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Lentil Meatball Marinara Sandwich [Vegan]

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This carb-tastic recipe starts with veggie meatballs made from lentils, spiced with Italian herbs and spices and then baked so they're a little crisp on the outside and warm on the inside. You could stop right there and enjoy them with pasta, but the best things in life are served on bread. They're stuffed into a hoagie with a smear of savory marinara sauce, fresh basil sauce, and vegan cheese. Yum!

Lentil Meatball Marinara Sandwich [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

High Carb Vegan Vegan




  • 2/3 cup prepared, cooked brown lentils
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons ground flaxmeal
  • 7 tablespoons water
  • A splash of liquid smoke or vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Fresh basil for garnish
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 2 buns/hoagies
  • Vegan cheese shreds (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Either by hand or with a food processor, mash up your lentils just a little so that they are the consistency of a dough or ground “meat.”
  3. Add your oregano, thyme, paprika, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, red pepper flakes, if using, Italian seasoning, and salt and stir until all are well incorporated or pulse a few times in a food processor. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together your ground flax meal with your water and stir until the flax meal and water mixture thickens, for about 2 minutes.
  5. When your flax meal and water mix has thickened, add it to your lentil mixture and stir until everything is well incorporated.
  6. Add the liquid smoke or vegan Worcestershire sauce to the lentil and flax mix.
  7. Mold your lentil mix into meatball sized balls. If your mix isn’t holding together very well, add either a little more water, or add a little more flax. Add more water if the mix feels dry and is crumbling apart. Add more flax if your mix is too thin and won’t keep its shape.
  8. Place your meatballs onto a baking sheet with the coconut oil, and bake until crispy on the outside, for about 15-18 minutes.
  9. While your meatballs are baking, prepare your sandwich by adding your marinara to a bun and mincing fresh basil. Top with lentil meatballs and some vegan cheese.







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15 comments on “Lentil Meatball Marinara Sandwich [Vegan]”

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Carlo Oliva
2 Years Ago

Amanda binder full of ideas ❤

Debbie Henry Henis
2 Years Ago

John Henis

Debbie Henry Henis
2 Years Ago

John Henis

Jess Moore Cautiverio
2 Years Ago

Ben Cautiverio MMMM!

Jeffrey Stephens
2 Years Ago

Making me hungry.

Cinta Wall
2 Years Ago

Alexander McGleave

Helen Farmer Norris
2 Years Ago

Sharon Mata another good page

Joy Jones
2 Years Ago

I would love to try this!

Sarah Cannell
2 Years Ago

Lianne Leslie here's a challenge for you x

Charles Van Horn
2 Years Ago

Change has come! You're FINALLY calling them sandwiches!!! Now, if we can just call the filling what it really is....a lentilball.

Serenity Foods
19 Jul 2016

AGREED Charles Van Horn!

Charles Van Horn
19 Jul 2016

Thank YOU!! If we want to change peoples habits...we MUST change the terminology associated with it!! :) You just gained a "like"!

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