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Meatless Meatballs

February 11, 2020

These Vegan Meatballs are: 


Easy to make

Bursting with flavor

Looking for a cozy recipe this weekend? Make these Meatless Meatballs! Loaded with veggies, protein, and flavor. Such a simple and easy recipe that you can make time and time again. Pair this dish with pasta or zucchini noodles for a complete lunch or dinner. 

Meatless Meatballs

Recipe by Marissa WongCourse: MainCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy


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These meatless meatballs are loaded with veggies, protein, and flavor. 


  • 2 cups lentils, cooked according to the back of the package

  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs

  • 2 cups of mushrooms, chopped (8 oz package)

  • ½ cup white onion, chopped ( about half of an onion)

  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast

  • 1 tsp dried basil

  • 1 tsp dried thyme

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1 tsp garlic powder, substitute for chopped garlic

  • 1 tsp salt

  • ¼ tsp pepper

  • 2 tsp oil, I used avocado oil


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (176.6 C). Spray baking pan with cooking oil or line it with parchment paper and set it aside.
  • Heat a skillet to medium heat and add the mushrooms, onions and oil. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until ingredients become soft. Do not drain the extra liquid from the skillet. You will transfer all of it to the food processor.
  • In a food processor or high powered blender, combine the cooked lentils, mushrooms, onions, breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, basil, thyme, oregano, garlic salt, and pepper. Pulse ingredients until it becomes a dough-like texture.
  • Using a cookie scoop or medium spoon scoop, the meatball mixture. Using your hands pack it into firm balls. Avoid rolling the meatballs on the counter, it will dry it out.
  • Evenly place the meatballs on the baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Transfer 1 -2 cups of marinara sauce to the bottom of your baking pan.
  • Arrange the meatballs in the pan with the sauce. Using a spoon slowly move the meatballs in the sauce covering them. Add back to the oven to warm through, about 7-10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle meatballs with mozzarella cheese, crushed red pepper, and chopped parsley. Pair with pasta, eat, and enjoy!


  • After cooking your onions and mushrooms don’t drain the extra liquid. Add everything from your pan to the food processor. 


Make this meal gluten-free by substituting the breadcrumbs for gluten-free breadcrumbs. If you are pairing the meatballs with pasta make it gluten-free or substitute it for spiraled noodles.

When baking your vegan meatballs you will want to place them on a baking pan about 2 inches apart. By placing them out evenly you will ensure that they all will be cooked evenly. Bake vegan meatballs for 20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (176.6 C).

After baking your meatballs you will want to let them cool for 5-10 minutes. Using a baking dish or cast iron pan add about 1-2 cups of pasta sauce to the bottom of the  pan. Add the vegan meatballs on top of the sauce and gently roll them around to cover them in sauce. Add the pan back to the oven to warm through, about 7-10 minutes.

Top your meatballs with your favorite garnishes. Some of my favorites include, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese,  nutritional yeast, crushed red peppers and Italian herbs either dried or fresh. 

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4 responses to “Meatless Meatballs”

  1. These look delicious! Are they able to be made without the nutritional yeast?

  2. I made these this week and they were amazing! Do you happen to have the macronutrient breakdown – protein/carbs/fat?