Gourmet Vegan Pesto Pasta with Cauliflower Meatballs

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This gourmet vegan pesto pasta with cauliflower meatballs dish is a hit at dinner parties!

Spring is here, and with the season comes the desire for refreshing, light, yet satisfying meals. This vegan recipe fits the bill perfectly! Cauliflower is all the craze at the moment due to it’s versatility, dense composition of nutrients, and low number of calories.  Made with nutrient dense whole food ingredients, this gourmet vegan meal is one you will be proud of!

Bucatini Pasta with a Springtime Asparagus Walnut Pesto Topped with a Spicy Cauliflower Meatball

Ingredients for Pesto/Pasta

  • 1 lb steamed asparagus
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • pinch red pepper flakes 
  • 1 lb. Bucatini Pasta

Ingredients for Cauliflower “Meatballs”

  • 1/4 head steamed cauliflower chopped and cooled
  • 1 cup cooked and cooled whole wheat couscous
  • 2 tbsp pure pumpkin
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 cup V Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 4 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to tastegourmet-vegan-pesto-dish-with-cauliflower-meatballs

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients for pesto in a food processor and put on high setting and allow all ingredients to blend well. Add a little extra oil if pesto is too thick.
  2. For the Cauliflower “Meatballs” combine all ingredients except couscous into a food processor and mix well.
  3. Transfer to a large bowl and fold in couscous.
  4. Adjust seasonings.
  5. Roll into tiny meatballs and heat a non stick pan on low/medium heat coated with oil.
  6. Gently allow meatballs to brown on all sides turning every minute.
  7. Mix pasta with pesto and garnish with crushed walnuts.
  8. Top with a meatball or two and enjoy!

Tips

  • If “meatballs” are too dry add more pumpkin.
  • If mixture is too wet add additional Breadcrumbs.
  • Keep the balls small so they cook through quickly.
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Ron Badach
Living a healthy lifestyle and offering people creative plant based cooking ideas is a passion for Ron. In 2013 Ron appeared on ABC's The CHEW winning its "Hunky Husband Cook-off” with his signature Black Bean Burger. People from across the country began to contact Ron about how to transition away from a meat-centric diet. In response Ron launched his Callicoon Kitchen brand and began posting creative, easy to follow how-to cooking videos and recipes giving people hands-on techniques for making vegan dishes that they can incorporate into their own lives. A vegetarian for 20 years Ron is now 100% vegan and he is committed to sharing his belief in the benefits of organic produce and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ron combines strength training and running to stay fit. A huge animal lover, Ron loves to hang out with his rescued Black Lab, Otis. Future plans include a vegan product line and Callicoon Kitchen cookbook highlighting all his vegan in-house favorites. Ron lives in New York and Virginia with his wife and three daughters. Follow Ron on Follow Ron on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter. Check out and subscribe to Ron Badach Callicoon Kitchen at http://www.callicoonkitchen.com/

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