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Creamy Basil Marinara & No-Meat Balls

This recipe is vegetarian & gluten free with no added sugar.The No-Meat Balls are a blend of mushroom & garbanzo beans.

What You Will Need -

For The Sauce:

30 oz. canned diced tomatoes
30 oz. canned tomato sauce
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced,
1 large handful fresh basil leaves, rinsed & chopped
1/2c. good, dry red wine
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. dried basil
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. coriander
1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1c. heavy cream
Salt to taste


For The No-Meat Balls:

240 oz. Crimini Mushrooms (about 2 packages)
16 oz. canned Garbanzo Beans, rinsed and drained
1 handful fresh parsley, rinsed & chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 eggs
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. paprika
1 & 1/2c. gluten free flour
1c. vegetable oil

What to Do -

For The Sauce:

In a large pot, sauté the onion garlic and basil in the olive oil for three minutes, until the onions are clear. Add the remaining ingredients for the sauce except the cream and simmer on low heat for at least an hour. After the sauce has simmered, add the heavy cream to finish, mixing well. 

For The No-Meat Balls:

Use a food processor to finely chop the parsley, mushrooms, beans & garlic. In a large bowl combine the finely chopped items with the rest of your ingredients except for the cup of vegetable oil.

Drop the mixture by spoonfuls onto a large greased cookie sheet and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for twenty minutes.

Allow the No-Meat balls to cool when they come out of the oven for about fifteen minutes before you remove them from the cookie sheet.

Heat the cup of oil in a medium sized skillet over medium heat. Add the baked no-meat balls in batches and cook them in the oil until they are browned on all sides. Then remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain.

To Serve - 

When the no-meat balls have drained of excess oil, add them to the pot with the Creamy Marinara Sauce & serve over gluten free pasta. Enjoy! 


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