I found this recipe a little while ago and it was originally vegan. I didn’t have the ingredients in the house that I needed in order for it to be vegan, so I played around a little with the recipe and added a couple of little extra yummies to it.
They were so delicious I have made them several times since – and the best part about the recipe is that they really don’t take long to make. Each batch makes around 12-15 balls depending on the size you make them, this is plenty to eat the next day or you can freeze them for when you don’t have time to cook.
These meatless meatballs are also great in a combination of different dishes. I have them mainly with chickpea pasta because it is a lot higher in protein than fresh pasta, and top them with tomato and basil sauce which is amazing.
Anyway I will leave you to try out the recipe yourself and hopefully you’ll love it as much as I did!
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 White Onion
2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
1 x Tin cooked green lentils (approx 390g)
Tsp Dried Basil
Tsp Dried Oregano
1 Tbsp Tomato Puree
30g Parmesan Cheese
Sprinkle of Cheddar Cheese
1-2 Tbsp Bread crumbs, depending on how wet the mixture is
Salt & Pepper to season
- Preheat the oven to 190’c. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Chop the onion and garlic. Heat 1tbsp olive oil in a frying pan. Fry onions and garlic for a few minutes until lightly browned.
- In a food processor, add the cooked onion & garlic and all the remaining ingredients apart from the cheddar and bread crumbs.
- Blend ingredients until it forms a paste – but make sure it’s not a smooth paste as a little bit of texture is nice.
- Stir in the grated cheese and gradually add the breadcrumbs depending on the consistency. It should not be too wet and should be similar to dough so that you can form it into a ball.
- Roll out the meatballs – size and quantity is your choice, just make sure they are all similar so that they cook evenly.
- Once they are rolled out you are going to add another tbsp of olive oil to the frying pan you used earlier and once hot, add the meatballs. Cook for a few minutes on either side until brown.
- Once cooked, transfer them to the baking tin and pop in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Perfect amount of time to cook some fresh pasta, rice, vegetables – whatever takes your fancy.
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Love, Dans x