I adapted a recipe that I found here to use what I had on hand. It galls me to use a recipe that effing Zakarian has created, but while I don’t care for him on a lot of cooking shows, he does know his shit. He got some skillz. I only had carrot pulp…always with the carrot pulp…I have nightmares about carrot pulp.
2 cups of carrot pulp (if you have a centrifugal juicer rather than a masticating one, you will have to strain some of the liquid out of the pulp)
1 egg (I used two because I had more than 2 cups of pulp, you could easily sub flax meal mixed with water here for a vegan option)
1 tbl extra virgin olive oil
peppered bacon salt (I used this in lieu of salt & pepper…it’s low in sodium and adds a nice bacony punch)
1/4 cup of panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan reggiano cheese, finely grated (this could be subbed out for some vegan parm)
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce (I currently have Bertolli Tomato & Basil)
enough cooked spaghetti for 4 people (I used a veggie spaghetti I get at a local grocery…MOAR FIBAR!)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or line the top rack of the oven with foil and spray on some olive oil cooking spray (this is what I did).
In a large bowl, mix together the vegetable pulp, cheese, oregano, bacon salt, garlic & onion powders until well combined. Beat the egg with the oil and add to the mix, Combine well then add the breadcrumbs, mixing again. Allow mixture to sit for about 5-10 minutes before forming meatballs using about 2 tablespoons of the mixture for each. Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet or foil.
Bake for 30 minutes, using a spatula to flip the meatballs halfway through baking. Add to warmed sauce and serve atop spaghetti with a sprinkle of parm.
Edit: These taste amazing, almost like a chicken or turkey meatball. The texture is perfect. One suggestion I would make is to not put them in the warmed sauce, rather set them atop the portions of pasta and ladle sauce over them. This is what I ended up doing. I think if they sat in the warm sauce they could get mushy.