(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Believe it or not, healthy comfort food does exist. And nothing says ‘comfort’ like good ol’ spaghetti and meatballs.

This Italian-inspired dish is made from scratch, but the homemade sauce is easy to make, and the fresh flavor makes it totally worth the effort. It’s so good, it might even remind you of a dish your nonna used to make! Buon appetito! — Global Animal

Spaghetti and marinara with vegan, soy meatballs. Photo Credit: PETA

Spaghetti and Marinara With Soy Meatballs

Yield: 2-4 servings


  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 14-oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Soy meatballs (see recipe below)
  • Prepared spaghetti

For the meatballs:

  • 1 14-oz. pkg. ground-beef-style Gimme Lean
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup water, or as needed
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil


  • In a medium saucepan, sauté the onions and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the tomatoes, water, salt, pepper, sugar, and basil. Bring to a simmer, then pour into a food processor or blender. Pulse 4 to 5 times, being sure to leave small chunks of tomato. Pour back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat.
  • Add the tomato paste, lemon juice, and soy meatballs and simmer on low heat for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring continuously. Adjust the seasonings if necessary.
  • Serve over prepared spaghetti or pasta of your choice.

For the meatballs:

  • Mix all the ingredients together, except the water and the oil. Add just enough water to make the “meatballs” moist.
  • Shape the “meatballs” so that they are approximately 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
  • Add the oil to a pan over medium heat. Add the meatballs and pan fry until lightly browned on all sides, about 10 minutes.

Recipe Courtesy of PETA

More PETA: http://www.peta.org/living/food/spaghetti-marinara-soy-meatballs/

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