A plant-based version of a classic comfort dish, our vegan spaghetti and "meatballs" is an entirely plant-powered recipe, packed full of flavour and healthy goodness!

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes


Servings: 10 children

For the plant-powered balls

  • 225 g
    Brown lentils, cooked
  • 100 g
    Chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 180 g
    Red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 30 g
    Breadcrumbs, fresh
  • 3.5 tsp
    Smoked, sweet paprika
  • 1.5 tsp
    Ground cumin
  • 1.5 tsp
    Ground coriander
  • 2.5 tsp
    Garlic granules
  • 55 g
    Plain flour
  • 0.5 tsp
    Coarse ground pepper
  • 100 g
    Beetroot, cooked and grated
  • 2.5 tsp
    Onion granules
  • 0.5 tsp

For the tomato & red pepper sauce(100g per serving)

  • 780 g
    Chopped tomatoes, tinned
  • 1 Red pepper
    De-seeded & roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp
    Garlic Granules
  • 1 tsp
    Onion Granules
  • 2 tsp
    Italian Mixed Herbs
  • 40 g
    Tomato ketchup
  • 50
    Plant-powered balls (14g each)
  • 500 g
    Wholewheat spaghetti


  1. Pulse all the ingredients in a food processor until thoroughly combined.

  2. To make balls, roll mixture into 14g balls and place onto baking parchment in a lidded, plastic container. Refrigerate until required.

  3. Lay the balls on a non-stick baking sheet and cook in a 240°C oven for 10-15 mins.

  4. Lay the balls on a non-stick baking sheet and cook in a 240°C oven for 10-15 mins. Blend all the sauce ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

  5. Cook pasta according to packet instructions.

  6. To serve, bring sauce to a simmer, and reheat balls in the sauce.


– Cook the balls in advance and refrigerate or freeze until required. Defrost before reheating.

– Make the sauce in advance and keep refrigerated or freeze. Defrost before reheating.

– If the spaghetti is likely to cool before serving, drizzle over a small amount of
rapeseed oil to prevent it clumping and sticking together. Refrigerate, covered until
required. To serve, reheat in a pan of simmering water for a couple of minutes.

Courses: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisines: Italian
Keywords: Spaghetti and meatballs, spaghetti and plant-powered balls

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