Meatless Balls in Tomato Sauce

Definite contradiction in terms because how can you possibly have Vegetarian Meatballs?These Meatless Balls in Tomato Sauce turned out really well for a dinner on a blustery evening. The combination of the meatless balls, tomato, pepper, mushroom, onion, garlic and herbs was perfect. Add the rosemary roasted potato and the mixed vegetables to make for a complete meal.

Meatless Balls in Tomato Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Meatless Balls in Tomato Sauce

Essentially a recipe for meatless balls in a vegetable and tomato sauce that can be served with several things. As pictured, it is rosemary roast potato and mixed vegetable but some combination of rice or pasta will work well too. For an added fill me up, serve with some buttered bread.


  • 16 large frozen Meatless Balls from your favoured supermarket
  • 1 large Brown Onion peeled and chopped
  • 100g/1 cup diced White Mushrooms
  • 1 medium Red Pepper, de-seeded and chopped
  • 500ml/2 cups Passata(sieved tomato)
  • 2 cloves of Garlic peeled and chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried Mixed Herbs
  • 250ml/1 cup/10 fl oz Vegetable Stock or water
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Grated Black pepper


  1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy based frying pan then add the onion, red pepper, mushroom and garlic. Fry for 3-4 minutes so that the onion begins to soften. Stir frequently.
  2. Add in the meatless balls and stir well so they get coated in the oil. If necessary, add a little more oil. Cook till the balls are browning slightly.
  3. Add the passata and stock or water then stir well. Note that a can of chopped plum tomatoes could be used in place of the passata.
  4. Sprinkle in the mixed herbs, adjusting quantity to taste. Add salt and pepper then bring to the boil. Reduce heat to a simmer then cook for 20-25 minutes. Stir occasionally and add extra stock or water if the sauce is drying too much.
  5. Once cooked, take 4 serving plates then spoon 4 meatless balls plus a helping of the pepper, mushroom and onions onto each one. Hold back on too much sauce at this point.
  6. Add your choice of accompaniments to the plate then spoon over plenty of tomato sauce. Grate on some black pepper and add some parmesan or other cheese for added flavour if desired.


As pictured these meatless balls were served with roasted potatoes and vegetables. That could be replaced with steamed rice or your choice of pasta. A Lettuce and Cucumber Salad could replace the vegetables

The Vegetarian Meatballs are quite commonly available in supermarkets. Do be aware that many brands are soya based so allergy issues can arise.

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