Vegan Italian Meatballs are delicate, rich and tender, fully embodying the Italian experience. So authentic you’ll have to remind yourself their name is oxymoronic!
Vegan Italian Meatballs
All of the recipes I post on Nutritionicity are developed with a lot of TLC. If I make something that I don’t feel is truly exceptional, it doesn’t get posted. I realize not every recipe is going to suit every person, but my goal is to try to please the vast majority. There are certain creations (that for me personally) are hits out of the park. And they’re usually traditional recipes that in their original form are not plant-based, like my Creamy Vegan Alfredo.
This recipe is no exception. I love comfort food, and there are very few ailments that a meatball can’t cure! These are the real deal! And to give you further insight, my husband has graciously volunteered to give you his opinion on the matter. So let me introduce him — Take it away, David!
Authentic Tasting Vegan Meatballs
When Jana suggested she wanted to make a plant-based version of the classic Italian meatball, I knew she had a mountain to climb. Could she have created a glob of flavorless muck, a la Olive Garden? Or simply replaced the meat with some binding plant-based substance? Thankfully, she did not. This is no tofu turkey!
Instead she carefully crafted a recipe that captures the entire essence of this mainstay Italian dish. A meatball is not about the meat. It is about the subtle onion and garlic flavors. It is about the texture, the delicate chewiness that brings dimension to the meal it accompanies.
But most of all, it is about how it adheres to the sauce in which it is cooking. Why do the most flavorful meatballs and sausages come pulled from a pot of sauce that has been simmering all day? Because of the give and take of flavors; the meat donating to the sauce, the tomato and spices being drawn in to the meatball.
This is what Jana achieved in this recipe.
When she had me taste test the final version, I ate almost all of them in one sitting. In pursuit of eating gluten-free and plant-based and improving my diet overall, I am willing to try some meals more than others. I thought meatballs would be one of the tougher ones (like pizza). But I’ll admit it now: If she continues to make these, I will never eat another ground beef meatball again.
They are that authentic. They are that delicious.
How to Make Vegan Meatballs
A few notes about the recipe before we get on with it. If you want to see prep photos for roasting the acorn squash hop on over to my post for the Spicy Acorn Squash With Garlic Infused Quinoa. The Vegan Italian Meatballs are wonderful served with a nice red sauce on pasta. But they are also delicious on their own, as an appetizer or side dish!
And don’t forget to save those squash seeds! Check out my five-minute recipe for making Crispy Choco Seeds . A great chocolaty snack that is filled with protein and so good for you!
I added the Plant Protein Power Salad to compliment this meal with greens and additional sources of proteins. It was a lovely Italian meal and we can’t wait to eat it again! Enjoy!!