Here is a traditional Italian peasant dish, anti-waste and simple to prepare but with guaranteed results, meatless meatballs with tomato sauce. These meatballs have the particularity of being made without meat, but only with a few genuine ingredients, such as bread, Parmesan cheese, garlic, aromatic herbs and eggs. The meatballs are then cooked in tomato sauce and the dish is ready, perfect for anyone. And then these meatballs are satiating and rich in antioxidants thanks to the lycopene of the cooked tomato, the chili pepper and the spices used. Well then, enjoy this tasty meal!
500 grams of stale brown bread
150 ml of plant based milk
100 grams of grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove of garlic
1 small onion
Chopped parsley and mint, two teaspoons
400 ml of tomato pulp
Extra virgin olive oil
Soak the bread in the milk, then squeeze it well and place it in a large bowl. Add the eggs, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, parsley and mint, a generous grind of pepper and salt. Knead the mixture with your hands. Add milk if the mixture is too hard or, on the contrary, if it is too soft you can add some breadcrumbs. The result must be a consistent dough, such as to allow you to make meatballs. Then shape the meatballs with your hands. Place the meatballs in the refrigerator for about twenty minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Chop the onion and brown it in a pan with extra virgin olive oil. Add the tomato pulp and cook for ten minutes. Take the meatballs out of the refrigerator and place them in the pan with the sauce. Bake for 15 minutes, taking care to turn them once in a while. Meatless meatballs are ready! You can serve with a pinch of chili pepper or chopped parsley, according to your taste.