Veggie Balls

Italian-style meatless veggie balls for use in a marinara sauce over pasta, in a veggie ball/marinara sub, or in any other dish you prefer.

Prep time:  10 minutes

Cook time: 25-30 minutes

Serves: 4-6

Kitchen Tools
  • nonstick baking sheet 
  • medium bowl
  • mixing spoons
  • Meal starter pouch
  • 1 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 cup white beans; rinsed, drained, and lightly mashed
  • Optional: 1/4 dice onion and 1/4 diced pepper, or 1/2 cup other diced vegetables of your choice
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.  
  2. In a bowl, add pouch contents, lightly mashed beans, and any preferred vegetables.
  3. Add the water, then knead for 5 minutes. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Shape the mixture into balls (any size you prefer) and place on a nonstick baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, or until veggie balls are browned.  
  5. For a spaghetti and veggie balls, combine with a low/no oil marinara and your favorite pasta, or put the veggie balls and marinara in a sub roll. 


  • Marilyn

    I agree with Betsy. Meatballs were mushy in the center even after baking 35 minutes at 400 degrees. I put them in the microwave for a minute to see if I could get the center to cook. Helped a little but still didn’t like the consistency. The flavor was good, I added onion, red and bell peppers. The meatballs were about 1 1/2” so size should not have made a difference.

  • Betsy

    Tried my first Meal Starter product last night and, sorry, it ended up in the trash. These meatballs were horrendous! And I did try using the newest, updated way to make them. I’m really hoping that the other products I have ordered will give me better results. Maybe it was putting the beans in them…even after baking them (I made 20 meatballs), they were mushy and very unappealing.

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