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Spaghetti and Lentil Balls

Hearty and delicious baked lentil balls served over spaghetti, made from shirataki noodles as a lighter alternative to spaghetti.
Course dinner
Cuisine gluten-free, grain-free, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword spaghetti and lentil balls, vegan lentil balls
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Total Yield 4 servings
Calories Per Serving 414 kcal
Author Yup, it's Vegan


For the baked lentil balls:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion , diced
  • 1 large carrot , diced
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 and 1/2 cups cooked green lentils (equal to one standard can, drained well)
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup walnuts

For the spaghetti:


For the baked lentil balls

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray the parchment paper with oil.
  2. In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and carrot, and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until both are softened. Add the garlic and cook for another 60 seconds, until fragrant.
  3. Use a spatula to transfer the vegetable mixture, including any residual oil, into a food processor. Add the cooked lentils, pepper, oregano, nutritional yeast, and tomato paste, and pulse to combine. Finally, add the walnuts and continue to pulse until the walnuts are crumbled. Add other seasoning to the mixture to taste. (If you did not use canned lentils, you will probably need to add salt).
  4. The mixture will be fairly soft, but form it into small lentil balls as best you can, placing them on the baking sheet with plenty of space between them.
  5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. If the lentil balls are firm enough, carefully flip them over after 25 to 30 minutes before continuing baking. Let the lentil balls cool for 5 to 10 minutes before gently removing them from the sheet with the help of a spatula.

For the spaghetti:

  1. Meanwhile, drain the package of tofu shirataki, and rinse the noodles. Either microwave the noodles for 1 minutes, or boil them for 3 minutes. Use kitchen shears or a sharp knife to cut the noodles to a shorter length for eating (half is fine).
  2. In a small sauce pan with no oil or liquid, cook the noodles over medium heat for about 7-8 minutes, stirring them frequently. You will see the noodles releasing steam, and want them to end up dry but still supple.
  3. Add your tomato sauce, stir, and bring it to a steady simmer to heat the sauce. Reduce the heat to low to keep the spaghetti warm while you wait for the lentil balls to be done.
  4. Serve a generous portion of spaghetti with around 1/3 of the lentil balls, topped with hemp parmesan if desired. Leftover lentil balls keep in the fridge for a couple of days - store after cooling to room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
Spaghetti and Lentil Balls
Amount Per Serving (1 fourth recipe)
Calories 414 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Sodium 231mg 10%
Potassium 524mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 13g 52%
Sugars 8g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 57%
Vitamin C 19%
Calcium 13%
Iron 24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.