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    Vegan meatball creamy pasta bake with dill & salad onions

    by Elly Curshen

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 65 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes 60 minutes 15 minutes

    Serves: 4 - 6

    Ingredients

    1 tbsp olive oil
    About 20 vegetarian or vegan meatballs
    65g vegan butter alternative
    50g plain flour
    2 Oxo Meat-Free Beef Flavour Stock Cubes
    1 tbsp Bart Umami Paste 
    500g conchiglie rigate
    4 salad onions, finely sliced at an angle 
     250ml vegan double cream alternative
    ½ x 25g pack flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
    ½ x 20g pack dill, roughly chopped

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC, gas mark 6. Add the oil to a large roasting tin, or flameproof and ovenproof casserole dish, then place
    in the oven to heat up for 5 minutes.

    2. Once very hot, add the vegan meatballs to the tin and cook for 15 minutes, shaking the tin halfway through, until browned on all sides. Remove from the tin and set aside. Do not wipe the tin and leave the oven on.

    3. Warm the tin over a medium heat. Add the butter alternative then the flour, stirring constantly, for about 2 minutes. Crumble in the stock cubes, add the umami, 1.35L just-boiled water, ½ tsp sea salt flakes and some ground black pepper. Increase the heat and bring to a simmer, whisking often.

    4. Add the uncooked pasta to the tin, followed by the salad onions and cream alternative. Stir everything together, cover tightly with
    a lid or foil and return to the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the pasta is tender and cooked through. Add the browned vegan meatballs
    and parsley halfway through, and a splash of extra water if needed, making sure you reseal the foil or replace the lid well. Sprinkle over the dill and adjust the seasoning, if needed, then serve immediately.

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