vegetarian-baked-tofu-meatballs-with-pasta-recipe

4 main ingredients plus seasonings and you’ve got yourself such a tasty meal! If you are a vegetarian longing for some meat replacements (on a budget) this recipe is definitely for you. I like store-bought meat replacements, but they are often a bit pricey. Like this, you can make your own tofu meatballs with just a few simple ingredients, healthy and delicious.

If you make some alterations to the recipe, it can also be vegan and gluten-free. I served my ‘meatballs’ with bucatini pasta which are similar to spaghetti and marinara sauce, topped with parmesan cheese. You can also enjoy them just on its own with a dip, or with any other sides that you prefer. Let’s get to it!

vegetarian-baked-tofu-meatballs-with-pasta

vegetarian-baked-tofu-meatballs-with-pasta-recipe
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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 61 calories 4 grams fat
Rating: 4.5/5
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Ingredients

  • 150g firm tofu
  • 50g mild cheddar cheese (or vegan alternative)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs + more for breading
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 220°C.
  • Crumble the tofu with your hands to a medium bowl. Add grated cheese, egg*, breadcrumbs and seasonings. Mix well, combining all of the ingredients together.
  • Put about 1/3 cup of breadcrumbs into a deep plate for breading.
  • With clean hands, take a handful of the mixture and press together into a shape of ball. Cover with breadcrumbs and place onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper. I made 12 balls from this amount of ingredients.
  • When you are finished, you can spray the balls with spray oil, or omit this step and place them in the oven straight away. Bake for 15-20 minutes till golden brown, flip halfway.
  • Serve for example with cooked pasta of choice (I chose bucatini), marinara sauce and grated parmesan cheese (or vegan alternative). 

*Note: You may try replacing the egg with vegan substitute, such as flax egg, it should work too. In this case, add some olive oil to the mixture as well 🙂

Nutritional value (1/12 'meatballs'): 61 kcal,  4g Carbs, 4g Protein, 3g Fat

 

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