The Best Pasta and “Meatballs” with Marinara and Pasta!

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Hands down the most delicious Vegan Meat Balls I have ever made!  They are packed with flavour and have so much character! I had a friend of mine round yesterday and I asked her to try them and she said they were the bomb! You know what they best part is? They are GLUTEN FREE, good for you, and super easy to make (minus a few extra dirty dishes).

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I incorporated a really creative and amazing ingredient into these bad boys, Harvest Snaps! Can you believe that the crust on those gorgeous meat balls is actually made of Lentils!

Harvest Snaps are delicious.  They have so much unique flavour and crunch, you seriously cannot stop yourself from eating the whole bag (but they are guilt free) and still feel like a powerhouse ninja when they are gone.

I already mentioned that they are gluten-free, healthy, made using natural food and delicious right?

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You’re going to love these Meatless Meat Balls because they are:

  • healthy
  • gluten free
  • vegan
  • crunchy
  • satisfying
  • flavourful
  • made using organic food
  • great meal plan option (especially, vegetarian meal plan)

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did! As always if you try the recipe please leave us a comment below, we love your feedback!

Love from Your Greek Food Goddess XOX

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The Best Pasta and “Meatballs” ever!

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 2-3
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Cuisine: Plant-based

Ingredients

  • To prepare TVP:
  • 1 cup dry TVP
  • 3/4 cup boiled water
  • Pasta/Sauce:
  • enough pasta for your family – this recipe makes 12 meat balls (feeds 2-3)
  • marinara or homemade sauce of choice
  • To prepare the Meatballs:
  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 2 white onions, medium, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp fresh pepper
  • 3/4 tsp himalayan sea salt
  • 1 heaped tsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups prepared TVP
  • 2 cups Navy Beans – strained and drained
  • 1 flax egg (3 tbsp warm water and 1 tbsp ground flax) or 1 egg
  • 1 bag Tomato Basil Harvest Snaps – crumbled

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drizzle with a bit of olive oil.
  3. Into a medium sized bowl add your TVP and hot water. Let it set for a few minutes and give it an occasional stir.
  4. Into a large sauce pan add your EVOO and onions. Cook for 10 minutes on low heat or until golden.
  5. In the mean time put your Harvest Snaps into a food process and blitz only a few times! Place crumbles into a bowl.
  6. Give your onions a good stir and now add your herbs and seasoning, gently stir.
  7. Now add your prepared TVP and Navy Beans. Cook this mixture down on low heart for around 15-20 minutes. Use a spoon to press down the ingredients.
  8. Transfer your mixture into the food processor and process till smooth.
  9. Transfer back to your bowl, add your flax egg (or egg) and half of your Harvest Snaps crumbles. Stir till well combined.
  10. Begin forming little meat balls and rolling them in the rest of the Harvest Snaps Crumbles.
  11. Transfer balls to baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until beautiful golden with a crunchy outside!
  12. Enjoy with your favourite pasta and sauce!

 

13 Comments
  • haley
    Posted at 10:12h, 26 October Reply

    Whats TVP and EVOO? thanks xx

    • Lauren Marinigh
      Posted at 12:36h, 30 October Reply

      Hey hun! EVOO is extra virgin olive oil and TVP is textured vegetable protein 🙂

  • Cait
    Posted at 08:14h, 11 March Reply

    Made these the other night and it was delicious! My husband and kids ate them up and didn’t even know they weren’t meat. Thanks for the great recipe Maria!

    • Maria Koutsogiannis
      Posted at 08:25h, 11 March Reply

      Damnnnn, this makes me so happy!! Glad the kids liked them too! I am telling you, you can hardly tell these are plant based.

      Thanks for the support Caitlin!

  • Whitney
    Posted at 11:33h, 11 March Reply

    These were oh so delicious!! And husband approved! Definitely making them again!

    • Maria Koutsogiannis
      Posted at 20:22h, 11 March Reply

      Yay! So glad you and your hubby enjoyed them, Whitney!!

      Please let me know if you try them again <3

  • Sara Zack
    Posted at 20:44h, 11 March Reply

    Delectable. Wouldn’t have spaghetti and meatballs any other way anymore 🙂

  • Vivian
    Posted at 20:55h, 11 March Reply

    Maria these look so good! Crumbled snap peas chips in it is such a cool idea, sounds so yummy! Love how it packs a plant based protein punch! Xx

    • Maria Koutsogiannis
      Posted at 07:37h, 12 March Reply

      Hey Vivian!

      Right, aren’t they a cool idea? This dish is soo yummy.

      Protein at it’s best 😉

      Let me know if you try this recipe!

  • Kirstie Mann
    Posted at 09:15h, 15 March Reply

    These look delicious! Might be a dumb question but…. what’s Textured vegetable protein…. and what is it called/ look like I’m the grocery store?

    • Maria Koutsogiannis
      Posted at 14:37h, 15 March Reply

      hey girlfriend!

      so TVP is a great meat alternative and really takes on that texture and consistency meat tends to have! Bob’s Red Mill actually has a brand and it looks a lot like bulgar wheat or like rough couscous! You could also buy it on Amazon. I highly suggest it for those dishes when you want the meaty texture but don’t want to actually have it 😉

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