Spaghetti with Mushroom and Lentil Meatballs

Spaghetti with Mushroom and Lentil Meatballs

  • Vegetarian
A brilliant veggie version of a much-loved classic, with extra flavour added by Knorr Vegetable Stock Pot
  • 30 MINS

    Cooking Time

  • Easy


  • 10 MINS

    Prep Time

  • 4 People


  • 1 Knorr Vegetable Stock Pot
  • 500 g passata with garlic and herbs
  • 500 g mixed mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 400 g spaghetti
  • 250 g mixed baby tomatoes
  • 235 g tinned green lentils, drained
  • 50 g fresh fine breadcrumbs
  • 30 g basil leaves, picked
  • 15 g parsley, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  1. Set a shallow casserole dish or a deep frying pan over a medium heat and add half the olive oil, the red onion and the garlic. Add the mushrooms and half a Knorr stock pot and cook for a further 5 minutes until the mushrooms are soft and glossy. Remove from the heat, transfer to a bowl and allow to cool slightly.

  2. Add the breadcrumbs, parsley and lentils to the bowl and mash ingredients with a fork until combined - the mixture does not need to be completely smooth.

  3. Roll into 16 even balls (you can lightly flour your hands to help prevent the mixture sticking), place on a baking tray and chill for 20 minutes.

  4. Return the pan to a medium heat. Add the remaining olive oil and place the meatballs in the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown, turning gently. Add the passata, fresh tomatoes, the remaining half of the Knorr Stock Pot and half of the basil leaves. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 5 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, add the spaghetti to a pot of boiling water and cook for 9-10 minutes until al dente. Remove the meatballs from the heat. Drain the pasta and add to the meatballs, turning to coat the pasta - stir gently so the meatballs do not break up. Adding a few tablespoons of paste water to loosen the sauce if required.

  6. Transfer to a large warmed platter, garnish with pepper and the remaining basil leaves.

  1. Amount per Serving
Nutritional values Amount per Serving
Energy (kcal) 812.18 kcal
Protein (g) 36.57 g
Sugar (g) 18.48 g
Fat (g) 11.7 g
Fibre (g) 13.97 g
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