• Johnny Roberts

Vegan black bean and quinoa balls with buckwheat spaghetti

Welcome to one my favourite dishes. This one really is such a tasty one! It's classic Italian comfort food at it's best but made a bit lighter with the addition of it being vegan. These balls are great in pasta's as you can see here or also as comforting in a falafel or just as a side dish with a nice dip.


  • 4 zucchinis or 350g of buckwheat pasta

For the black bean and quinoa balls

  • 1/2 cup of quinoa

  • 1 can of black beans

  • 1/4 cup of sesame seeds

  • 1/4 cup of oat flour or bread crumbs

  • 2 tbsp tomato paste

  • 1/2 tbsp Sriracha

  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1,5 tbsp chopped fresh herbs (oregano, sage, rosemary, basil)

  • salt, pepper

For the sun-dried tomato sauce

  • 1/2 cup of halved cherry tomatoes

  • 1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1 clove of garlic

  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts

  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast

  • handful of fresh basil

  • 1 tsp oregano

  • salt, pepper

To serve

  • fresh basil

  • 1/2 cup of halved cherry tomatoes


Black bean and quinoa balls

  1. Add quinoa and one cup of water to a pot and cook for about 15 minutes. Drain any excess water and let cool a bit.

  2. Meanwhile add black beans to a bowl and mash coarsely with a potato masher or a fork. Add quinoa, sesame seeds, oat flour or bread crumbs, tomato paste, Sriracha, nutritional yeast and spices and mix well together. Use your hands to make it into a mouldable dough.

  3. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into balls (about 22-25 total). Place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.

  4. Bake at 200°C/400ºF for 35-40 minutes, or until crispy.

Sun-dried tomato paste

1. Place sauce ingredients in a food processor and blend until creamy.


1. Spiralize zucchinis and place in a large bowl, or prepare your pasta according to package instructions.


1. Add sun-dried tomato sauce and cherry tomatoes to zucchini/pasta and mix well. To serve, top zucchini/pasta with 4-5 balls per serving and sprinkle with fresh basil. Enjoy!

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