Meatballs are sooooo passé. This is ‘Modern Italian-Egyptian Vegan Fusion’ at its finest! Tell them I said so! 🙂
If you have the time and the inclination, you could make your own falafel balls (and even pasta!) for this recipe, but if you’re like me and like your recipes super quick and easy, you can buy ready-made falafel balls from the supermarket. I found these in the fridge section (near the tofu) and they were the perfect size – about 2cm. I’ve used larger ones before and the result is too dry, but these were perfection!
You can make the sauce as gourmet as you like or keep it incredibly simple. Add whatever you like, and make it in large batches or for one – either way, it’s a fantastically easy meal to throw together. To make 2 – 3 servings:
- Spaghetti (I used a gluten-free brand)
- 1 packet of small falafel balls
- 1 large jar of crushed tomatoes/passata
- 1 glass red wine (or water)
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1/2 red chilli, chopped (or 1/2 tsp chilli flakes)
- 1/2 onion, peeled and chopped
- 2 large handfuls of mushrooms (any kind; I used shiitake and button)
- 2 tbsp black olives, drained and chopped
- 2 tbsp chargilled capsicum slices (from a jar, drained)
- 2 tsp caramelised onions (from a jar)
- Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil.
- Meanwhile, in a large fry pan, shallow fry the falafel balls in some coconut oil for a few minutes, and then remove from the pan and set aside.
- In the same fry pan, cook the onion, mushrooms and garlic for a few minutes until the juices from the mushrooms simmer off.
- Add to the pan the crushed tomatoes, falafel balls and other ingredients, and stir and simmer until the spaghetti is ready.
- Cook the spaghetti in the boiling water as per the packet instructions.
- Serve the spaghetti topped with the falafel balls and sauce, and garnished with fresh basil leaves and walnut ‘parmesan cheese’ (combine 1/4 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup nutritional yeast and a dash of salt in a blender until a fine powder forms).
- Enjoy with a large glass of Italian red wine whilst watching ‘The Bucket List’ pyramid scene, knowing that you have at least brought joy to your taste buds. 😉
“You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. ‘Have you found joy in your life?’ ‘Has your life brought joy to others?’”