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Spicy, Saucy Plant-Based Meatballs and Spaghetti

Meat Free Monday
  • Serves: 4
  • Preparation: 5
  • Cooking: 20
  • Ready: 25

A delicious quick and easy mid-week dinner, packed with spicy flavour in a simmering tomato sauce.


  • 360 g spaghetti
  • 800 g (2 tins) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 red or yellow pepper
  • 1 red or white onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 250 g (approx.) plant-based meatballs (e.g. ‘Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian Meatballs’)

To serve

  • fresh herbs


In a large pot, boil water for the spaghetti.

Thinly slice the onion and pepper. In a large frying pan, sauté the chopped onion and pepper in the olive oil until soft. Add the dried oregano, chilli and cumin powder to the pan and fry until you can smell the aromas of the spices.

Add in the plant-based meatballs and fry for 5 minutes or until the meatballs are a little browned. Once the meatballs have browned, add the chopped tomatoes and simmer for five minutes.

By this time, the pasta water should have boiled. Add a generous pinch of salt to the water and then add the spaghetti to cook. Cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions.

Keep stirring and simmering the sauce on low until the spaghetti is just al-dente.

Drain the spaghetti and add to the pan with the sauce and meatballs. Simmer all together for one final minute before adding chopped fresh herbs to serve.

Additonal notes

Recipe and video created for Meat Free Monday by Louise-Claire Cayzer at The Vegan Larder

  • Choose any type of pasta – gluten free, wholewheat or regular.
  • If your meatballs are frozen, you can cook them from frozen – just simmer a little longer to ensure they are cooked through.
  • This recipe makes enough sauce for four people. If you’re cooking for fewer, just remove some of the sauce before serving and freeze or save for later. It makes great sloppy but delicious sandwiches!

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