Savory Lentil and Mushroom Meatballs in Rich Tomato Sauce

There’s something undeniably comforting about a plate of meatballs simmering in tomato sauce, but who says they need to be made of meat? My go-to recipe for Lentil and Mushroom Meatballs in Tomato Sauce is a game-changer for anyone looking to incorporate more plant-based dishes into their repertoire. Whether you’re a steadfast vegetarian or just trying to cut down on meat, this recipe is for everyone. It’s a delightful twist on a classic, hearty enough to satisfy even the staunchest carnivores at your dinner table. I stumbled upon this recipe on a chilly autumn evening, craving something warm and comforting without taking a trip to the grocery store. Scouring through my pantry, I found lentils and decided to get creative. The result? A mouthwatering dish that has become a staple in my kitchen.

Savory Lentil and Mushroom Meatballs in Rich Tomato Sauce

  • 1 cup dried green lentils, rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish
Cook the Lentils

Combine lentils, vegetable broth, and bay leaf in a pot. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Drain any excess liquid and remove bay leaf.

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Sauté the Aromatics

Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, sautéing until softened, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until they release their moisture and brown slightly, about 7-10 minutes.

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Mix Meatball Ingredients

In a large bowl, combine cooked lentils, sautéed vegetable mixture, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, tomato paste, and breadcrumbs. Stir until the ingredients are evenly mixed.

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Form and Bake the Meatballs

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Shape the mixture into balls and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the meatballs are firm and browned.

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Simmer in Tomato Sauce

Pour tomato sauce into a pan and bring to a simmer. Add baked meatballs and cook for 10 minutes, allowing them to absorb the flavors of the sauce. Serve hot, garnished with fresh parsley.

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Final words

These Lentil and Mushroom Meatballs in Tomato Sauce are a testament to the power of plant-based cooking. They’re not just a delicious vegetarian alternative but a dish that stands on its own for its rich flavors and satisfying texture. Thanks for trying this recipe out, and I hope it becomes a new favorite in your home as it has in mine. Don’t forget to explore other recipes on our site for more cooking inspiration!


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