Raw Pasta Marinara and No-Meat Balls

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  • Vegetarian
    Vegetarian
  • Vegan
    Vegan
  • Raw
    Raw
  • Dairy Free
    Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free
    Gluten Free
  • Egg Free
    Egg Free
  • Soy Free
    Soy Free
  • Blender
    Blender
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    Processor

This raw pasta marinara with no-meat balls is one of my go-to raw dinners because it's low in carbs, loaded with nutrients, and really delicious.

The no-meat balls are optional. If you want to make this an even quicker meal, you could skip making the meat balls. You can spiralize the zucchini noodles and blend up the marinara sauce in less than 20 minutes.

The sauce is very rich when you taste it straight out of the blender. But, it mellows out when you stir it through the zoodles. You're also best to add salt to taste once you've assembled the entire dish.

If you don't have a vegetable spiralizer to make spaghetti-style noodles, use a vegetable peeler to shave off thick fettuccine-style noodles. Either way, the pasta tastes delicious and looks gorgeous. Kelp noodles are also a great raw option.

Using raw vegetables in place of conventional cooked pasta opens up so many possibilities for including more vegetables into your diet. Spiralize squash, beets, or carrots for noodles, or use a mandoline to shave red or golden beets or jicama for ravioli-style pasta.

Get creative and make this dish your own.

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Raw Pasta Marinara and No-Meat Balls

Raw Pasta Marinara and No-Meat Balls

Serves 430 MINS

no-meat balls:

  • 1 cup raw walnutssoaked 
  • 1 date, soaked for 15 minutes

  • 1/4 cup finely diced celery 
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 clove)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste

marinara sauce:

  • 2 cups roughly chopped tomatoes

  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes 

  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

  • 1/2 cup firmly packed basil leaves

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic (1 clove)

  • 1 date, soaked in filtered water for 15 minutes 

  • 1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste

  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes, plus more to taste 

zucchini noodles:

  • 4 medium zucchinis
  1. To make the no-meat balls​, place all of the ingredients into a food processor fitted with the s blade, and process until well combined. Season to taste. Using a tablespoon measurer, scoop into balls. (The mixture should make about 20 small balls.) Transfer the balls to mesh dehydrator sheets, and heat at 115°F for 6 to 8 hours.
  2. To make the marinara pasta sauce, place all of the ingredients in your blender and blast on high until well combined. (This sauce will thicken while sitting so blend right before serving.)
  3. To make the zucchini noodles, use a vegetable spiralizer to make spaghetti-style noodles, or use a vegetable peeler to shave off thick fettuccine-style noodles.​
  4. To serve, stir the marinara sauce through the zucchini noodles, and top with the meat balls, Garnish with basil.

Photo by Trent Lanz and styling by Alicia Buszczak

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