Monday, 31 August 2009

Quorn "Meat" Balls with Tomato and Mint Sauce

Recipe Ingredients: (enough for 4)
  • 1 pkt of Quorn balls (these can also be soya balls or any other vegetarian substitute, in the case of not being able to find these you can use full button mushrooms about 300 grs, or real meat)
  • 300 grs spaghetti
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 large diced courgette
  • 1 very finely diced carrot
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 piece of ginger root the size of a garlic piece minced
  • 2 finely chopped medium hot chillies
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1 can of Italian plum tomatoes diced
  • 1 soup spoon of paprika
  • 11 chopped fresh mint leaves
  • a little bunch of chopped parsley
  • 4 soup spoons of fresh single cream (I used very little as I wish this dish to be healthy)
  • a little olive oil, salt and black pepper (to taste)

To cook the spaghetti put a pan on the stove with some water and a little salt and vegetable oil (a couple of soup spoons full), the salt will enhance the spaghetti flavour and the oil will stop the water over-frothing when boiling the pasta due to the starch in the spaghetti. This will take 10-12 minutes to be fully cooked which should be enough time to do the sauce.

To do the sauce I used a wok pan, with a little olive oil on the stove high temp, once hot I added the, onion, courgette, garlic, carrot, ginger and chilli + seasoning. Once the onion is semi-transparent (around 4 minutes add the Quorn balls, stock cube and tomatoes, bring this to the boil and reduce heat to medium let it cook another 6-10 minutes at this stage add the cream and mint cook for a further 1-2 minutes, remove from the heat and add the parsley, mix well and serve over the spaghetti. Enjoy!!!


Sanghi said...

Delicious Rico.. Looks great!

Anonymous said...

Have never heard of these vegetarian meatballs - but mushrooms sounds like a delicious substitute! Love your sauce ingredients.

The Duo Dishes said...

Mint and paprika...this is a really flavorful dish. Great color with the flecks of green as well.

Ana Powell said...

Hi Ricardo
I have never tried quorn or any type of soya products (except soya milk) but your recipe looks very appetizing. Loved the sauce x

Chow and Chatter said...

great veggie meal love the addition of mint

Ricardo said...

Many thanks to my dear friends:

Sanghi, Is a pleasure for me to know that you liked this dish, thanks for the lovely comment kisses xxx

Tastyeatsathome, one day i will attemp to make my own veggie patties, but for now I use ready made ones, thanks for the lovely comment kisses xxx

The duo dishes, Thank you for appreciating the strength of this dish which was indeed the flavours and visual. The mint was impeccable it cleared the palate while eating the sauce, and the visual just made one more hungry...cheers for the nice comment kisses xxx

Anna P, I think if you never tried you should, as I am a great believer that we should try at least once everything in life, (within reason hehe) thanks for lovely comment kisses xxx

Chow and chatter, I am a meat eater but sincerely appreciate a good veggie meal and is not just any veggie meal that pleases me it has to be fully flavoured and delicious, this one ticked all the boxes thus reason why I am sharing it with "yall", thanks for the lovely comment kisses xxx

Sophie said...

MMMMM,...this flavourfull meal is right up my alley!!


Anonymous said...

Never had Quorn - interesting. The meatballs sound yummy with paprika and mint!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rico and huge congrats. You are the winner of my giveaway challenge! Could you drop me a line so that we can arrange the shipping of the olive oil? :)

Ricardo said...

Many thanks to all my dear friends that have commented here:

Sophie, thanks for the lovely comment appreciated as well as you visit here, kisses xxx

5 Star Foodie, they were delicious with the mint quite refreshing and a clear palate, thanks for comment should try vegetarian I think you will like...kisses xxx

Ruth, I am so happy I made it in your contest, was a pleasure participating as was very interestingly done. thanks for all...mail will follow...kisses xxx

Megan said...

This looks delicious. I love the addition of mint and just a touch of cream.

momgateway said...

That looks good Rico!

Ricardo said...

brigado Momgateway, adorei o teu comento e visita querida. jinhos doces xxx

Megan, how sweet of you to say so, loved your visit and comment, thank you ..sweet kisses xxx


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