Vegetarian meatballs browned in the oven. Use with spaghetti, in bombers, and all by themselves!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
18 balls
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion and garlic until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Add eggplant, basil, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper to onion mixture; cook and stir, mashing occasionally with a wooden spoon, until eggplant is cooked through but still holds shape, about 10 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and cool mixture to room temperature.

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat (such as Silpat®).

  • Mix Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs into eggplant mixture; shape into 15 to 18 "meatballs". Arrange "meatballs" on the prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Substitute 1 tablespoon dried basil for fresh, if desired.

Italian seasoning or sausage seasoning can replace the thyme and oregano, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

133 calories; protein 3.9g; carbohydrates 13.7g; fat 8.5g; cholesterol 3.9mg; sodium 140.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/23/2015
I made these tonight with a few changes in the preparation. The recipe doesn't state eggplant size, mine was almost a pound. I chose not to peel my eggplant, but the skins did look like burnt pieces in my meatballs. I also used 1 tsp dried basil in place of the fresh. I sautéed the onion and eggplant for about 20 minutes, placed in a blender to make a paste, then added the seasonings, cheese and panko. I got 12 meatballs using 1/8 cup scoop. I prepped them 4 hours ahead of time, placed in the fridge on a cookie sheet until I was ready to bake. Let come to room temp while the oven preheated. Baked for 30 minutes turning every 6 minutes. We thought they were good, but a bit flavorless. So next time I will adjust the seasonings to our tastes. I served it on a bed of pasta with pasta sauce. I will make this recipe again, thanks for sharing! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/02/2018
Meh. Texture came out spongy not like meatballs and not particularly good to chew. Taste was not bad thanks to doubling the herbs and adding about a tablespoon of tomato paste. I made these because I had a vegetarian guest for dinner and needed something to substitute for the meatballs everyone else was eating. Ended up just increasing her pasta portion. Wastes of ingredients. Read More
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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 6
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  • 2 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
09/23/2015
I made these tonight with a few changes in the preparation. The recipe doesn't state eggplant size, mine was almost a pound. I chose not to peel my eggplant, but the skins did look like burnt pieces in my meatballs. I also used 1 tsp dried basil in place of the fresh. I sautéed the onion and eggplant for about 20 minutes, placed in a blender to make a paste, then added the seasonings, cheese and panko. I got 12 meatballs using 1/8 cup scoop. I prepped them 4 hours ahead of time, placed in the fridge on a cookie sheet until I was ready to bake. Let come to room temp while the oven preheated. Baked for 30 minutes turning every 6 minutes. We thought they were good, but a bit flavorless. So next time I will adjust the seasonings to our tastes. I served it on a bed of pasta with pasta sauce. I will make this recipe again, thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/15/2015
I had originally planned on making spaghetti and real meatballs but since my guest was a vegetarian that obviously wouldn't work out so i chose these and they were pretty fantastic. I added one egg to the room temperature mixture before adding a good amount of parmesan cheese and panko crumbs and then threw them in the oven and flipped every 10 minutes till all sides were browned nicely. Once they were done i let them cook for 10 minutes in my tomato sauce and served over spaghetti. Thanks for this recipe! Saved my meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2015
Came out great! Made some sauce over top of it with some Parmesan shavings and was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2018
Very tasty! Served them with spaghetti sauce and they were delicious. I had a medium sized eggplant and it made 8 balls. The only change I made was to put the cubed eggplant in the food processor to chop the eggplant before cooking with the onions. When I mixed the eggplant onion mixture with bread crumbs (I just puréed two slices of light whole wheat bread) And Parmesan at first I didn t think it was going to stick together but I pressed it together as I mixed and it was the perfect consistency. I turned the balls every 10 minutes. Done in 30 minutes. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2017
Easy to make. I've mad enough them twice the second time using a food processor which came out better. Used them both in pasta and on a skewer as an appetizer. Very tasty. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/01/2018
Meh. Texture came out spongy not like meatballs and not particularly good to chew. Taste was not bad thanks to doubling the herbs and adding about a tablespoon of tomato paste. I made these because I had a vegetarian guest for dinner and needed something to substitute for the meatballs everyone else was eating. Ended up just increasing her pasta portion. Wastes of ingredients. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2020
These were amazingly tasty. I made a few small changes. Rather than the oregano and thyme, I used Penney’s Italian Seasoning Blend, probably about 1.5 tsp. I used a bit more garlic than called for, because we both love garlic. I made sure to cook the eggplant well and really mash it. These are now in our regular dinner rotation as part of a pasta dinner. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2015
Six servings Barb Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2017
Excellent. Will make again my family loved it!! Read More
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