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Veggie ‘meatballs’ with creamy tagliatelle and green beans recipe

Veggie ‘meatballs’ with creamy tagliatelle and green beans recipe

4 ratings

We've used Tesco Plant Chef Meat-free Balls to make this kids' meatball recipe vegetarian. Any type of pasta works well in this creamy dish so swap in your favourite. See method

  • Serves Serves 2 with leftovers
  • 5 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook
  • 434 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian


  • 1 tbsp olive oil​
  • 1 x 336g Tesco Plant Chef Meat-Free Balls
  • 200g tagliatelle
  • 100g Fine green beans
  • 150g ricotta
  • 40g pecorino, grated
  • handful fresh basil, leaves picked
If you haven't got tagliatelle, try using spaghetti or linguine

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    17g 24%
  • Saturates

    7g 37%
  • Sugars

    3g 4%
  • Salt

    1.9g 32%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 51.2g Protein 20.8g Fibre 3g


  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add the meat-free balls and cook for 14 minutes, turning frequently until golden all over. 
  2. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the tagliatelle to packet instructions, then drain, reserving 200ml of pasta water.
  3. Meanwhile, steam the green beans for 3-4 minutes until cooked to your liking. 
  4. Add the cream cheese and reserved water to the drained pasta and toss to coat. Scatter over ¾ of the pecorino and fold through the meatballs. Divide between two plates, sprinkle over the remaining pecorino and garnish with the basil leaves.

See more Vegetarian recipes for kids

Cooking for children: There are no reference intakes for children and all of these recipes are based on recommendations for an adult woman's portion size. In children of different ages, there is variation in their energy (calorie) requirements and nutrient recommendations. If you are interested in which portion size is best for your child, you can visit the School Food Standards.

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