Vegan Pasta And Not-Meat-Balls

September 28, 2010 by Keri

I’ve used these Trader Joe’s vegan meatless balls once before, and again I dug them out of my freezer for a quick vegan pasta meal.  They aren’t my favorite meatless product, the flavor is very soy-ish, but I wasn’t about to let them go to waste either.

Vegan Pasta Recipes

I cooked whole wheat penne, and let the meatless balls simmer in marinara sauce for about 15 minutes, while I sliced and buttered bread for garlic toast.  After a sprinkling of garlic salt and nutritional yeast, I popped the bread in the oven to toast for 10 minutes.  It was a super quick and delicious meal!  I personally thought the garlic bread was the star of the show, but maybe that’s just because I love garlic bread and haven’t made it in a long time.

Vegan Pasta Recipes

Vegan Pasta Recipes

Vegan Pasta Recipes

How often do you use “short-cuts”, such as prepared meatless balls, in your meals?

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  1. Stefanie says:

    My short cut is store bought hummus. As much as I try I have not mastered hummus making. Plus it is just easier to have a container of hummus on hand for those quick meals. Now I want garlic bread looking at your meal.

  2. Leinana says:

    I’ve never bought those Trader Joe’s meatballs, but now I want them, because that looks great! I think it’s totally fine to use shortcuts now and then – I often get home late from work, and I’m the only one who cooks dinner, and making something like this is probably still much healthier than ordering take-out. Make no apologies for the shortcuts, we all need help sometimes! 🙂

  3. Dianne says:

    I rarely buy fake meat products, but I haven’t had any luck making homemade meatballs any better than the frozen kind (the beanballs from Veganomicon? Gross!)…I might get these to make a much-loved meatball sub 🙂

    • Keri says:

      They would be really great for a sub! Thanks for the heads up about the bean balls; I’ll remember to avoid those!

  4. Tiffany says:

    I bought some of those meatless “meatballs” from Trader Joe’s, too, but haven’t used them yet. Thanks for reminding me about them!

    I try not to use faux meat products too often, but I will occasionally add soy chorizo or a chopped Boca burger to certain dishes for convenient bulk and protein.

    • Keri says:

      Yeah, I agree. I haven’t found a good vegan premade chorizo though.. I forget where I got it, but the one I tried was so salty it was almost painful!

  5. Jaime says:

    We buy fake meat and dairy products very infrequently, but they’re a huge relief sometimes. I haven’t experimented a whole lot with making homemade meatballs. And the only time I made homemade vegan “burgers”, it didn’t taste all that great. I’m still hopeful, though.

  6. Liz says:

    This meal looks delicious! I’ll have to try those meatballs next time I get to TJ’s. I like to buy tempeh and use it in spaghetti sauce—it’s really simple as well. I do often purchase premade veggie burgers like Sunburger’s or Dr. Praeger’s and sometimes Gardein products depending on what I’m cooking for the week.

  7. Noelle says:

    Looks delicious but I agree with you, I would be turned off by the soy-ish flavor. I have not had any fake meats in a month. I am enjoying only because I was told to lay off on anything that has vital gluten. Sticking to tofu and tempeh for now. Nice dish !

    • Keri says:

      I love tempeh!! But unfortunately the husband seems to dislike it no matter how I prepare it, so I try not to make it *too* often. I think he’ll eventually like it with gradual persuasion… Haha!

  8. I do buy a few vegan meats and intend to buy more. I do not miss meat and i don’t think i ever will, but just to try something new that the rest of the family can eat (like when they have hotdogs, i make toffurkey) helps me have better “Family Meals”.

    Never been to trader joe’s, though i want to so badly. The nearest one is about an hour away, but i might make the trip soon!