Simply Organic Recipes
Spaghetti and Neat Balls

1 cup chickpeas
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for frying
1/2 cup vital wheat gluten
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp)
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon sage
1 package (12 ounces) spiral pasta
1  small jar pasta sauce
Mash chickpeas and 2 tablespoons olive oil in large bowl, leaving some lumps. Stir in vital wheat gluten, bread crumbs, tamari, garlic, lemon juice, herbs, and 1/4 cup water. Knead by hand 3 to 4 minutes, or until vital wheat gluten begins to form strands and all ingredients are well incorporated. Shape to ping-pong ball size.

Cook pasta according to package directions; warm pasta sauce in saucepan.

Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Sauté Neat Balls 7 minues, or until browned. Drain on paper-towel-lined plate; serve over pasta and sauce.

Ease of Preparation: Easy

Preparation Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Servings: 6

Recipe By: Erin Patton

From: Vegetarian Times 2008 Reader Recipe Contest

Nutrition Facts
As prepared, each serving contains 493 calories, 15.5g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 669mg sodium, 66g total carbohydrate and 23g protein.

Simply Organic home