• 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 150g mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 x 400g tins chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 x 390g cartons chopped tomatoes with chilli
  • 2 large courgettes
  • 20g vegetarian hard cheese, shaved


  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas mark 6. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large frying pan and add the onion. Cook for 2-3 minutes before adding the carrot and mushrooms. Continue cooking for another 4-5 minutes until the carrots are just tender. Set aside to cool.

  2. 2

    Pulse the chickpeas in a food processor, then add the cooked onion, carrot and mushrooms. Blitz and add the egg, coriander and cumin until it comes together. Roll the mixture into 20 balls using your hands and chill in the fridge for up to an hour.

  3. 3

    Transfer to a baking tray lined with baking paper and cook in the oven for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, add the chopped tomatoes to the pan and season, then simmer for 7-8 minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly.

  4. 4

    Meanwhile, put the courgettes through a spiraliser, then add to another pan with the remaining oil and cook for 2 minutes while stirring continuously. 

  5. 5

    Divide the spaghetti between four bowls and top with the meatballs, tomato sauce and cheese.

Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 1285kj 307kcal 15%
  • Fat 9.4g 13%
  • Saturates 2.3g 12%
  • Sugars 13.3g 15%
  • Salt 0.8g 13%

% of the Reference Intakes

Typical values per 100g: Energy 281kj/67kcal

Each serving provides

31.6g carbohydrate 15.1g fibre 16.4g protein

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