Spicy Meatless Meatballs

Add spice and heft to your spaghetti with these meatless meatballs. Serve with pasta or on hoagies with sauce and cheese.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs
48 meatballs


  • 1 cup rolled oats

  • 4 cups cooked rice

  • cup milk

  • 2 medium onions, diced

  • cup dry bread crumbs

  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ cup cornmeal

  • 4 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 cup oil for frying, or as needed


  1. Grind oats in a food processor until fine. Add cooked rice and milk; mix until pureed. Add onions, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, cornmeal, eggs, flour, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne pepper; pulse until thoroughly combined.

  2. Roll about 2 tablespoons of the mixture into a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture to make about 48 meatballs. Place in the refrigerator until firm, about 1 hour.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drop meatballs in batches into the hot oil, and fry until heated through and brown on all sides, about 10 minutes.

Cook's Note:

These freeze beautifully and can be baked at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 20 to 30 minutes instead of fried.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

220 Calories
6g Fat
34g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 220
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 325mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 162mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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