Sunday, March 3, 2013

Vegan Italian Meatballs

Vegan Italian Meatballs
When you think of the most comforting dish, most people will name spaghetti and meatballs as a favorite. This recipe shows that vegans can master the comforting dish as well. With a hearty vegan meatball paired with your favorite pasta sauce, you can turn any day into a special dinner for your family. Pair it with a nice salad and some homemade garlic bread and you have a meal to write home to mama about. Enjoy!

Vegan Italian Meatballs


-1 log of vegan ground beef (Lightlife Gimme Lean Brand: Around 14oz)
-1/4 cup vegan bread crumbs (panko or regular)
-1 teaspoon vegan grated Parmesan cheese
-1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
-2 Tablespoons Hummus (Plain, Tuscan Herb, or an Italian Flavored)
-1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
-1/2 teaspoon onion powder
-1/2 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
-1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
-1 Tablespoon parsley (fresh or dried)
-1 teaspoon vegan pork bouillon powder
-1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
-1/4 cup grated vegan cheese (I use Daiya)
-1/4 cup pasta or tomato sauce
-1 Tablespoon olive oil

Heat oven to 350 Degrees

Place the ground vegan meat in a large bowl. Add the rest of the seasonings and ingredients in the bowl including olive oil. Combine very lightly with a fork or by hand, mix completely. Using a 2 Tablespoon Ice Cream Scoop or measuring spoon, form the meatballs and gently roll each meatball by hand. You will have about 25 meatballs.

Pre-Cooked & Formed Meatballs

Lightly grease a cookie sheet and add meatballs evenly around the cookie sheet. Don't crowd the meatballs. Place in the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, turning the meatballs half way threw to evening brown the other side. Remove the meatballs from the oven when the time is up and place them on a plate.

Baked Meatballs

Place the meatballs in a pot of your favorite vegan pasta sauce, cover, and simmer on a medium/high heat for 10 minutes or until the meatballs and sauce are heated through together. Serve hot on cooked spaghetti with vegan grated Parmesan on top. Enjoy!

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