Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Spaghetti and Meatballs - the vegetarian version

Spaghetti is Italian and meatballs are Italian but in my mind there is nothing more American than spaghetti and meatballs. Its a perfect combination of the tangy sauce, creamy cheese and taste bombs in the form of meatballs. You can make it with the thicker spaghetti - spaghettoni, but I like the medium thickness spaghetti as it cooks to the prefect thickness when done. Thinner pastas - spaghettini, capellini will not be able to take the thick sauce and the meatballs. 
The best way to measure how much spaghetti to cook is to have a pasta measure but you can make do by cooking spaghetti the size of a US quarter, about an inch or so for 1 person if making it for main course without any side dishes. If you are serving it with garlic bread about 3/4 inch round should be sufficient. It also converts into about 3 oz per person. Portion below is for 4 servings.

Ingredients:

3 inches raw spaghetti
3 cups marinara
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
Salt

First make the meatballs. Then make the marinara. When the marinara is almost done add the meatballs to it and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Then remove the meatballs and keep aside. Make some extra meatballs for snacking and tasting.

Boil a huge pot of water. When it reaches a boil add salt to it, enough to make it salty like salt water. Then add the pasta. If all the spaghetti does not fit into the water that is fine. As it cooks it will slip into the pot. Dont break the pasta to cook it. To check al dente, take a bit of a strand, if its without any raw crunch in the center its done. Remove, spool on a plate, add some of the sauce with the meatball on top. Sprinkle Parmesan and serve hot! Or you can add the spaghetti to the sauce and mix well. Serve a spool of the pasta and top with meatballs and then some grated Parmesan. Serve some garlic bread on the side. Pair it with your favorite wine and make it an evening...
* I hate throwing out a huge potful of hot water after making pasta as its wasteful of water and energy. I try to plan two pasta dishes close to each other so that I can make the second pasta in the same water. Just cool the pasta by washing it in cold water, add a little olive oil and refrigerate the second batch.  It stays for 3-4 days in the fridge. Water becomes too starchy after the second batch so no third round. Also too much pasta in one week!

I am sending this to Sowmya's Cooking with Pasta Event and to tobais' 6th Mediterranean Cooking Event - Italy
6th mediterranean cooking event - Italy
 - tobias cooks! - 10.03.2010-10.04.2010

13 comments:

sowmya's creative saga said...

That looks very delicious..and thanks a lot for the meatless meatball recipe...sure going to try this one...Thanks a lot for sending it to the pasta event...

Sushma Mallya said...

wow looks so tempting,love the vegetarian version...

Vrinda said...

WOW looks perfect

Vrinda said...

WOW looks perfect....

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

I love the presentation. Please point me to the meatless meatballs recipe. I didn't see any link in this post or did I just miss it?

Kamalika said...

The meatless meatballs are just glowing....superb dish dear...

Deepa said...

Wow the dish looks so yummy......
Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

mangocheeks said...

This is one of my husbands favourites. If he saw this photo he would insist I made some this weekend, but I won't be able to as I still have some cauliflower to cook with.

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Hi..this is so yummy, lovely color and beautiful pic too...

Priya said...

Fantastic and tempting spaghetti with meatless meatballs...absolutely delicious..

Annalisa said...

This is wonderful! What a great idea to make the vegetarian version, I am going to try it for my daughter :)
Thanks a lot for sharing this, it's such a yummy dish!!!
Hugs
Annalisa

Leena said...

Spagetti meatless meatballs is looking yummy....

tobias cooks! said...

This fits the event perfectly. Thanks for joining in.

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