From a Pot: Vegetarian Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Vegetarian Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Delicious vegetarian meatballs with tomato sauce.

Vegetarian Meatballs with Tomato Sauce - Title of the Recipe

Vegetarian meatballs are a meat-free alternative to traditional meatballs. They can be served with a variety of sauces, but a classic pairing is with a tomato sauce. Vegetarian meatballs are a healthy and delicious option for those who follow a plant-based diet or are looking for a meatless meal option.

Prep Time

Prep Time:

20 Minutes

Cook Time:

30 Minutes

Bake Time:

20 Minutes

Total Time:

1 hour and 10 Minutes


  • Baking tray
  • Parchment paper
  • Large pot
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Blender
Nutritional values
Nutrition Label of the Recipe
Shopping List
  • Soy: 100.0 g
  • Rice: 40.0 g
  • Bread crumbs: 70.0 g
  • Vegetable soup base: 500.0 ml
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parsley
  • Egg: 1.0
  • Tomatoes: 500.0 g
  • Onion: 1.0
  • Oil
  • Sugar
  • Paprika powder
  • Tomato paste

Ingredients and Instructions




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Vegetarian meatballs

  • Soy: 100 g

  • Rice: 40 g

  • Bread crumbs: 70 g

  • Vegetable soup base: 300 ml

  • Salt: 2 tsp

  • Pepper: 1 tsp

  • Parsley: 1 tbsp

  • Egg: 1

Tomato sauce

  • Tomatoes: 500 g

  • Vegetable soup base: 200 ml

  • Onion: 1

  • Oil: 1 tbsp

  • Sugar: 2 tbsp

  • Paprika powder: 2 tsp

  • Salt: 1 tsp

  • Pepper: 0.5 tsp

  • Tomato paste: 1 tsp


Vegetarian meatballs

  1. Cook the soy in a boiling soup base for about 10 minutes. Then drain it, squeeze the water out of it with a wooden spoon and wait for it to cool.
  2. Cook rice in the boiling water for about 15 minutes. Then drain it and put it in a large bowl together with soy. Add the egg, spices, bread crumbs and mix well.
  3. With your hands, form small balls and bake them in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Tomato sauce

  1. Cut the onion and tomatoes into smaller pieces.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and saute until fragrant. Then add 2 tablespoons of sugar and stir to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Add the tomatoes and all the spices and simmer for about 2 minutes, then pour in soup base and cook for another 20 minutes.
  4. Blend the sauce with a blender, then add in vegetarian meatballs.
  5. Serve with mashed potatoes, bread, rice …


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  • If you can’t form nice “meatballs” your soy is probably too wet. Add some more bread crumbs to it, and it should be fine.
  • For the vegan version of the recipe, skip the egg and add some more bread crumbs.
  • The amount of sugar you add will vary slightly depending on how sour your tomatoes are. Add more sugar if necessary.

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Fun Facts:

  • In Slovenia we have a meat version of this dish called “čufti”.
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