, and made meatballs and froze them to use for this recipe later. Then, all I had to do was add the vegan meatballs to my vegan homemade spaghetti sauce, and my vegan spaghetti recipe was done in minutes.
Another, less ingredient lentil meatball recipe you may enjoy comes from my Oil-Free Vegan Swedish Lentil Meatballs. Also made with lentils, this recipe has a few less ingredients. The meatballs, though, can also be frozen, to help with meal prep.
And, last but not least, when I am in a hurry, I always have a bag of Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs in my freezer; however, these meatballs do have oil So, if you avoid oil, this short cut may not be for you.
CHOOSING YOUR VEGAN SPAGHETTI SAUCE
After choosing your meatballs, it’s all about the sauce. Despite the varieties of marinara sauces and spaghetti sauces available at the store, it is so easy to make your own. For example, I am in love with POMI diced tomatoes and tomato sauce! Not only do these tomatoes not have an oil, fat, sugar, or added preservatives, Pomi tomatoes are just tomatoes. Then, it’s all about bringing intense flavor to those tomatoes to make the perfect spaghetti sauce for vegan spaghetti and meatballs.
If you’re in a hurry, as we all are, there are oil-free brands of pasta sauce you can buy at the store. These are two I have used; with a little spice and love, you can make store-bought sauce taste much better than it does coming directly from the jar.
- Delallo Marinara sauce
- Muir Glen Organic pasta sauce (check the label, as some types of this brand contain oil)
PASTA: GLUTEN-FREE OR WHOLE GRAIN?
Obviously, your choice of pasta has to do with plant-based plan you follow. For that reason, I am quickly becoming a fan of every new gluten-free pasta I can find. Not long ago, gluten-free pastas were gummy, and nothing like the real deal. Today, though, gluten-free pastas taste better, in my opinion, than “real” pasta. In fact, for this recipe, I used Andean Dream Quinoa Spaghetti.
As a result, I can honestly say I don’t ever want to eat regular pasta again. Regardless of your choice of pasta, the combination of meatballs, sauce, and pasta will make you think you have gone to comfort food Italian heaven.
As an added bonus, I added my Skinny Cashew Vegan Parmesan “Cheese”, and I served with grilled vegan focaccia bread, for those who eat bread at my house. Smiles all around.