Whenever someone is hesitant to try out eating more meatless meals, one of my favorite things to do is show them just how comforting and hearty plant-based eating can be.
I think a common misconception about a plant-based diet is that it’s just a bunch of salads. So not true! A plant-centered meal can be just as hearty and stick-to-your-ribs-y as meals with animal products. And this big ole plate of spaghetti and meatballs is a perfect example of that.
I posted my first meatless meatball recipe back in 2011 after getting a recipe emailed to me by one of my coworkers. I was really happy with the taste of the recipe, but now looking back at it, the ingredient list was a little unwieldy. It had 17 ingredients just to make some daggum meatballs!
For years now, I’ve been working on perfecting that recipe with four main goals in mind:
- Reduce the ingredient list as low as possible (it’s down to 10 for the base recipe).
- Use only pantry staples (the weirdest ingredient here is walnuts).
- Make it gluten-free (my husband eats GF—this is the best GF spaghetti we’ve found, by the way).
- Keep it delicious, meaty, and hearty (it totally is).