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Impossible™ Spaghetti and Meatballs

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by Impossible Foods Chef J. Michael Melton

Imperfect is delighted to finally offer plant-based meat from Impossible Foods to our customers. To celebrate this partnership and help you get cooking, we’re sharing some of our favorite recipes featuring the Impossible™ Burger.

Spaghetti and meatballs are a go-to comfort food because you can taste the love that goes into making them. This plant-based take on meatballs is great with spaghetti, on an Impossible meatball sub, or simply on their own.


  • 1 package Impossible Burger
  • 2 Tbsp thyme
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 Tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 28 oz can of San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 Tbsp oregano
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Prep your ingredients: Preheat the oven to 425° F. Dice one yellow onion. Remove the stems from the fresh herbs and finely chop (thyme, oregano, basil).
  • Make the meatballs: In a bowl, combine the Impossible Burger, ¼ cup of diced yellow onion, 2 cloves of minced garlic, breadcrumbs, egg, 2 tablespoons of grated cheese, red pepper, and 1 tablespoon each of thyme, oregano, and basil. Mix until incorporated. Form 2 oz meatballs and pack tightly. Place the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, bake in the oven for 8 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown. (Make it 100% plant-based with plant-based cheese.)
  • Make the sauce: Sweat the remaining onions and minced garlic with olive oil until they are soft. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Once the sauce has finished cooking, add the remaining fresh herbs and cook for 1 more minute, then season to taste.
  • Boil pasta and assemble: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a generous pinch of salt and cook the spaghetti according to the package’s instructions. Add the meatballs to the finished sauce and serve over spaghetti. Top with your choice of cheese.
  • Serve, share and enjoy! Makes approximately 12 meatballs, serves four.

Spaghetti and Meatball Notes and Variations

  • If you want to amp the love up to 11, try pairing your spaghetti and meatballs with some homemade tomato sauce!
  • These meatballs would pair wonderfully with some grilled fennel. Fennel is one of our favorite underdog vegetables.


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