Garlic Herb Pasta with Chicken Meatballs

Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Peanut-Free, Nut-Free, Fish-Free, Shellfish-Free


Main Course

Prep Time:

10 Minutes

Cook Time:

30 Minutes






Kristina Koslosky


A delicious twist on your standard spaghetti dish. This recipe calls for chicken meatballs and a fresh herb sauce that is sure to leave you satisfied.


    Meatball Ingredients
    1 lb. ground chicken
    1 egg replacer equivalent
    ½ cup breadcrumbs
    ½ cup vegan Parmesan cheese
    2 tbsp. olive oil
    ½ tsp. garlic powder
    1/2 tsp. onion powder
    ½ tsp. salt
    1/8 tsp. pepper

    Pasta Ingredients
    8 oz. vermicelli, angel hair, or spaghetti noodles
    1/2 cup vegan buttery spread
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tsp. lemon zest
    3/4 cup spinach, coarsely chopped
    1/2 cup parsley, coarsely chopped
    2 tbsp. lemon juice
    1/2 cup vegan Parmesan cheese
    1/4 cup reserved pasta water
    Salt & pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Make meatballs. In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients (i.e. ground chicken, egg replacer, breadcrumbs, vegan Parmesan, olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, & pepper). Mix well.
3. Roll meatballs into 1 inch balls. Place on a cookie sheet with foil and cooking spray. Bake for 25 minutes, flipping halfway.
4. Cook pasta al dente according to package instructions. Drain pasta and reserve 1/4 cup pasta water.
5. Melt vegan buttery spread in skillet. Sauté garlic and lemon zest for 3 minutes or so. Add spinach and parsley. Cooked until greens are wilted.
6. In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, cooked meatballs, and lemon garlic mixture. Toss well. Top with 2 tbsp. lemon juice, 1/2 cup vegan Parmesan cheese, and 1/4 cup reserved pasta water. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
*** Pasta water is optional but it helps loosen the pasta.
    • Substitute regular noodles with whole wheat or vegetable based noodles.
    • I have also enjoyed this dish with finely diced and cooked spinach which adds both good greens and flavor.
    • Gluten free option: Substitute noodles for a gluten free noodle.
    • Meat free option: Substitute chicken for a plant or bean based meat.


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