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Meatballs and spaghetti

What you need: 

1 box vital wheat gluten (found in bread section)
1 cup quaker oatmeal (from the canister) processed into flour
a few tablespoons tamari soy sauce in a quart of water (to boil)
Italian spices and seasonings
tomato sauce
oil
any pasta you want
toasted powdered nuts (optional)

What you do: 

Combine vital wheat gluten with enough water to make a gummy mass. Boil the tamari water. Slice the gummy mass into small peices and boil them for a few minutes, or until they swell and are no longer sticky. Drain and cool the pieces and grind them in a cuisinart until the mass resembles cooked ground beef. Transfer to a bowl and add the oatmeal flour, italian seasonings, and salt and pepper to taste. Make into balls and fry balls until crispy on the outside, then add to boiling tomato sauce mixed with enough water to cover all the balls. Simmer on low for an hour until alot of the water has cooked off. Cool balls slightly while you cook the pasta because they hold together better when they are not piping hot. Carefully remove balls to a serving bowl and reconstitute some of the sauce with water before serving. Serve over the pasta with the sauce on the side. You can use toasted powdered nuts in place of parmasan cheese as a topping.
Refrigerate leftover meatballs and use for meatball subs and sandwiches the next day. They are even better the next day and will keep in the fridge all week. After that, freeze for up to six months.

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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I have no idea why this recipe asks you to add the meatballs to the tomato sauce. After you fry them, they're just fine. But I added them to the tomato sauce, and they instantly fell apart into a gloppy mess. It was pretty gross looking. I will just fry them in the future. Even so, they didn't stick together as well as you would expect, being made from gluten, and they weren't incredibly tasty either.... they weren't bad, I guess, but I'll be trying another recipe next time around.

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