Pasta with Meatless Meatballs in Marinara Sauce

Hello and I am so happy that you stopped by to see what is going on here at Cooking’s Good.  In my last post I told you that I would share some photos from our venture to Pennsylvania.  We got to see some of the season change.  The colors were outstanding, I can never get enough of that sight.  This was also my first time on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Have you been on there, especially at this time of the year?  Amazing!!  We plan on driving the whole parkway next year.  I am so excited, I want to see the natural bridge, have you see that?

Early morning in West Virginia

Blue Ridge Mountains

On to today’s recipe!

To me, there is nothing better than pasta with a tangy marinara sauce.  Add in some garbanzo bean nuggets and you have a hearty meatless meal.  I love to make things with garbanzo beans, falafels are a huge favorite.   I made these little gems in the same way as the falafels only replacing the herbs and spices with an Italian blend.  I even added in some fennel seeds.  Tasty.  I hope that you like this recipe, I think that you will enjoy the flavors and never even miss the meat.  Have a lovely week!

Garbanzo Nuggets

1 cup dry garbanzo beans soaked overnight drained or quick boil method

1/2 onion chopped

1/2 green pepper chopped

2-3 cloves garlic chopped

1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds

1/4 cup fresh basil

1/4 cup fresh oregano

4-5 tablespoons whole what flour

1/4-1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Place the soaked and drained garbanzo beans in the food processor with all the other ingredients except the cheese and flour.   Process until all the beans are broken down.  Put the bean mixture in a large bowl and add the cheese and a few tablespoons of flour.  Mix well.  Keep adding flour until you have a mushy consistency.  I use for hands.  Place in the fridge for about 15 minutes.  Wet your hand and start forming into balls, press well so that they stick together.  If the mixture is to loose you can add more flour or Parmesan cheese.  Fry in hot oil until golden brown.  Serve with your favorite pasta sauce over some piping hot pasta.



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15 Responses to Pasta with Meatless Meatballs in Marinara Sauce

  1. Hi! I’ve been reading your web site for a while now and finally got
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    Austin Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the great work!

  2. Meatless meatballs! LOVE it. Beautiful

  3. That early morning shot is gorgeous! I’m a huge falafel fan so I love the idea of doing a twist on them to make Italian “meatballs”. Those must be so savory awesome.

  4. What a beautiful time of year to make that drive! I’ve seen it in the summer, but I think the fall would be stunning.

  5. Oh, how I want to be out East for the colors right now! These meatless meatballs look fantastic, and perfect protein-filled to boot.

  6. On first glance, there is no way to tell that’s a veggie meatball!! YUM!! I am going to have to try these. I love your trip photos… amazing!

  7. Love the recipes and all of your pictures. In your nature photos you’ve captured a bit of serenity that is welcomed and needed in our world.

  8. What gorgeous pictures! Yes, I did have the privileged of driving the Blue Ridge Trail in the fall. It was quite awesome as you show here! Love the picture of the misty morning. Meatless meatballs and pasta – you just make it all don’t you Suzi! These do look delicious and what a way to have a hearty meatball without the meat.

  9. Those are some amazing photos, my friend!
    I make patties out of chickpeas but never thought of rounding it and use in pasta sauce. Great idea!

  10. we just got back from a trip to pennsylvania as well! it is just gorgeous with the changing of the leaves! your pasta dish looks sooo good, i can’t believe you used garbanzo beans for the meatballs – that was such an inspired move!

  11. Meatless meatballs? They look delicious!

  12. Great meatless meatball recipe and absolutely gorgeous photos!

  13. Stunning photos my friend :)
    And I love this meatless meatballs they look so delicious and like the real deal!

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. Love those meatless meatballs. Great to serve them with arugula. Blue Ridge mountain view is amazing.

  15. Absolutely amazing!! Never thought of using garbanzo beans for meatballs!! Love the idea and have to try :) Love the fennel too :)

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