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Spaghetti with Brussel “Meat” Balls

May 24, 2011
spaghetti with brussel balls

So one day I was thinking- I want to turn a normal meat recipe into a vegetarian meal… and so I thought brussels sprouts are shaped like balls and meatballs are also shaped like balls, so why not use the brussels instead of meatballs on spaghetti!?

OK. So I know I didn’t make a huge genius discovery but hey, it tastes good and it’s really healthy. So if you’re a vegetarian, or if you just enjoy eating veggies over meat on occasion (like me), then this meal is for YOU!

I am having a difficult time thinking of a name for this dish… Vegetarian Spaghetti, Spaghetti and Brussels Sprouts, spaghetti and brussel balls (that just sounds weird). I’ll just stick with Spaghetti with Brussel “Meat” Balls. Vegetarian dishes like to use “quotation marks” a lot in recipe names any way. Now on with the recipe:

Spaghetti with Brussel “Meat” Balls


  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Olive oil
  • Sauce (You can make your own sauce from scratch with my sauce recipe here , or to make it a little easier do what I did  this time: use a regular jar of spaghetti sauce and add some grilled onions, garlic and basil.)

To Do:

  • Boil a big pot of water for the pasta
  • Cut the ends off of the brussels sprouts and take off the outer leaves.
  • Season them with pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic salt, etc.
  • Place them in a steamer basket in a pot with a little bit of water, cover and steam for about 10 minutes or so.
  • Meanwhile, chop up some onions and fresh garlic and saute them in olive oil in another pot.
  • When your pasta water boils, add your desired amount of pasta, stirring occasionally.
  • Once the onions and garlic are shiny and throughly cooked, add the can of pasta sauce, some extra basil, and reduce the heat to low. Simmer while stirring occasionally until everything else is done.
  • The spaghetti is done when you throw a noodle at the wall and it sticks. (no kidding, that’s how you know!)
  • Serve the spaghetti! Noodles first, then brussels sprouts, then sauce. YUM!

I finally got a new battery charger for my camera! No more camera phone pictures after this- whoo hoo!

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  • Reply Em-shazzam! July 5, 2011 at 2:54 am

    brilliant! Faced with just brussel sprouts and a jar of pasta sauce I typed ‘brussel sprouts and pasta sauce’ into google not expecting any joy. Found your recipe and 30 mins later was enjoying a delicious meal. Thanks :)

    • Reply kranbox July 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      Awesome!! I am glad you enjoyed it! :)

  • Reply daf January 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Why am I always the last to know! I love brussel sprouts and I eat tons of spaghetti. But I’m too lazy to make meatballs. What an ingenious idea! Excuse me, but I gotta go make this right now. Thanks so much for making me a happy woman. Bless you!

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