Today I am sharing one of my favourite meals: Vitamix Recipe #23: Raw Vegan Spaghetti Marinara with "No Meat" Balls. If you are looking for a delicious healthy low-carb meal, this is it! The meat balls are optional. If you can't be bothered making them, this is still a satisfying meal. I just include them to sneak in some more veggies and nutrition, and to make the dish a little bit more filling. If you are looking to make this dish nut free, just leave them out. I have deliberately left these raw meat balls very mild in flavour in order to mix with the sauce.
The thing I love about this raw marinara is how quick and easy it is to make. Just throw all of the ingredients in your Vitamix and devour. I will say that you won't get a completely smooth creamy consistency with a conventional blender. However, you can still enjoy this quick easy pasta sauce with a more rustic consistency if you use a conventional blender or food processor!
If you taste the sauce right out of the carriage it might seem a bit strong and overpowering. But this sauce mellows out and the flavours balance out beautifully when you mix the sauce with the raw pasta noodles and vegetables. Don't add any more salt to the sauce. Add your salt to taste after you have mixed the pasta together for the best flavour. You could also season with freshly cracked pepper which tastes delicious!
To make the raw zucchini noodles, you can either use a vegetable spiralizer (which is what I did) to make quick easy spaghetti-style noodles, or just use a vegetable peeler to shave off thick fettucini-style noodles. Either way, the pasta tastes delicious and looks gorgeous. I love using a spiralizer because it separates the core and seeds for you. You can make all of the noodles in less than 10 minutes. Vegetable spiralizers cost about $35 and are very easy to use. Just attach the vegetable and wind the handle! Raw "Fasta Pasta" anyone?
I use zucchini and yellow squash/zucchini for noodles, and jicama for ravioli pasta the most. These vegetables most closely resemble traditional pasta. You could also use kelp noodles for this raw vegan pasta dish. Kelp noodles can be purchases from health food stores. If you are not a raw foodist, you can also stir this through cooked gluten free pastas or even traditional wheat-based pastas. This sauce pairs with everything!
To assemble the pasta: just mix everything together, surround with some meat balls, and garnish with some fresh basil leaves. But feel free to get creative and top with whatever tickles your fancy. Enjoy!