Pasta & Beanballs, or, Why the heck hadn’t I made these before?!?

Pasta & beanballs

I’ve had Veganomicon for well over a year and this is just the first time I’ve made the “Beanballs”. I feel like we have a great deal of catching up to do.

Maybe it’s because of their name, “Beanballs”, rather unappetizing, really. That being said, I haven’t really got a brilliant suggestion for an alternate title : Beanie Boulettes is the best I could do. It’s amazing how much sexier things sound in other languages, don’t you think?


This was vegan fast-food at it’s finest : the beanballs were super simple and quick to make, mostly because I nearly always have homemade frozen sauce in the freezer. I also had some frozen (cooked) garbanzos, so I used those, but I’m pretty sure any bean would be lovely. Dinner was on in no time and I heard nothing but “miam“s, and “c’est trop bon“s from the Fish Family so I was nothing but smiles. Ok. Tomato sauce-smudged smiles.


31 thoughts on “Pasta & Beanballs, or, Why the heck hadn’t I made these before?!?

  1. I love that recipe! I don’t make it nearly enough. I agree, “Beanballs” is a weird name. I call them meatlessballs, which probably isn’t any better though.

  2. I have made something very similar, vegetarian sausages using a tin of organic baked beans and mashing them with herbs and stuff, rolling them out into a sausage shape, bread crumbing them and shallow frying. Time consuming but so tasty and filling!

  3. teehee.. I was just trying to decide whether tonight would be a good time to break out my leftover tofu balls… mmm….

  4. mmmm they do look good, and I agree with what you say about the language of food. a word or two can make all the difference to what I am willing to put in my mouth!!! Have you read any Steven Pinker? He has some great theories about language in this area. Really interesting and fun sociological/humanities reading.

    glad the fish’s liked their food!

  5. I think bean balls sound delicious, but you’re right, beanie boulettes sound really classy. I made these a long time ago and loved them. Yours look super yummy!

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