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These vegetarian meatballs are a great way to swap out the meat in a classic dish!
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ingredients
SPAGHETTI & PECAN MEATBALLS
PECAN MEATBALLS
1 clove garlic (minced)
1 medium yellow onion (minced)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups pecan meal
1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 bunch flat parsley (chopped)
1 cup mozzarella (shredded)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
4 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
salt and pepper (to taste)
TOMATO SAUCE
1 medium yellow onion (minced)
1 clove garlic (minced)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 can crushed tomatoes (28 ounces)
kosher salt and black pepper
1 bunch fresh basil (torn)
1 pound spaghetti

directions
For the Meatballs: preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat, add olive oil, onion and garlic, cook until soft and translucent., about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a large bowl, add onions, garlic, pecan meal, bread crumbs, dried oregano, flat leaf parsley, mozzarella, parmesan, eggs, hot pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Using your hands mix to combine. Form into golf ball sized balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to cooked tomato sauce, let simmer for 5-10 minutes.
For the Tomato Sauce: in a medium Dutch oven over medium high heat, add olive oil, onions and garlic, cook until soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti, cook according to package directions. Drain pasta and serve with pecan meatballs and tomato sauce.
Tips:
– After making the pecan meatballs, freeze the extra until ready to use!
– Instead of pecan meal, use almond meal!

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