Sep 10, 2014

Spaghetti With Vegetarian Meat Balls From Italy for I

I am a big fan of David Rocco s cooking shows, may be because of  I like Italian cuisine. When I started cooking for this BM this is the recipe I made first. I wanted to make this meat ball in tomato sauce in Italian style from long time. Since I am a vegetarian I couldn't use meat. Then one fine day I saw this recipe in David Rocco's show. He made the same vegetarian meat ball with zucchini, I liked it very much even this eggplant meat balls taste too good.  
Eggplant  ---  1 big ( the big one what we use for bharta)
Bread  ---  2 slices (2 to 3 days old bread)
Milk  --- 1 cup
Eggs  --  2
Parmesan cheese --- 1 cup grated (Here I want to tell about cheese David Rocco used 2 types of cheese in his recipe one is Pecorino and parmigiano. I didn't get those both cheeses in the place of those cheeses I used Parmesan cheese.
Salt to taste
Bread crumbs ---  1/2 cup
Flour  ---  3/4 cup
Olive oil for frying the balls
Olive oil  ---- 2 tab sp
Onion --- 1 big finely chopped
Tomato puree  --- 700 g
Parmesan cheese for sprinkling
For meat balls:--
1. Chop the eggplant and boil in salted water for 4 minutes. Drain and cool then squeeze the extra water from the eggplant.
2. In a bowl take mils and dip the bread slices for a while then squeeze the milk from the bread.
3. Now take eggplant, bread, eggs, cheese and salt to taste, now add bread crumbs and flour (save a little flour to roll the balls). Mix well to combine every thing (if you mixture is too moisture then you can add some more flour and bread crumbs). 
4. Now make golf ball size balls and roll them in the flour.
5. Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the eggplant meet balls till golden.
For tomato sauce:--
1. In a pan heat olive oil and saute onion then add tomato puree, salt to taste and bring the mixture to full boil, reduce the heat to medium add the meat balls and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
Sprinkle some cheese and set a side.
For spaghetti :--
Spaghetti  -- 1 pack.
salt a pinch
Olive oil --  1 tab sp
Water for boiling
1. Bring water to a full boil in big pan.
2. Once water is boiling add salt and oil, pasta and cook for 10 minutes.
best to check if the pasta is cooked or not eat a piece if it is soft enough to eat then your pasta is ready to serve.
Now pour the pasta in to a strainer, shake well and bring back the paste to the same pan in which you cook the pasta.
Add  3 tab sp of tomato sauce and mix well so that tomato sauce will coat on the pasta very well.
Now add the meat balls with tomato sauce mix gently.
Serve sprinkle with cheese.


Srivalli said...

That's a great and filling meal Padma..have been wanting to make this meat balls with spaghetti for a long time..

Usha said...

Vegetarian meat balls are simply awesome. I would have never imagined making it with eggplants. Nice recipe.

Varada's Kitchen said...

Very nicely done. Very innovative use of eggplant.

cookingwithsapana said...

Veg meat balls and spaghetti looks so delicious !

Pavani said...

That is such a yummy looking pasta dish and love those eggplant meatballs.
Parmagiano is the Italian way of calling Parmesan cheese.

Priya Suresh said...

Love that vegetarian meat balls, that plate of spaghetti is just inviting me.

Unknown said...

omg vegetarian meat balls with eggplant really sound very interesting and spaghetti looks irresistible dear :) tempting me !!

Harini R said...

A simple and filling meal. Eggplant in the veg meat balls is very innovative and interesting.

Padmajha said...

Nice one Padma, with he eggplant meat balls and a very filling dish.

Chef Mireille said...

perfect faux meatballs - they look just like the meat ones

Priya Srinivasan - I Camp in My Kitchen said...

Oh lovely those meatballs look scrumptious!!! Very filling meal!!!

Archana said...

Wow Padma i love the meat balls. A yum way to get egg plant in my girls they will not know what went in. Thanks.