Anyway: today I will share a recipe that I wanted to try for a long time when I saw it on Pinterest. It is spaghetti and "meatballs". I am so glad that I tried this because it really tastes great! The original recipe comes from Cookin' Canuck. It is already in English, but I will blog it too because of the oz to gram calculations, which I don't feel like making every time ;) Otherwise I did not change much of the recipe.
Spaghetti with "meatballs" (serves 4)
- 640 gr Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 roasted red bell pepper, roughly chopped
- 1 spring onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley
- 1.5 tsp dried oregano
- 1 egg
- 0.5 cup breadcrumbs (maybe a bit more, depending on the moistness of the mixture)
- 0.5 tsp kosher salt
- 0.5 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 3 cups of your favorite marinara or tomato sauce
- Parmesan cheese for grating
- 300 gr spaghetti, cooked
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Place a baking sheet on your oven tray. In the bowl of a food processor, combine beans and roasted red peppers. Pulse until chopped, but do not over process. Stir in spring onion, garlic, parsley, oregano, egg, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper until well combined. Using about 2 tablespoons of the bean mixture, form “meatballs” by rolling between the palms of your hands. Place the “meatballs” on the baking sheet. Bake until the meatballs are firm to the touch and have a light golden brown coating, about 15 to 20 minutes.
In a large saucepan, heat you favorite marinara or tomato sauce until it simmers. Add “meatballs” and stir to coat. Simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, stirring occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve over spaghetti and top with grated Parmesan cheese.