Everything in the Cupboard Meatballs

I’m being super careful with money at the moment, so dinners have been a weird concoction  of all the random stuff left in my cupboards. Some days the randomness does not work. At all. It’s been like returning to my Mofo days! Today I found myself looking at some leftover chestnut puree, some tinned beans and a few spoons of pesto. Somehow I managed to put something together that really worked. Hurrah! It was so good I came straight to my laptop to share it with you.

Everything in the Cupboard Meatballs


  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tin kidney beans
  • 2 tbsp aubergine pesto (creamed basil or ordinary pesto will do here, or sub for tomato puree and a few dried herbs)
  • 1/4 cup chestnut puree
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1 slice wholemeal bread
  • pinch of salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C and line a tray with tin toil.
  2. Pop the onion and garlic into a food processor and blitz until chopped.
  3. Add the beans, chestnut puree, pesto, nutritional yeast, salt, flour and a torn up slice of wholemeal bread. Blitz again until fairly smooth.
  4. The mix will be fairly sticky, but mould into balls and pop onto the tray. Spray or drizzle with oil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, turn the balls over, spray again and bake for a further 10 minutes.
Makes 12 balls
I served mine with a Homemade Tomato Sauce

  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tin tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock
  • generous pinch of salt
  • squeeze of sweet freedom
  • pepper
  • a little olive oil
  1. Fry the onion, leek and garlic in a little oil until soft.
  2. Add the puree, tomatoes, stock, salt and pepper
  3. Simmer for 20 minutes, taste and add a squeeze of sweet freedom if you need a bit of sweetness.
I also had the Broccoli Polenta from Appetite for Reduction, which is really easy to make and went well with both the sauce and meatballs. I’m finally happy to have leftovers hanging around in the fridge!
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