Saturday, 25 June 2011

Isa & Terry's Beanballs with Marinara Sauce and wholemeal spaghetti

Kitchen Play List:  Newton Faulkner ~ Rebuilt by Humans Album

Bean Balls in Marinara Sauce on wholemeal spaghetti
This meal would be a contender for my last meal on this earth. Seriously! lol. It works as a simple meal for two and I have been known to serve it, production line styley for 20 people! lol. It's true. And I have to say that I am a little relieved to be posting it finally, as it's the recipe that most people ask for, when I have cooked it for them. I do wax lyrical about Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Romeros wonderful tome Veganomicon 

I have lost count how many times I have typed this recipe out for my meat eating family and pals so now I can say.."Hey..check out the blog man!" lol. But Isa and Terry should take it as a huge compliment that it's asked for so You never know I may get one of the omnivores to buy the recipe book one

The bean balls are great with marinara and pasta and they also work great with a wholemeal sub roll with the same marinara and pine nut cream..all recipes of Isa and Terry's. I don't think there are even words for how good these recipes are together. Just try them...please? lol. 

The hardest thing about making the bean balls is mashing the kidney beans...then it's all thrown in together and you roll them up for baking. I use a tbsp measure to get the perfect sized bean balls. The only adaption I make is that I cannot eat Wheat Gluten...I can't bare the chewiness that you get...too much like meat to I use the alternative which is plain wholemeal flour. 

A warning for when making the will suddenly find people gravitating towards the kitchen and taking deep sniffs of the sauce because it smells soooo good. lol. It's made in 15 minutes and I always adhere to Isa and Terry's K.I.S.S principal...Keep It Simple Stupid. lol. Still makes me chuckle and I've made this recipe a thousand times. 

I serve mine more often than not with wholemeal spaghetti and some steamed broccoli. 

This is the link to Isa & Terrys Website

Isa & Terry's Bean Balls I get 32 bean balls using a tbsp measure
(Recipe from Veganomican/Moskowitz&Romero)

Beans Balls hot out of the
2 14 oz tins kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp olive oil (I use Rotino Healthier Cooking Oil ~R~)
2 cloves garlic, grated or crushed
1/4 tsp lemon zest
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup wheat gluten or plain wholemeal flour
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried thyme

Pre-heat the oven to 375'F/190'C/Gas Mark 5. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Mash the kidney beans in a mixing bowl  until no whole beans are left. (We start with a potato masher and then finish with a fork to get any rebel ones!) You don't want them to be completely smooth though. Add the soy sauce, tomato paste, oil, garlic, lemon zest, breadcrumbs, wheat gluten or flour and herbs and use a fork to mix it all together. Using a tbsp measure scoop out portions and roll them between your palms and then place them onto the lined tray. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and then flip them and bake for another 10. Remove from the oven.

NB: I always make mine ahead of needing them so I usually reheat them in the final minutes of cooking the marinara sauce. ~R~

Isa & Terry's Marinara Sauce Recipe Makes approx 4 servings
(Recipe from Veganomicon/Moskowitz&Romero)

2 tsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 14oz tin chopped tomatoes
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt, (I use 1/4 tsp ~R~)
1/4 tsp sugar (This is my it's optional ~R~)
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat a large skillet over a medium heat. Add the oil and garlic and saute for about a minute, until fragrant, being careful not to let it burn. Add the remaining ingredients, cover, and raise the heat a little to bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

NB: I try and reduce oil in the recipes I cook and I have tried with this one but you definitely lose something by doing so. So when I make this sauce I always use the full amount needed. just gotta give a little! ~R~

I know it's not a popular way of cooking pasta but I cook mine in the microwave as I don't like the vats of water sat on stove tops. So I use a large microwaveable bowl and put my required amount of pasta in it. Cover it with freshly boiled water from the kettle (I strain mine but that's because we live in a hard water pain!) and cook on High for 6 minutes then remove and stir. Cook for 3-4 more minutes and then strain the pasta. 

It's simply a case of heating the bean balls in the sauce and then spooning over the cooked pasta. But please treat them gently, no chefy tossing the balls around in the

Serve and enjoy...and thank the vegan gurus that are Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Romero for such wonderful