Lentil Meatballs


These vegan lentil meatballs are tender and packed full of flavor. The tomato paste combined with nutritional yeast adds savory notes, while crushed red pepper lends a touch of heat. Oats help bind them together while adding a boost of fiber.

lentil meatballs
Photo: Jen Causey
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added black lentils, rinsed

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish

  • 3 cloves garlic, grated

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup lower-sodium marinara sauce


  1. Combine lentils, oats, tomato paste, nutritional yeast, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper in a large bowl; mix with your hands until fully combined. Shape the mixture into 12 meatballs (1 1/2 heaping tablespoons each); place on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

  2. Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the meatballs in a single layer; cook, turning as needed, until browned all over, about 5 minutes. Stir in marinara sauce; cook, stirring often, until the meatballs and sauce are heated through, about 2 minutes. Garnish with parsley, if desired.


Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

151 Calories
5g Fat
22g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 151
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 6g 12%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Vitamin A 201IU 4%
Vitamin C 4mg 4%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 1mcg 0%
Vitamin K 11mcg 9%
Sodium 311mg 14%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 16mg 4%
Potassium 254mg 5%
Vitamin B12 2mcg 83%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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