A ‘must-cook’ for any pasta lover. These delightful bean balls are so incredibly simple to make (they can even be prepared in advance and frozen) and when added to a rich tomato sauce, bring pleasure to the soul. The bean mixture can also be shaped into burgers and works just as well, giving you scope to enjoy in various ways. Encased in a tomato sauce and served with any type of pasta, these bean balls are a taste of Italian heaven.

You’ll Need:

3 x 400g tins of cannellini beans (drained)
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp dried oregano
1 vegetable stock cube
1 large handful fresh parsley/1 large tsp of dried parsley
75g fresh breadcrumbs
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp black pepper
40g flour mixed with 80ml water to form a batter
1 Preheat the oven to 180°C (350 F) Gas Mark 4. Place everything except for the beans and flour batter into a food processor and process until the garlic and parsley are finely chopped.
2 Add the beans and flour batter and process again until the mixture comes together. Remove the mixture from the processor and roll into ping-pong sized balls.
3 Coat your hands lightly in oil and grease each ball before placing on a parchment or foil-lined baking tray. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the balls are firm and slightly golden.
4 Remove from the oven and add to pan which contains your chosen tomato sauce. There are so many recipes for tomato based pasta sauces, and you may even have a favourite you always use.

5 Heat through and then serve over freshly cooked spaghetti or a pasta of your choice.

Recipe by Danny Waters: www.theveganhousehold.com

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