Meat-Free Balls in Tomato Sauce with Tagliatelle

This dish is extremely tasty and simple to do. It’s a dish of mainly vegan substitues which means it might not be the healthiest in terms of processed food etc. But it is ideal for someone transitioning to vegan cooking. Or for someone reluctant to change because of their love for cheese… The dish is very

The dish is very cheesey and, for those who live in the UK, very easy to source ingredients as the vegan cheeses sold in the chain “Sainsbury’s” are genuinely delicious. For us this is a real comfort food. The level of skill varies meal to meal. Most of the time I make my tomato sauce from scratch, but since the jar featured here was on special offer for 75p (you can’t buy tomatoes that cheap!) I used that. On weekends I may also make my own pasta, pesto or garlic bread, but after a busy day working, dried pasta and a jar

The level of skill varies meal to meal. Most of the time I make my tomato sauce from scratch, but since the jar featured here was on special offer for 75p (you can’t buy tomatoes that cheap!) I used that. On weekends I may also make my own pasta, pesto and/or garlic bread, but after a busy day working, dried pasta and a jar or pesto is good enough!

Ingredients:

  • Meat free meat balls
  • Dried tagliatelle (fresh often contains eggs)
  • Red onion
  • Red pepper
  • Chilli
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes (fresh, jar or tinned)
  • Tomato puree
  • Pesto
  • Cream cheese alternative
  • Oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cheese alternative (to serve)

Step 1

Pop the meatballs in the oven as instructed on the packet.

Step 2

Boil a pan of water with some salt and oil before adding the pasta. Reduce to a medium heat then simmer for 12-15 minutes. 

Step 3

Whilst the water is boiling, prepare the vegetables; chop the onion, pepper and chilli and grate the garlic.

Step 4

Fry the onions in a hot pan with oil for 3-5 minutes. Add in the pepper, chilli and garlic and fry for another 3-5 minutes. Add the jar of tomatoes, puree and a tsp of pesto. Allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes.

Step 5

Stir in the cream cheese and turn to a low heat.

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Step 6

By now the meatballs should be cooked so take them out of the oven and mix into the tomato sauce. The pasta should also be ready so drain and cover with a little oil and black pepper.

Step 7

Serve and enjoy with or without a cheese alternative grated over!

Such a comfort food! And it makes fantastic leftovers, I always do enough for both our lunches the next day! Mmmm!

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