Spaghetti and vegetarian meatballs

I was such an adult this weekend I got up early, like 8am early on Sunday! WHAT! (I’m a sleeper inner) I decided on a meal plan for the week, purchased all my desired objects and then spent the day cooking for the week, cleaning the dust off my beloved books, weeding my plants and doing all sorts of grownup lady things. I felt really good and grown and awesome until I realised that all my cooking and fluffing about and semi-organising stuff had caused even more mess then when I woke up and by 5pm I was pooped and all I wanted to do was crash on the couch with a cheese toastie and watch a cheesy movie. 

vegetarian meatball recipe

Something I was able to accomplish on my grown up day was a re-shoot of an old favourite recipe of mine. One of my best friends told me this was her favourite recipe on my blog, like, ever and it was one of my first on the site.  I went back and read it, cringed a little followed by instant cravings for the meal. Suddenly and very acutely, I wanted needed to make spaghetti and meatballs. 

VEGETARian meatballs

The recipe needed perfecting, the pictures need re-shooting and I needed an excuse to eat it again, and again, and again. Welcome, spaghetti and meatballs 2.0. 

Technically, there are vegetarian meatballs. Or veggieballs.. I am not quite sure of what to call these succulent little morsels so I am going to continue with the name, spaghetti and meatballs for old times sake. I’ll also probably forget and call them veggieballs as well.. Talk about confusing Bec, thanks. 

vegetarian meatball recipe

There is something oh so comforting about the humble spaghetti and meatball and since I stopped eating meat a few years way back when, I forgot about this match made in heaven combination. To delicious spaghetti and meatballs all over the world, I’m sorry. 

The crispy breadcrumbs and the rosemary really is the winner of these balls so please, if you do anything ensure they are invited along to play. The flavours worked so well together and it was the perfect comfort meal to have on a rainy night whilst the world stormed around us. All that was missing was spaghetti sauce all over my face.. wait.. no that happened. 


Do you have any tips on how to make the perfect spaghetti and meatballs/veggieballs? Share below! 

Have a wonderful day. Bec x

Spaghetti and vegetarian meatballs

Spaghetti and vegeballs
Serves 2
A comforting vegetarian take on a classic - spaghetti and meatballs with quinoa and mushrooms vegeballs
Write a review
Prep Time
Cook Time
Total Time
Prep Time
Cook Time
Total Time
For the vegeballs
  1. 10-12 button mushrooms
  2. 1 ½ cups of quinoa
  3. 1 brown onion
  4. 1 sprig of rosemary OR 2tbsp dried rosemary
  5. 2 eggs
  6. dash of red wine (if desired)
  7. ¾ cup of breadcrumbs and oil for shallow frying.
For the spaghetti and sauce
  1. 1 x 400g tin diced tomatoes
  2. 2 cloves crushed garlic
  3. 2 tbsp tomato paste
  4. 200gms spaghetti
  5. parmesan and basil to serve
  1. Finely dice onion and mushrooms. Heat small amount of oil in fry pan and lightly sauté until both mushrooms and onion are cooked and all the moisture has run off. If adding red wine, now is your chance.
  2. Cook quinoa according to packet instructions and once cooked set to cool.
  3. Combine the quinoa, mushroom, onion, 3 tbsp breadcrumbs (leave remaining for rolling) rosemary, salt and pepper and sit to cool.
  4. Once cooled mix in the 2 beaten eggs into the mixture and start rolling into balls. Dust veggie balls in breadcrumbs, place on a lightly floured plate/tray and let sit in fridge for 15 minutes.
  5. Heat 2 cm oil in a fry pan and fry veggie balls for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown and crunchy. If you cant cook them all at once just place the cooked ones aside on paper towels or in the oven to stay warm.
  6. Once vegeballs are done, cook pasta as per packet instructions and in another saucepan heat the tin of diced tomatoes and tomato paste.
  7. Once pasta is cooked, combine vegeballs, sauce a top your pasta and garnish with cheese and enjoy!
  1. I used an ice cream scoop to ensure vegeballs were all the same size
Dancing Through Sunday


  • Reply Maxabella April 6, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    So many yums coming your way for this one, Bec. x

    • Reply Bec April 9, 2015 at 7:05 am

      Hehe thank you!

  • Reply Lauren @ Create Bake Make April 4, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Oh gosh this sounds yum! I think even my meat loving husband would enjoy this meal too!

    • Reply Bec April 5, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      The crispy balls and the rich tomato sauce just make it the yummiest! Let me know how he goes 😉

  • Reply erin @ April 4, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I’ve had MAD cravings for spag bol lately. This looks so delicious lady xx

    • Reply Bec April 5, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Forever loving spag bol <3

  • Reply Mel April 4, 2015 at 8:40 am

    I’m loving the new look of your blog Bec! This one looks delicious xx

    • Reply Bec April 5, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks Mel 🙂 xxxxx

  • Reply Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ April 4, 2015 at 3:59 am

    What a coincidence, I just bought my first vegetarian balls! Next time I’ll prepare these myself. My grandma makes her meatless meatball them with the pulp of the eggplant. They are delicious but I like to make something new: mushrooms and quinoa is the combo I’ll try next!

    • Reply Bec April 5, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      o0o0o That sounds amazing. We could totally swap veggie meatball inspirations!

  • Reply dianne April 2, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Yum, these look great. Ive been spending the last couple of weeks researching vegie items that my family will eat. Definitely going to give these a go. thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Nicole- Champagne and Chips April 2, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Yum, crunchy little veggie balls. These look fantastic. I’m guessing they would be great with just a dipping sauce too 🙂

    • Reply Bec April 2, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Ah! Genius!!!

  • Reply Jess April 1, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    You are SUCH an adult, I’m impressed! Interesting take on meatballs, I have some quinoa I might try this with 🙂

    • Reply Bec April 2, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Let me know if you do 🙂

  • Reply Laura Douglas April 1, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Yum! This sounds amazeBALLS 🙂

    • Reply Bec April 2, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Hehe.. I see what you did there 😉

  • Reply Emma @ Emma's Garden Grows April 1, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I made NQN’s veggie meatballs recently and I am an utter convert! They stay waaaay more moist than meatballs do and they have so much flavour!

    Will try yours next 🙂

    • Reply Bec April 2, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      They do! The quinoa in the meatballs really hold the moisture. I shall try Lorraine’s recipe! x

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef March 31, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I do eat meat but not a lot and given a choice, I’d always have more veg than meat. I love your spaghetti and veggieballs. Great photos too.

    • Reply Bec April 2, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      It’s often easier, cheaper and the food is never dull on flavour. I do miss a good steak, however!

  • Reply Tegan @ Permanent Procrastination March 31, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    That looks so delicious! I often eat the majority of my meals vegetarian because honestly it just tastes better!
    Tegan xx – Permanent Procrastination

    • Reply Bec April 2, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      Not to mention cheaper! x

  • Reply Alexandra March 30, 2015 at 8:41 am

    These look awesome! I’m always looking for good meat replacement recipes. Gonna have to try this one 🙂

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid March 30, 2015 at 7:07 am

    I love spaghetti and meatballs and I love the sound of your veggieballs too. I don’t know what the old photos looked like but the reshoot has this dish looking screen lickingly good! Will definitely have to give this winner dinner a whirl!

  • Reply Healing Tomato May 31, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Just yesterday, I had a friend ask me if I could make a vegetarian version of Meatballs! So, I scoured the internet looking for great ideas. You version of this recipe is superb!! I will definitely try it out.

  • Reply Dancing Through Sunday May 26, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Yeah I kinda forgot about them, until this of course. Let me know when you do 🙂

  • Reply Brooke May 26, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Spaghetti is one of my all-time favorite meals. We used to go out for spaghetti every Monday when I was growing up, right after my piano lesson! Aaron and I eat spaghetti pretty much every week, but I’ve never tried a “meatball” since going vegetarian a few years ago. I’m definitely going to give vegeballs a try!

  • Reply Lila May 23, 2014 at 7:50 am

    This looks great! I haven’t had spaghetti in ages.
    Thanks for joining the link up!

  • Reply Camilla May 22, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Yum! I’m trying to eat less meat and more vegetables, so a vegetarian meatballs recipe is just what I needed. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Dancing Through Sunday May 21, 2014 at 9:41 am

    10 years! Good work girl 🙂

  • Reply Julie Khuu May 21, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Oyum! I used to be a vegetarian for almost 10 years and this looks divine! Can’t beat that low price, what a fabulous recipe!
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  • Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.