Sun-dried Tomato Pasta with Cheesy Garlicky Spinach Balls

I have made this dish several times in the last week, it’s THAT good.

It contains basically all my favourite things: tangy sun-dried tomato, balsamic vinegar, cheese and garlic…

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The spinach balls are adapted from Antonio Carluccio’s recipe with just a few tweaks to veganise it and swop the nutmeg for a more tomato-compatible flavour. It looks like a lot of ingredients but it’s all stuff you’re likely to have already, nothing fancy!

No photos of the assembly or cooking stages as my phone died and I had to let it charge, typical!

Sun-dried Tomato Pasta with Cheesy Garlicky Spinach Balls
Serves 2

For the Spinach Balls (adapted from Antonio Carluccio’s recipe):

2 bags / 400g of spinach
2 slices of wholemeal bread pulverised into breadcrumbs
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 cup nutritional yeast powder (or more/less as you desire it)
1 vegan ‘egg’ = I used a mixture of 2 tbsp water, 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp baking powder.
Oil for frying

For the Pasta:

150g pasta (any type you fancy)
Healthy glug *technical term 😁* of extra virgin olive oil
4-5 tsp of balsamic vinegar (or more/less as you desire it)
1/2 cup sun-dried tomato paste (or more/less as you desire it)
1/2 cup nutritional yeast powder (you get the idea 😉)
1/2 tsp garlic powder

  1. Pierce holes into each bag of spinach and microwave for 3 minutes. Drain in a colander then press between wads of kitchen roll to dry off as much as possible. Chop into small pieces.
  2. Combine the spinach with all the other ball ingredients except the ‘egg’. Add half of the ‘egg’ mixture at first and mix: if you are able to form balls at this stage discard the remaining ‘egg’, if not add the rest. We don’t want it too soggy!
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan on low-medium and add your spinach balls. Turn every now and then, they will go a lovely golden brown mmmmmmmm 💕
  4. Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain and pop back in the pan. Add all pasta ingredients and stir until warmed through.
  5. Plate the pasta and arrange the spinach balls on top.

Guys if you try this let me know what you think! It is AMAZE. Fact.

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