Monday, August 17, 2015

Farmer's Market Spaghetti with Beet Balls

Farmer's Market Spaghetti with Beet Balls

Saturday is farmer's market day for me and I look forward to it all week. There are so many around the city but I'm blessed to have one just 3 blocks away. I've done cooking demonstrations there and gotten to know the growers and their specialties. I usually buy more than I need but then have the pleasure of coming up with recipes for my bounty.

Farmer's Market Spaghetti with Beet Balls
My last haul included carrots, zucchini and beets and they all seemed to beg for a pasta dish. Just veggies or should I add meatballs? Actually, I added beet balls. A few months ago I was watching a show that mentioned them but no recipe was given and I couldn't find one on the web. So, I just made one up and I've loved it ever since. They're really a beet version of falafel but with a few extra fun ingredients. Trust me, you won't miss the meat with these. And pasta is versatile enough to get creative with the classic spaghetti and meatballs recipe.

For me, the key to eating a healthy portion of pasta is to mix it with a lot of vegetables so I can enjoy a bowl of my favorite Barilla Thick Spaghetti guilt free. And as an added bonus, the beet balls can be made in bigger batches and frozen which makes this a healthy and fast dinner. Enjoy!

Farmer's Market Spaghetti with Beet Balls
by Hungry Couple
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ingredients (4 Servings)
  • Pasta:
  • 1/2 lb. Barilla Thick Spaghetti
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 Zucchini, julienned
  • 2 Carrots, julienned
  • Shaved Parmesan (optional)

  • Beet Balls:
  • 1 Red beet, peeled
  • 1/2 Cup chickpeas
  • 1/2 Cup walnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons tahini sauce
  • 2 Scallions
  • 1/4 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Farmer's Market Spaghetti with Beet Balls
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Add the beet, chickpeas, walnuts, tahini sauce, scallions, garlic powder and cumin to a food processor and puree until thoroughly combined. Season to taste. Form 1 oz. balls (I used a scoop) and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes.

Cook the pasta in salted boiling water according to package directions.

While it's cooking, heat the olive oil and butter in a large saute pan. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, being careful not to burn it. Add the julienned carrots and zucchini and toss together, cooking for an additional minute. Add the cooked drained pasta and toss to combine. Serve with the beet balls and some shaved Parmesan cheese if desired.

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  1. This is so unbelievably creative!! Looks amazing!

  2. mmm. . .loving the sound of those beet meatballs. Now this is totally how you do a vegetarian meal. Hearty and healthy and full of color!

  3. Do you use a raw beet or a cooked beet?

    1. Hi Lisa - This is a raw beet. The final result will be completely soft and tender. No need to pre-cook it.

  4. Ohhh I never thought of ever making a beet ball! I love my meat but love veggies even more, so I need to stop by my farmer's market soon to make this. Beautiful color too.

  5. I love this vegetarian take on spaghetti and meatballs! I love beetroot and I've made beet fritters plenty of times. I can't wait to try the falafel-ish ball version and with a healthy dose of veggies and pasta I can see this becoming a family favourite :)

  6. "A beet version of falafel" sounds like something out of my dreams. I love beets, and falafel, so so much. I can't wait to try this recipe!

  7. I'be made eggplant balls before, but I', LOVING the idea os beet balls! This recipe is so gorgeous!

  8. A beet version of falafel?? What a great idea! I'm loving that this looks just as hearty as traditional spaghetti and meatballs but with all those healthy veggies!

  9. I just made this. The beetballs are freaking amazing. The pasta lacked a sauce.


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