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Cheese-Stuffed Oven Baked Meatballs


  • Author: Liv B
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 11 meatballs 1x

Description

Vegan meatballs stuffed with cheese, baked in a savoury marinara sauce.


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Ingredients

Meatballs:

  • 1 package (about 16 oz/ 453g) Beyond Meat Plant-Based Ground or similar uncooked plant-based beef
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 11 vegan cheese cubes (about 1/2 inch cube each) I used Sheese brand but the Daiya farmhouse block or any other vegan block cheese will work
  • 2 tbsp oil

Sauce:

  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 cup vegan shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the vegan ground beef, onion, garlic, basil, oregano, thyme and pepper. Mix to combine.
  2. Using a cookie scoop or tbsp measuring spoon, scoop about 1 1/2 tbsp of beef mixture into the palm of your hand. Roll it into a ball and press a cheese cube in the center, then close the ball around it to completely enclose the cube. Repeat with the rest of the mixture until you have 11 meatballs.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  4. Heat your skillet on medium-high heat. When hot, add the oil and let it heat a few seconds. Add the meatballs and sear a few minutes until golden on all sides.
  5. Remove the frying pan from the heat. Add the marinara sauce and spices and mix gently too combine with the meatballs.
  6. Sprinkle the vegan cheese shreds evenly over top. Cover the skillet tightly with foil. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. (If serving with pasta or on a bun, you can cook/prepare that now). 
  7. Remove from the oven and remove the foil. Cut into one meatball to ensure it is cooked through (or use a digital meat thermometer to ensure it is cooked). Set the oven to broil and return the pan to the oven. Broil for a few minutes (if desired) until bubbling and cheese is starting to brown.
  8. Let cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!

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