Our Vegan Mushroom Meatballs Are Seriously The Best!

Last week we made vegan mushroom meatballs for the first time and we could not believe how delicious these are!

These meatballs worked perfectly with our authentic Italian tomato sauce and fettuccine pasta, garnished with some fresh basil.

How to make our Italian tomato sauce:

Making an authentic Italian tomato sauce is easier than you might think.

The ingredients you’ll need are:

  • 2 tins of canned tomatoes
  • 1 small tin tomato paste
  • olive oil (we use coconut oil instead even though olive oil is more authentic)
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • fresh basil

To prepare the sauce:

  1. Heat a saucepan over high heat and add in the tomatoes. Allow them to come to the boil and then turn down to a medium heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and allow the sauce to simmer for a further 30 minutes to reduce.
  3. Finally, puree the sauce with a handheld blender till your desired consistency and store for later use.

 

Easy Vegan Mushroom Meatballs!

We couldn’t believe how delicious these meatballs were, in fact, they were so good that we immediately decided to add them to our weekly meal prep cycle. For two people, it would be so easy to double this recipe and have meatballs to eat the entire week. If you’re going to make these meatballs for your weekly meal-prep I would recommend rolling all the mixture into meatballs and storing the meatballs you don’t eat in the fridge. They should keep well in a closed container for 3-5 days.

If you’re gluten-free you can easily make your meatballs gluten-free, just substitute the oats, the breadcrumbs and soy sauce with gluten-free versions. Tamari would work really well as a substitute for soy sauce.

You will need a food processor to make the meatballs as the mixture is rather thick. I use this Breville one for a lot of my recipes as I find it powerful enough to make short work of anything. You can use a smaller food processor like I had to before I got the Breville, just make sure to split up the meatball mixture and process it in batches.


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Easy Vegan Meatballs Yum
As Valentine's Day approaches we thought this would be a fitting time for a little romantic vegan dish that is healthy, easy to prepare and delicious and our vegan mushroom meatballs were the perfect fit.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
meatballs
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion (diced)
  • 2 1/2 cups mushrooms (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup steel cut oats (substitute gluten-free oats if needed)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (substitute gluten-free breadcrumbs if needed)
  • 1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley (roughly chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (substitue tamari if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (this is an optional ingredient, but it does give the meatballs a nice smoky taste)
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
meatballs
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion (diced)
  • 2 1/2 cups mushrooms (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup steel cut oats (substitute gluten-free oats if needed)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (substitute gluten-free breadcrumbs if needed)
  • 1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley (roughly chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (substitue tamari if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (this is an optional ingredient, but it does give the meatballs a nice smoky taste)
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onions and saute for roughly 5 minutes. Then add the mushrooms and turn the heat up to high and cook for 10 - 15 minutes. The water should be evaporated from the mushrooms after 10 minutes and then the mushrooms should brown for 5 minutes. Just before you remove the mushrooms from the heat, mix in the garlic. Then remove from the heat and allow to cool down.
  2. After the mushrooms have cooled down, transfer the mixture to a food processor. Add in the rest of the meatball ingredients and process until your desired texture. Cover and store in the fridge for at least 1 hour. This allows the flavors to intensify.
  3. Before making the meatballs, heat up oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. When you're ready to make the meatballs, measure out roughly a tablespoon of the mixture and form small balls. Repeat until the mixture is finished.
  4. Fry the balls until they turn brown on the underside and rotate. Repeat this until you are satisfied with them. You can also bake them in a 400 F/ 200° C oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Serve with our delicious tomato pasta sauce over some fettuccine or as delicious appetizers at your next party. Enjoy!

How about some tacos for Taco Tuesday this week? Why not give our easy jackfruit tacos a try? 

As Valentine's Day approaches we thought this would be a fitting time for a little romantic vegan dish that is healthy, easy to prepare and delicious so our vegan mushroom meatballs were the perfect fit.