How to Make Vegan Italian Meatballs

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How to make easy vegan meatballs from scratch with Italian cannellini beans, mashed potatoes and wheat gluten. Baked then finished in an authentic Marinara tomato sauce and served over spaghetti or inside whole-wheat subs. 
The wheat gluten in the recipe helps your meatballs bind and stick together nicely so they won’t fall apart in the sauce. No eggs will be needed friends, leave those to the chickens.
Instead of breadcrumbs I used a handful of hemp seeds, because honestly why not ? They are awesome and good for you, we have been in a committed relationship for some time now, so sprinkle them on everything you eat. 
And then, let’s not forget about the simple walnut parmesan we made the other day. This is the proper occasion to bring out your jar and sprinkle it like pixie dust! Quilt-free!

How to Serve Vegan Italian Meatballs:

on the antipasto platter
over creamy polenta
with tomato sauce & spaghetti squash
in soups
brown rice, lentils or quinoa
in an Italian sub.
How to Make Vegan Italian Meatballs Subs
note: If you love those frozen Gardein meatballs then you might just fall in love with this recipe. Report back, snap a photo and tag us with #VeggieSociety on Instagram.
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How to Make Vegan Italian Meatballs

How to make easy vegan Italian meatballs from scratch with cannellini beans, mashed potatoes and wheat gluten.
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Prep Time:20 minutes
Cook Time:35 minutes
Total Time:55 minutes


For the Subs


  • Preheat oven to 400F”.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the mashed potatoes, beans, wheat gluten, liquid aminos, veggie stock, grated onion and garlic, hemp, parsley and all the spices. Use your hands to mix everything well until combined and a dough like texture is achieved. 
  • Lightly oil your hands with some olive oil, tear small pieces from the dough and form them into golf size balls. Place them on a large parchment lined rimmed cookie sheet without touching each other.
  • Bake the vegan meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet for 15 minutes. Use a pair of kitchen tongues and flip the balls carefully and bake another 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile heat up the Marinara sauce. Transfer the balls to the simmering sauce and cook for a couple of minutes until warmed through.
  • Grill or toast the sub buns to your liking and use the garlic clove to rub the inside of each bun. Spoon some of the sauce on the bottom and add a slice of your favorite vegan cheese.
  • Toss the arugula with a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt then place some inside each sub. Top with three vegan meatballs, more sauce and a good sprinkling of this walnut parmesan cheese and extra hemp seeds. 


Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1443mg | Potassium: 454mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1440IU | Vitamin C: 30.8mg | Calcium: 221mg | Iron: 8.1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Vegan Italian Meatballs
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 466kcal
Author: Florentina

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  1. These turned out really good, I used plain breadcrumbs instead of hemp and added some chopped basil. A keeper but yes you must make the Italian sauce with these.

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