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Zucchini tofu balls pasta with white sauce serving

Zucchini Tofu Balls Pasta with Garlicky White Sauce

Though this recipe requires quite simple ingredients, it yields an very satisfying meal which is very healthy and nutritious.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Main Course


  • 400 g linguine pasta

Zucchini tofu balls

  • 1 medium grated zucchini about 400 g
  • 150 g tofu (knead with a fork)
  • 1 flaxseed egg mix 1 tbsp ground flaxseed with 3 tbsp water
  • 80 g breadcrumbs or more
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp salt or less if using salted tofu
  • ½ tsp ground white pepper
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp garlic powder optional

White sauce

  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 500 ml vegan unsweetened cream
  • 5 tbsp nutritional yeast (flakes)
  • 1 tbsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp white ground pepper or to taste
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2-3 tbsp pasta water if needed


  • Press the tofu block to remove the excess water; then place it into a bowl and break it with a fork or by hands;
  • In a small bowl, mix 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed with 3 tbsp of water and set aside;
  • Grate the zucchini and then squeeze it to remove the water; put the squeezed zucchini into the same bowl with the tofu crumbs;
  • Preheat the oven at 180° C;
  • Add the flaxseed egg and the rest of the ingredients and mix them well; adjust the breadcrumbs quantity if needed;
  • Use a spoon to make small balls (2 cm) and place them into a baking trey lined with parchment paper;
  • Place the zucchini tofu balls into the oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until they turn golden;
  • While the vegan balls are baking, cook the pasta according to the package instructions; when they're almost done (al-dente), drain and rinse with cold water if the case (please read the information above the recipe on how to better organize the preparation); don't forget to save some pasta water for the sauce;
  • To cook the sauce, melt the vegan butter over medium heat in a large skillet;
  • Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and let it simmer over low heat for 2 minutes;
  • Stir in the cooked pasta, then add the vegan balls and cook together over medium heat for maximum 1 minute; add 2-3 tbsp of pasta water to thicken the sauce if necessary;
  • Transfer into serving plates and enjoy!


  1. Squeeze as much water as possible out of the tofu block and grated zucchini.
  2. Make small (2 cm) and equally sized vegan balls so that they cook fast and at the same time.
  3. Start by making the zucchini balls; cook pasta and sauce while the balls are baking.
Keyword vegan balls, vegan pasta, white sauce, zucchini tofu balls