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Ready for some easy vegan meatballs that will knock your socks off? These healthy whole food plant based meatballs are oil-free and made from lentils. They can also be made gluten free. This super simple & delicious Italian lentil meatball recipe is the perfect addition to spaghetti marinara for added protein & fiber! #wfpb #Italian #plantbased #healthyveganrecipes #vegan #oilfree #lentilmeatballs #veganmeatballs

We love some Italian in our family and after going whole food plant based, I basically just took out the meat from our pasta sauce and switched to whole grain pasta. Sometimes I’ll add chopped mushrooms and kale to “beef up” (no pun intended) the nutrient density of our weekly Italian meal.

But…..sometimes I just felt like something was missing, ya know?

I really wanted some “meatballs” to kind of make our Italian night a little more filling and hearty.

So it was time to experiment with some vegan lentil meatballs! “No-meatballs” actually….

Ready for some easy vegan meatballs that will knock your socks off?  These healthy whole food plant based meatballs are oil-free and made from lentils.  They can also be made gluten free.  This super simple & delicious Italian lentil meatball recipe is the perfect addition to spaghetti marinara for added protein & fiber! #wfpb #Italian #plantbased #healthyveganrecipes #vegan #oilfree #lentilmeatballs #veganmeatballs

I’m not lazy exactly….just really efficient!

And if you’ve been around a while, you know I don’t do complicated or fussy recipes. As little time & steps as possible! I’m kind of a lazy cook although I prefer to call it “efficient” 🙂

So this Italian Lentil Meatball recipe will NOT disappoint in flavor and time-saver!

As always, these vegan meatballs are whole food plant based & oil free as well. And there’s a gluten-free option as well – instead of whole grain bread crumbs, use Old Fashioned oats.

Ready for some easy vegan meatballs that will knock your socks off? These healthy whole food plant based meatballs are oil-free and made from lentils. They can also be made gluten free. This super simple & delicious Italian lentil meatball recipe is the perfect addition to spaghetti marinara for added protein & fiber! #wfpb #Italian #plantbased #healthyveganrecipes #vegan #oilfree #lentilmeatballs #veganmeatballs

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Food processor saves time making lentil meatballs

I do recommend a food processor for this recipe to blend the lentil meatball ingredients together…. otherwise you’ll have to mash by hand! A blender doesn’t work great because it’s too easy to overprocess and you want the meatballs to still have some texture.

Ready for some easy vegan meatballs that will knock your socks off? These healthy whole food plant based meatballs are oil-free and made from lentils. They can also be made gluten free. This super simple & delicious Italian lentil meatball recipe is the perfect addition to spaghetti marinara for added protein & fiber! #wfpb #Italian #plantbased #healthyveganrecipes #vegan #oilfree #lentilmeatballs #veganmeatballs

Meal ideas for Italian Vegan Meatballs

Well, whole grain or bean pasta and marinara sauce is the obvious choice, but these vegan meatballs are great for meal prep because you can use them in many other ways as well! Double or triple the recipe to make a bunch for the week and try using them in different ways to mix things up:

  • Marinara sauce & pasta (whole grain, bean, or veggie spirals)
  • Salad topper
  • Buddha Bowls
  • Meatballs & a side of veggies
  • Baked potato topper
  • “Meatball” sub on whole grain bread or lettuce boats
  • As a snack on the run!

How to store lentil meatballs

Lentil meatballs aren’t like real meatballs in that they will fall apart if you try to simmer them in your marinara sauce. So I recommend keeping them in a separate container in the refrigerator. Then just heat & serve on top of your pasta & sauce!

Bon appetit!

Ready for some easy vegan meatballs that will knock your socks off? These healthy whole food plant based meatballs are oil-free and made from lentils. They can also be made gluten free. This super simple & delicious Italian lentil meatball recipe is the perfect addition to spaghetti marinara for added protein & fiber! #wfpb #Italian #plantbased #healthyveganrecipes #vegan #oilfree #lentilmeatballs #veganmeatballs

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Italian Lentil Meatballs (Vegan & Oil-Free)

These delicious whole food plant based lentil "meatballs" can be used to top spaghetti marinara, salad, or even make a vegan meatball sub!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Kim Murphy

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients

Optional Ingredients

  • whole grain pasta, bean pasta, or veggie noodles
  • marinara sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  • Add all ingredients to an electric food processor. Pulse a few times until ingredients are well blended, but not pureed. Scrape down sides if necessary. Don't overprocess, the mixture should still have texture.
  • Make 1"-1 1/2" round balls and place on baking sheet. How many you end up with will depend on how big you make them. I usually get around 12.
  • Bake for 30 minutes on the middle rack.
  • Remove from oven & let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite pasta & marinara sauce and enjoy!

Notes

If you don’t have an electric food processor, you’ll have to mash by hand.  I don’t recommend using a blender because it’s too easy to over-process.

Nutrition

Serving: 3meatballs | Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 501mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 309IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 4mg
Ready for some easy vegan meatballs that will knock your socks off? These healthy whole food plant based meatballs are oil-free and made from lentils. They can also be made gluten free. This super simple & delicious Italian lentil meatball recipe is the perfect addition to spaghetti marinara for added protein & fiber! #wfpb #Italian #plantbased #healthyveganrecipes #vegan #oilfree #lentilmeatballs #veganmeatballs

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