Recipe: Meatless Meatballs

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I’ve always wanted to have meatballs with pasta. But being a vegetarian, that wasn’t really an option. So I decided to make meatless meatballs! This recipe took a long time, so this isn’t something you can cook up an hour before dinner — allow the entire afternoon for this (and a few hours more). I spent around 6 hours on this dish.

Here is what you are going to need:

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Cut the mushrooms into small, micro-bite-size pieces. This is going to be the bulk of the meatball.

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Go ahead and cut the onions and garlic as well, making them as small as possible.

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Add the oil to a fry pan and heat on medium/high heat. Once heated, add the mushrooms and begin to stir. Add in the butter and mix it in with the mushrooms until they are golden brown.

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Now add in the onions and continue to stir. Once the onions are cooked (I did this for around 7 minutes), take the pan off of the heat and add in the garlic and stir. Transfer the mixture into a large bowl and allow to cool. Once cooled, add in the oats, salt, bread crumbs, black pepper, red pepper, oregano, a handful of cheese and the egg replacer and mix.

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Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 3-4 hours ( did for 3). This allows for the mushrooms to absorb the different flavors in the bowl.

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When you are ready to cook, heat the oven to 450 degrees F. Using an ice cream scooper, begin to form the meatballs and place them on a baking tray.

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Then place the tray into the oven for around 15-20 minutes (until golden brown).

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I stirred them into hot pasta sauce for 6 minutes so they could get a little softer and absorb some more flavor.

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And then you are ready to serve with your favorite pasta!

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Let me know what you think in the comments!

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