I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cannellini Bean No Meat "Meatballs" with Tomato Sauce

My youngest daughter needed to make a vegetarian meal using beans for her humanities class.  One of her favourite meals is spaghetti so we found this recipe to try
(adapted from http://www.cookincanuck.com).
Cannellini beans sounds kind of exotic and maybe hard to find.....but no worries.  It's only a fancy name for white kidney beans!

1 roasted red pepper, roughly chopped
22 oz can cannellini beans, drained
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup packed chopped spinach
1/2 onion, grated
1  1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 egg
3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs

3 cups tomato sauce
250 g cooked spaghetti
parmesan cheese to serve

You can buy roasted red peppers, but there's nothing to making them yourself.  Simply broil whole pepper turning every 2-3 minutes until each side is slightly blackened. Remove from oven and place in a bowl covered with plastic wrap for about 5 minutes.

Once cool enough to handle, cut in half, remove seeds and slip off the peel.

Place the pepper and rinsed beans in a food processor and pulse until chopped.  You don't want a purée.

In a large bowl mix the bean/pepper mixture with the remaining ingredients up to and including the bread crumbs.

Line a  baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350F.

Make 2 tbsp size balls and place on sheet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.

Take the "meatballs" and add to your tomato sauce.
I used this recipe


but you could use any sauce you like.

Simmer on low 10-15 minutes.  Serve on spaghetti with parmesan to top.

I wasn't sure if I would like non-meat meatballs, but I really did enjoy them.  And my daughter did a great job making them! 

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