From the Cheapskates Club Pasta Recipe File
1 cup TVP
1 cup hot water
3 slices fresh bread, whizzed into crumb or torn into very small pieces
1 large onion, grated
1 tsp mixed herbs
1 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tin crushed tomatoes
1 tin tomato soup
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp sweet basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
Pour the hot water over the TVP and let it sit 5 minutes. Mix together the mince, TVP, breadcrumbs, grated onion, mixed herbs, tomato sauce and egg using your hands. Make sure everything is well combined. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. With wet hands roll teaspoonsful into small balls and place them in rows on the cookie sheet. Bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees) for 25 - 30 minutes. Check them after 15 minutes and shake them around to brown evenly. Makes 42 meatballs.
While the meatballs are cooking, cook the spaghetti and make the sauce. Cook the Spaghetti according to the directions on the packet.
For the sauce gently cook the chopped onion in a non-stick pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray until transparent. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato soup, basil and oregano. Stir to mix. Cook over a low heat until mixture thickens.
To serve: place spaghetti on plate, top with meatballs and pour sauce over. Top with grated cheese or sprinkle with grated parmesan if you prefer.
Serves 6, costs $1.04 per serve
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