• Chickpea Balls:
  • 2 x 400g cans Wattie's Chickpeas in Springwater, well drained
  • 1 cup wholemeal breadcrumbs, (about 2 toast slices bread)
  • 1 Tbsp Gregg's Onion Flakes
  • Handful fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • Italian Tomato Sauce:
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 2 x 400 g cans Wattie’s Chopped Tomatoes in Juice
  • 1 ½ tsp Gregg's Rubbed Basil
  • 250 g fettuccine pasta
  • Chopped fresh parsley to garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 190 C (fan assisted).
    To make the chickpea balls: Place the drained Wattie’s Chickpeas, breadcrumbs, Gregg’s Onion Flakes and parsley into a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is combined and the chickpeas fairly smooth. While the motor is running add enough of the beaten egg to bind the mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Roll mixture into 24 even-sized balls. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Brush balls with a little olive oil. Bake for 20 minutes, turning after 10 minutes.
  2. While the chickpea balls are baking prepare the sauce. Heat a dash of oil in a medium sized deep lidded pan. Add the onion and stir-fry over a medium low heat until softened. Add the garlic and grated carrot. Continue cooking for a further minute. Pour over Wattie’s Chopped Tomatoes in Juice. Add Gregg’s Rubbed Basil and stir. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Season to taste.
  3. Cook the pasta according to packet directions. This will take about 10 minutes. Drain well before serving.
  4. To serve place the pasta in bowls: Top with the chickpea balls and spoon over the sauce. Garnish with chopped parsley and grated Parmesan* if wished.

*Parmesan cheese is an optional ingredient for serving with this recipe. Please note that Parmesan often contains animal rennet.

As this recipe is vegetarian, choose a vegetarian (or dairy free) Parmesan or omit this optional ingredient from the recipe.

Top Tips

  • You can make the sauce in advance and make the chickpea balls on the day as the sauce is freezable.

Made With

Chopped Tomatoes in Juice

Vine-ripened in Hawke’s Bay and picked when perfectly ready, these tomatoes are chopped and blended in their own juices to bring you only the best.

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