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Chef John’s Meatless Meatballs Recipe

Chef John’s Meatless Meatballs Recipe

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How To Make Chef John’s Meatless Meatballs

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Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Total: 60 minutes



  • 2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, parsley, oregano, basil, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.

  3. Add the eggs to the quinoa mixture and stir until everything is evenly combined.

  4. Shape the mixture into meatball-sized balls and place them onto the prepared baking sheet.

  5. Drizzle the olive oil over the meatballs, turning them to coat evenly.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the meatballs are golden brown and crispy on the outside.

  7. Serve hot with your favorite marinara sauce or on top of spaghetti.


  • Calories : 280kcal
  • Total Fat : 11g
  • Saturated Fat : 3g
  • Cholesterol : 93mg
  • Sodium : 581mg
  • Total Carbohydrates : 32g
  • Dietary Fiber : 4g
  • Sugar : 2g
  • Protein : 16g
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