I think I could fairly easily become a vegetarian, maybe even a vegan, because I’m not fond of handling raw meat, and many experts think it’s healthier to consume fewer animal products. Even though I am not there yet, when I came across this meatless meatball recipe, I was so excited to try it because the picture looked so appetizing, and although it didn’t taste like a beef meatball, it was still good, and my husband and oldest son gobbled them up. The recipe does contain egg and cheese, so it’s not a vegan recipe, but I am keeping my eyes open for a good vegan meat substitute recipe, and I would definitely make these “meatballs” again.

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Here is what you need: (recipe from TLC)

  • 4 eggs (beaten slightly with fork)
  • 1 packet of onion soup mix
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • vegetable broth (optional)

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Grate cheese finely in food processor.

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Set aside in separate bowl.

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Grate and mix the walnuts and breadcrumbs in the food processor, then add back the cheese, eggs and onion soup mix.

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Mix well.

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Now you are ready to make it into 3/4 inch to 1 inch meatballs (the recipe made around 30).
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There are two options for baking these: bake on a greased cookie sheet for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, or put in a baking dish with enough vegetable broth to come up half way on the meatballs, cover with foil and then bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

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I did some both ways before putting them in my pasta sauce to simmer, and we all much preferred the baked in broth ones, because they got juicy. I will say, once they are done, take them out of the broth immediately so they don’t get wet and mushy.
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Meatless Meatballs

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 30
Author Joyful Homemaking

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs beaten slightly with fork
  • 1 packet of onion soup mix
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • vegetable broth optional

Instructions

  • Grate cheese finely in food processor.
  • Set aside in separate bowl.
  • Grate and mix the walnuts and breadcrumbs in the food processor, then add back the cheese, eggs and onion soup mix.
  • Mix well.
  • Now you are ready to make it into 3/4 inch to 1 inch meatballs (the recipe made around 30).
  • There are two options for baking these: bake on a greased cookie sheet for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, or put in a baking dish with enough vegetable broth to come up half way on the meatballs, cover with foil and then bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • I did some both ways before putting them in my pasta sauce to simmer, and we all much preferred the baked in broth ones, because they got juicy. I will say, once they are done, take them out of the broth immediately so they don’t get wet and mushy.
  • Then I simmered them in my pasta sauce and served them over spaghetti.

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Then I simmered them in my pasta sauce and served them over spaghetti.

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When dinner was over, we only had one lone “meatball” left, so I think that was a positive sign and will be making these again!
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