Monday, March 17, 2008

Fun Pasta with Mini “Meat"balls

Source: Vegetarian Times (modified by Aimee)

2 cups soy crumbles (about 10 oz.)

½ cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
1 large egg, lightly beaten

2 TB olive oil plus extra for frying
2 cups dry fun-shaped pasta (like cavatappi) 
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 TB plus ¼ cup grated parmesan or Romano
¼ tsp basil
¼ tsp oregano
1 TB lemon juice
1 tsp chives
1/4 tsp thyme
salt & pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400.  Heat a little olive oil in pan & saute soy crumbles until browned.  Place in bowl & add 2 TB cheese, breadcrumbs, egg, basil, & oregano; mix together until combined.  Roll into 1 inch balls & place on oiled baking sheet.  Bake 15 minutes or until browned & a little crispy.
2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions.  During last few minutes of cooking add peas.  Drain & return to pot.  Mix in lemon juice, 2 TB olive oil, chives, & thyme. Gently toss pasta with ¼ cup parmesan cheese and salt & pepper to taste.  Serve with "meat"balls.

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