Friday, April 12, 2013

Spaghetti with spinach balls

This was the recipe from my cousin. I think she learned from food channel. I changed lot of things to suit our taste and finally settled with this recipe. A perfect vegetarian option. Ricotta cheese and spinach was awesome combination. I have tried spinach avocado pasta, may be spinach and pasta works great too.


Ingredients:
  • Spaghetti - 1/2 lb or half of the packet
  • Pasta sauce - 1 cup
  • Oil - 1 tbsp

For spinach balls:
  • Chopped spinach - 1 cup, frozen
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
  • Ricotta cheese - 1/4 cup
  • Bread crumbs - 1/2 cup
  • Oil - 1 tsp + 2 tbsp 
  • Salt and pepper - to taste


Method:

Boil the spaghetti as per box instruction. Heat a pan with a tsp of oil, add garlic and paprika flakes. Add the spinach. Let it cook in a medium flame till all water are absorbed. If the spinach is cooked and you have more water, remove the water and use it later.
Switch off the flame. After it cools completely, add the ricotta cheese, bread crumbs and salt. Mix well. 
Make balls from the mixture. Heat a small pan with 2 tbsp of oil and shallow fry the balls, turning around to make golden and crispier. Remove and place them aside. Heat the wide pan with a tbsp of oil, add paprika flakes. 
Add pasta sauce and boil for 2 minutes. Add the spinach balls and spaghetti. Stir gently.

Serve immediately.
Notes:
  • If you want to use fresh spinach, wash and drain the water completely and proceed in the same way.
  • Ricotta cheese can be replaced by panner.
  • If your spinach mixture is too dry to form a ball, add a tbsp of cheese. If it's too moist, try adding more bread crumbs.
  • If you are not comfortable in handling spinach balls with sauce, stir spaghetti and sauce first. While serving you can add the spinach ball.

21 comments:

divya said...

wow i want to grab them from the screen,yummy!!!

Gayathri Ramanan said...

delicious..healthy dish

Vidya Chandrahas said...

Awesome..looks so delicious.

Sapana Behl said...

Wow ! Looks perfect for lunch!

Srimathi Mani said...

Awesome recipe Anu. I will make this for my daughter she would enjoy it.

Navaneetham Krishnan said...

The spinach did work for the wonderful outcome. I feel so good that I have discovered a new use for spinach and one working on my mine for the next meal at home.

Manju said...

Anuuuuuu....what a loevly idea to make spinach balls and it looks so damn cute and yumm!! I'm definitely gonna try this at home...get some veggies into my kiddo :-P

Shobha said...

Very nice recipe..

Priya Suresh said...

Love those greeny cute balls, very interesting and best way to sneak greens, cant stop myself drooling here.

Hema said...

That's a 'wow' recipe, would love to try it..

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Lovely idea to add spinach balls...very nice will try

Shama Nagarajan said...

tempting and inviting dear

Julie said...

innovative idea,yummy!!

Maayeka said...

Nice and interesting recipe.

Apu said...

Yumm! Looks super!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Tempting and yummy recipe...

Carole said...

Anu that looks good. Cheers

PS I have an image about spaghetti that you might enjoy. If you would like me to send it to you just drop me a line on ca4ole@gmail.com.

Anonymous said...

I made these with soft goat cheese (and some added red onion and walnuts) and they were deeelicious! It is hard to find a meatball-type veggie recipe that doesn't require a food processor so thanks for sharing!

Justin Fame said...

You mention paprika flakes in the recipe,but no amounts to use listed in the ingredients list.

Justin Fame said...

You mention paprika flakes in the recipe,but no amounts to use listed in the ingredients list.

Anu said...

Justin use 1/2 tsp or as per your spice level.

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