Spaghetti and meatballs are a classic and just because you go vegan doesn’t mean you have to give it up. Say hello to spaghetti and meatless meatballs! They are just as, if not more, delicious, comforting, and nostalgic! These recipes for spaghetti and meatless meatballs are perfect for nights when you just want a simple, yet cozy meal. They’re also really great for when you want to be a little bit creative because there are so many ways to make the meatballs: beans, eggplant, tempeh––the list goes on! There are so many different ways to make spaghetti and meatless meatballs, so start trying these recipes out now! Soon you will find your favorite one and have a go-to cozy night dinner!
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1. Eggplant ‘Meatballs’ With Zucchini Spaghetti
This recipe for Eggplant ‘Meatballs’ With Zucchini Spaghetti by Camille David gives you the classic Italian dish of marinara and meatballs with none of the pasta or meat. You will make delicious eggplant meatballs to top some zucchini pasta and it’s all finished off with some delectable marinara.
2. Tempeh Meatballs
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These Tempeh Meatballs by Lisa Dawn Angerame are a great plant-based option for when you’re craving something meaty. Tempeh is full of protein, which makes them great heart additions to so many different dishes. Try making a tempeh meatball sandwich or spaghetti and tempeh meatballs! You can also eat them with some veggies, on a salad, or even as hors d’oeuvres! They are flavored wonderfully with a myriad of spices, which makes them just as good alone as in a more complicated dish!
3. Meatless Meatballs
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These Meatless Meatballs by Valentina Chiappa are great over pasta, in a sandwich, or on their own. They are so delicious and hearty. Keep them for yourself or serve them at a dinner party! Meatless meatballs will definitely impress everyone and satisfy any craving. You have to try making these!
4. Herbed Cauliflower Quinoa Meatballs
These Herbed Cauliflower Quinoa Meatballs by Jordan and Clark Cord are a protein-packed vegetarian alternative. It combines riced cauliflower and quinoa with garlic and herbs for a savory, tender meatball that’s perfect with pasta or veggie noodles!
5. Spaghetti Squash With Meatballs
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What could be better than a nice big bowl of spaghetti for dinner? A heaping bowl of spaghetti squash with a side of vegan meatballs of course! This recipe for Spaghetti Squash With Meatballs by Gabrielle St. Claire will leave you fully satisfied, minus the bloat since it skips the grains and is entirely veggie-based. Cheesy meatballs are the perfect complement to the garlic flavor in the sauce and sweetness of the squash. Try it, your taste buds will thank you!
6. Pesto, Mushroom, and White Bean Meatballs
White beans, mushrooms, nuts, Italian herbs and spices, and a creamy spinach pesto are what make these delicious Pesto, Mushroom, and White Bean Meatballs by Gabrielle St. Claire. They’re dense and meaty, and so customizable because they taste amazing no matter what herbs you add. These meat-free meatballs are a perfect weeknight dinner. Serve them over spaghetti, any kind of pasta, or zucchini noodles.
7. Mozzarella-Stuffed Eggplant Meatballs
These vegan Mozzarella-Stuffed Eggplant Meatballs by Rhea Parsons are so incredibly good! They are crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside. The eggplant is so creamy and flavorful, fried to give it a crispy coating. When you bite into one, you get the ooey-gooey surprise of vegan mozzarella. It’s like having eggplant parmigiana in a meatball! These are fast and easy to make. Have them with spaghetti or as a meatball sub. Make a bunch, stick toothpicks in them, and they are the perfect party food.
8. Red Soy Meatballs with Tomato Sauce
9. Spaghetti With Black-Eyed Pea ‘Meatballs’
This Spaghetti With Black-Eyed Pea ‘Meatballs’ by Elsa Brobbey is the ideal summer weekend meal, it takes a little time to prepare but not so much that it’s onerous. It’s wonderfully hearty with deliciously rich and savory flavors. There may be leftovers, which you can have for dinner during the week! The meatless balls and tomato sauce can be made in advance, when you’re ready, cook the pasta and toss it with them together. So easy, so delicious.
10. Tempeh Meatballs
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Tempeh meatballs are really fast and easy to make – all you need is a food processor, though you could definitely make them by hand too. They come together quickly, you just fry them up and then simmer them in your favorite sauce. One block of tempeh gives you about 8 or 9 meatballs. They are delicious served over pasta or in a sandwich. These Tempeh Meatballs by Rhea Parsons taste rich and flavorful with a perfect soft yet firm meatball texture. They hold up well in sauce and are filling and satisfying.
11. Chickpea Turnip Meatballs
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These gluten-free Chickpea Turnip Meatballs by Ashley Madden put the boring ol’ turnip to good use! They are high in fiber, low in calories, and a good source of protein. Not to mention, they are loaded with flavor! Not only are they packed with garlic, cumin, and coriander, they’re served in a delicious herbed tomato sauce. Yum!
12. Eggplant ‘Meatballs’
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For a vegan option, these Eggplant ‘Meatballs’ by Umami Bomb, Raquel Pelzel use sweet potato or carrot puree (you can buy a jar of baby food in a pinch), instead of using egg. The texture is a bit delicate; you’ll especially love them when they break up into a marinara sauce for a Bolognese effect. To serve the cooked meatballs with marinara, simply add them to warm sauce and let them soak in it for a couple of minutes, (or longer).
13. Pumpkin Seed Cannellini Meatballs With Zucchini Spaghetti
It doesn’t get much better than this tomato sauce. It’s amazing with pasta, sure, but also with this raw zucchini spaghetti. A really delicious and very healthy meal. And it gets particularly great if you also take the time to prepare these vegan pumpkin seed cannelloni bean meatballs to serve with it. You have to try Ida Hemmingsson-Holl‘s Pumpkin Seed Cannellini Meatballs With Zucchini Spaghetti!
14. Beluga Lentil and Shiitake Meatballs
15. Red Bean Meatballs
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Do you ever have that uncontrollable craving for some very specific dish? That urge that comes out of the blue and just doesn’t go away? Use the seasonings you like to make these Red Bean Meatballs by Ana Queiroz exactly like you want them!
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