Vegan Lentil Meatballs

Tender, savory, and oh so flavorful vegan lentil meatballs. This recipe is simple, easy, and pairs perfectly with a traditional tomato sauce.

vegan lentil meatballs

Ever crave spaghetti, but miss the meatballs? Well, you do not need to miss out on them when there is an abundance of substitutes out there. 

At first, I wanted to make a traditional vegan meatball with black beans and grains, but knowing lentils and their meaty and savory taste, I knew it was the ideal ingredient for this recipe.

These meatballs are tender, moist, and oh so flavorful.

I kept this dish simple by tossing the meatballs in canned spaghetti sauce. I used this one. To spruce it up a bit I added chopped olives, capers, onion, and garlic. I love adding briny flavor to my sauce. It makes it 10x tastier. 

If you are feeling a bit fancy and have the time you could also make my homemade spaghetti sauce.

I served this with whole wheat pasta and garnished it with a bit of fresh parsley.

vegan lentil meatballs

Why You’ll Love These Vegan Lentil Meatballs:

Tender, savory, and oh so flavorful. These meatballs are surprisingly meaty from the flavor of lentils, miso paste, and paprika. They are packed with yummy spices and herbs, such as paprika, oregano, and nutmeg.

Simple and easy. This recipe contains simple ingredients and the prep is pretty straight-forward. First, the aromatics and mushrooms are sautéed in a pan then added to a food processor along with the rest of the ingredients. The meatballs are formed, frozen for a bit, and off to the oven, they go. I suggest pairing them with a pre-made spaghetti sauce to make your life 10x easier.

Budget-friendly. All the ingredients in this recipe are relatively inexpensive and are mostly pantry-friendly, such as lentils, spices, flour, and vinegar. Onion, garlic, and mushroom are low-cost produce items as well!

100% plant-based. Yes, you can still enjoy meatballs while eating plant-based. Lentils are a heaven-sent ingredient and really boost the flavor in this dish.

vegan lentil meatballs
vegan lentil meatballs

How to Make These Vegan Lentil Meatballs:

A simple, straight-forward recipe.

  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp neutral-flavored oil. Add onion, mushrooms, garlic, and a pinch of salt. Saute for 5-6 minutes until onions are soft and translucent. Add to a food processor along with the rest of the meatball ingredients.
  2. Blitz until combined and a thick paste-like mixture forms. Spoon mixture into a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly wet your hands then use a small scoop to take a bit of the meatball mixture then roll into a ball. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the mixture. Freeze meatballs for 20 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 425F. Bake meatballs for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Serve meatballs with prepared spaghetti sauce and noodles.
vegan lentil meatballs

 These Vegan Lentil Meatballs are…

  • Tender, savory, and oh so flavorful.
  • Simple and easy.
  • Budget-friendly.
  • 100% plant-based.

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vegan lentil meatballs
Vegan Lentil Meatballs
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

Tender, savory, and oh so flavorful vegan lentil meatballs. This recipe is simple, easy, and pairs perfectly with a traditional tomato sauce.

Course: Main Course
Keyword: dinner recipe, meat-free, vegan lentil meatblls
Author: Taavi Moore
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp neutral-flavored oil
  • 1 cup diced crimini mushrooms
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup cooked brown lentils
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped, fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp neutral-flavored oil. Add mushrooms, onion, garlic, and a pinch of salt. Saute for 5-6 minutes until onions are soft and translucent. Add to a food processor along with the rest of the meatball ingredients. 

  2. Blitz until combined and a thick paste-like mixture forms. Spoon mixture into a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the freezer for 15 minutes. 

  3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly wet your hands then use a small scoop to take a bit of the meatball mixture and roll into a ball. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the mixture. Freeze meatballs for 20 minutes. 

  4. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 425°F. Bake meatballs for 30 minutes or until golden brown. 

  5. Serve meatballs with prepared spaghetti sauce and pasta. 

 

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