Bean “Meat” Balls & Spaghetti

Bean “Meat” Balls & Spaghetti


Yield: 20 meatballs - 4 servings

Nutrition (1 serving)

Calories 809;
Fat 13.2g;
Saturated Fat 3.9g;
Trans Fat .2g;
Cholesterol 59mg;
Protein 37g;
Carbohydrates 136.9g;
Fibre 13.6g;
Sugar 12.5g;
Vitamin A 142RE;
Vitamin C 17mg;
Calcium 292mg;
Iron 9.2mg;
1 tbspcanola oil15 mL
1onion, small1
1 packagewhite mushrooms, sliced1 package
2 clovesgarlic, minced2 cloves
1 canRomano beans, drained and rinsed540mL
1 cupbreadcrumbs, divided250 mL
1/2 cupParmesan cheese, grated125 mL
1/4 cupparsley, chopped60 mL
1/4 tspsalt1 mL
1/4 tsppepper1 mL
1/2 tbspdried oregano7.5 mL
1 lbdried spaghetti454 g
GarnishParmesan cheese, chopped fresh parsley

These simple and hearty “meat”balls are made with Romano beans and umami-rich mushrooms. Featuring classic Italian flavours that you have come to love in a traditional meatball.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time:  45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat, add canola oil, onion, and mushrooms; cook until onion is translucent, and mushrooms have released their moisture, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, allow to cool 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, add mushroom and onion mixture, and Romano beans. Pulse just until combined, not pureed.
  4. In a medium bowl add bean-mushroom mixture, egg, 3/4 cup breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, parsley, salt and pepper; mix until well combined. Set aside.
  5. In a shallow bowl add remaining breadcrumbs and oregano, mix to combine.
  6. Using your hands, form bean-mushroom mixture into 1-inch (2.5 cm) balls; roll in breadcrumbs and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  7. In a large non-stick pan over medium-heat, add tomato sauce and cooked bean “meat”balls. Cover and simmer until sauce is warmed through, about 8 minutes.
  8. While the sauce warms, prepare spaghetti as per package directions.
  9. Serve bean “meat”balls and sauce over spaghetti noodles. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley, if desired.