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Eggplant Meatballs over Pasta

  • Author: Cindy
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 55
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 - 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian, Vegan


This is a vegan version of meatballs made with eggplant, cannellini beans, breadcrumbs and spices blended together, then baked in an oven.



1 Italian eggplant – peeled and cubed

1 shallot diced

2 garlic cloves minced

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup water

1 cup cannellini beans, drained & rinsed

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 2 tablespoons water

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/2 cup plain (or Italian) breadcrumbs

Jar of Marinara Sauce (or homemade)

2 teaspoons vegan parmesan cheese 


  1. Prep the eggplant, shallot, garlic and flax seed. 
  2. Heat a non stick pan and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add shallot and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic and eggplant and cook for 10 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water and let cook until soaked through and tender for ten minutes.
  3. Remove from pan (strain if still liquid) and place in food processor. Blend until pureed. Add cannellini beans and pulse until blended well.
  4. Pour mixture into a bowl and add flaxseed, salt, Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon vegan parmesan cheese, and breadcrumbs. Stir well until blended and firm to form meatballs. If more breadcrumbs are needed, simply add more to firm up the mixture. 
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with olive oil. Use a small ice cream scooper (approximately 2 tablespoons) to form each meatball and place on baking sheet. When done spray with olive oil for a crisper meatball.
  6. Heat oven to 375° and cook for approximately 30 minutes turning halfway thru.
  7. Remove from oven and place on top of pasta with your favorite marinara sauce and chopped fresh basil. A sprinkle of vegan parmesan cheese is also recommended for a finishing touch.


Equipment needed: food processor or blender

Keywords: eggplant meatballs, vegan meatballs, vegan eggplant meatballs