Herby chickpea balls with tomato sauce

Herby chickpea balls with tomato sauce

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(29 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Serves 3
Vegetarians don't need to miss out on pasta with meatballs, with this no-fuss meat-free version

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal607
  • fat19g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs85g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre6g
  • protein30g
  • salt2.15g
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Ingredients

  • 2 slices white bread, crusts off and torn into pieces
  • 75g parmesan, or vegetarian alternative, 50g roughly chopped and 25g grated
    Parmesan

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 400g can chickpea, drained
  • 3 garlic cloves, 2 roughly chopped and 1 crushed
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
    Oregano

    Oregano

    or-ee-gar-no

    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • small handful basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 560ml jar passata with onions and garlic
  • 200g spaghetti, linguine or tagliatelle

Method

  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Whizz the bread and roughly chopped Parmesan in a food processor to crumbs, then throw in the chickpeas, roughly chopped garlic, half the oregano, a few basil leaves and some seasoning. Pulse until the mixture starts to come together, then add just enough of the egg while the motor is running to bind together. Shape into 18 small balls. Transfer to an oiled baking sheet and cook in the oven for 15 mins, turning halfway.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large pan, fry the crushed garlic in the olive oil for 1 min. Then tip in the passata, remaining oregano and some seasoning and simmer until the chickpea balls are ready. Cook pasta following pack instructions.

  3. When the chickpea balls are cooked, serve over the pasta, with the tomato sauce and the rest of the basil on top. Sprinkle with the grated Parmesan.

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inathalie
1st May, 2011
4.05
Well, they were quite dry, but apart from that I really enjoyed this veggie dish. I served them with spaghetti pasta and classic tomato passata spiced with some herbs.
ibrente
25th Mar, 2011
5.05
Quick and easy, and absolutely delicious!
twinkle48
25th Mar, 2011
5.05
Really easy to make and my ultra fussy vegetarian teenager loved these, as did the rest of the family.

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