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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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