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Vegan Pasta with Parmesan Meatballs and Jackfruit Goulash in a Savory Tomato Sauce

Pasta with Jackfruit Goulash and Parmesan Meatballs in Tomato Sauce - vegan

This tasty vegan  Pasta with Parmesan Meatballs and Goulash in tomato sauce dish I associate with many childhood memories. It does not only taste children, even adults are blown away by the cheesy balls. vegan | plantbased | milk-free | egg-free

Have you ever tried jackfruit?

Let me know in the comments below how do you like jackfruit. I love them to make fibrous structures into dishes. It is the perfect meat substitute when it comes to Goulash or pulled “pork”. With the right spices it tastes as good.

Which spices I use:

  • paprika
  • garlic
  • thyme
  • smoked paprika
  • mustard
  • Soy sauce
  • Marmite

For the balls in the  vegan Pasta with Parmesan Meatballs and Jackfruit goulash in tomato sauce dish , I take i.a.

  • beans
  • Mushrooms (which are really a great substitute in such recipes)
  • bread
  • vegan Parmesan (Recipe here)
  • chickpea flour
  • tapioca starch

And with appropriate spices, I have conjured up delicious vegan meatballs with a super cheesy taste.

Pasta with Jackfruit Goulash and Parmesan Meatballs in Tomato Sauce - vegan

A dish from my childhood

I guess you know, I live in the USA now. For those who did not know, now you know it. 😉 So far away from my home country and when I got the news of the loss of my grandmother, the world stopped for me. I really could not understand it and then being so far away, not be with my family. Made it even harder. And not knowing if I can make it to the funeral to fly over. So I had to do something that brought me closer to my grandmother and since this dish is the first thing I can think of, what she cooked so I had to try it. And I succeeded.

I wanted to share with you the amazing recipe for the  Vegan Pasta with  Parmesan Meatballs and jackfruit goulash in tomato sauce , which has a very high sentimental value. Now I am ready to share it with you. The last couple weeks I wasn’t ready for it.

Pasta with Jackfruit Goulash and Parmesan Meatballs in Tomato Sauce - vegan

Did you try the recipe?

If you did it, be so nice ♥ and let me know by rating the recipe and writing what you think about it. Tag me on Instagram too. I am @veeatcookbake and my hashtag is #veeatcomforts. So that I can see your creation.

Pasta with Jackfruit Goulash and Parmesan Beanballs in a Savory Tomato Sauce
Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish, Pasta
Cuisine: vegan, dairyfree, vegetarian, eggfree, sugarfree, plantbased, opt. glutenfree
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This tasty vegan pasta with parmesan meatballs and goulash does not only taste children, even adults are blown away by the cheesy balls
Jackfruit Goulash
  • 2 cans Jackfruit in brine
  • 2 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 garlic glove, minced
  • 1 tsp tried thyme
  • 1 tso smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp mustard powder
  • 2 tbsp Water or olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
Parmesan MeatBalls
  • 1 can Black beans
  • 250 g mushrooms
  • 1 small Onion
  • 4 Garlic gloves
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 slices of bread, from the day before (glutenfree opt.)
  • 1 cup homemade vegan Parmesan
  • ggf. Plant Milk
  • smoked salt,paprika, pepper to taste.
  • 800 ml tomato passata
  • ½ onion
  • 3 EL tomato paste
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 lb Pasta (glutenfree ggf.)
Jackfruit Goulash
  1. Drain the Jackfruit and cut off the core and trhow it in trash. Put the soft part in a bowl add all the other ingredients and cobine well.
  2. Let it sit overnight in the fridge. This gives a perfect flavor
Parmesan Balls
  1. Put all ingredients in a food proccessor. Mix until everything is finely cut. It should be pretty dry to shape balls. If it is to wet you can add some flour or some oats. Or add some water if it is to dry.
  2. Shape Balls and fry them in a pan or air fryer until they are brown
  3. Set aside
  1. Put a deep pan over medium heat. Add some water or olive oil for frying. Put diced onions in the pan. Fry until they are golden. Add the jackfruit and fry it until they have the desired color. I love them brown fried.
  2. Add the tomato passata, and season with the spices.
  3. You can also add spices I would love in the dish.
  4. Cook the pasta
  5. When it is enough seasoned, let it cook for a couple minutes and add the bean balls.
  6. Is the pasta ready, serve it. We make always a leaf lettuce as a side dish.

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  1. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    Love the sound of those parmesan meatballs! You can’t beat pasta and meatballs 🙂


    1. veeatcookbake

      Yes exactly. And so awesome I found the perfect vegan Alternative.

  2. Jacqueline Meldrum

    I’ve have a mental block over jackfruit as it looks too meaty for me, but these veggie meatballs look so good.


    1. veeatcookbake

      yeah jackfruit looks sometimes really too real. But it is so awesome. Has a bit a different taste. Maybe instead of the jackfruit use lentils for the sauce. You have more a lentil bolognese than with meatless cheezy balls. Yum

  3. Sharon

    So beautiful that you re-created this dish in memory of your dear grandmother <3 I know how tough it can be to be living away from family at a time like this. I'm sending you a big virtual hug all the way from Bath, UK. Hope you can feel it! :o)

    I love jackfruit and was really happy to find it in our local Chinese supermarket at a much cheaper price than in the health food stores (it's so pricey there!) I'm enjoying experimenting with it and trying out new recipes. Yesterday I actually posted a new recipe on my blog for Jackfruit Bulgogi! I'm really excited to try your Goulash. It sounds amazing!


    1. veeatcookbake

      Thank you so much, Sharon, for your kind words. Yeah it is really tough in such times. But we need to be strong. Our loved ones didn’t want it other. Jackfruit is amazing and such a great option. Yeah I can believe that is im Chinese store much cheaper than in the normal grocery store. Send you some hugs over the sea.

  4. Vanessa @

    I have yet to try jackfruit and I feel so silly for not having tried it. This recipe makes me definitely want to give it a try though. Thanks!


    1. veeatcookbake

      You should really try it. It is awesome. Maybe you like my Untuna salad. Recipe is already here on the blog.

  5. Mary Ellen | VNutrition

    This goulash looks so amazing! I always want to try some when I got to Hungary but usually it has meat in it. I’ll have to try this.


    1. veeatcookbake

      Let me know how you like it. I will post soon some hungrian goulash.

  6. Valerie Z

    Those parmesan meatballs sound so good! I could eat a whole batch of them.


    1. veeatcookbake

      Valerie, they are super good 🙂 I gonna make them soon again. You should try it 🙂

  7. Gemma

    I love trying new recipes using jackfruit, this sounds delicious!


    1. veeatcookbake

      It is 🙂 I make it soon again. So so good 🙂 You should give it a try

  8. Holly

    Goulash was one of my childhood dishes as well! I haven’t tried it with jackfruit… will have to give it a go. 🙂


    1. veeatcookbake

      I want definetely see your goulash, Holly. 🙂 With the right spices it is just awesome

  9. Cindy Newland

    This sounds like such a hearty and comforting combination! I can’t wait to try it!


    1. veeatcookbake

      Cannot wait to see your meal. 🙂 Thank you Cindy

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