Vegetarian Chickpea “Meatballs” with Pasta Sauce

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30 Minutes Prep
1 Hour Total

This easy vegetarian Vegetarian Chickpea “Meatballs” with Pasta Sauce meal comes together in an hour.

Ingredient List
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained, rinsed Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (3 oz) Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 1/2 cup panko crispy bread crumbs Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 1 egg Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil Small check mark in a circle icon
  • 1 1/2 cups (from 25.5-oz jar) Muir Glen™ Organic Roasted Garlic pasta sauce Small check mark in a circle icon
  • Additional basil, if desired Small check mark in a circle icon
Preparation
  1. In food processor, place chickpeas, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese, the bread crumbs, garlic and basil; process 1 minute to combine. Scrape down sides; add egg and salt. Process about 1 minute or until mixture is completely blended. Refrigerate 20 minutes.
  2. Heat oven to 400°F. Line 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil; spray with cooking spray. Scoop a rounded tablespoon of chickpea mixture; gently roll into 1 1/4-inch ball. Repeat with remaining mixture to form 18 balls. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add chickpea balls; cook 5 to 6 minutes, turning frequently, to lightly brown on all sides. Transfer to pan. Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until balls are firm to the touch.
  3. Meanwhile, heat pasta sauce in covered 1-quart saucepan over medium-low heat 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until heated through.
  4. Serve with pasta sauce and remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese over pasta, cooked to package directions. Garnish with additional basil.