This Quorn meatballs recipe shows you how to make tasty Quorn meatballs in under one hour. Baked in the oven and with a delicious tomato sauce this is an excellent meat free weeknight family meal!
Folks, if you’re looking for a super easy meat free meatballs recipe then these vegetarian Quorn meatballs will fit the bill perfectly.
They’re really easy to make and as they’re baked in the oven less oil is used for cooking.
I actually find them much easier to make than if they were fried in a pan on the stove.
Check out the recipe video below to see just how easy these Quorn meatballs are to make.
In true Neil’s Healthy Meals style this is a fantastic budget recipe.
Quorn mince is often much cheaper that actual meat mince. Sometimes as much as half the price. The tomato sauce is made from a tin of tomatoes and some basic herbs.
I often wonder if I should change the theme of my blog to “Quick Healthy Budget Meals”. What do you think? Comments / thoughts welcome below!
If you missed the last recipe, which was the chorizo couscous one at the end of last week then you’ll not know that Lady Lynne and I were planning a weekend away for a short break.
We had planned, and booked some months ago to go to Newtonmore and to stay at the Strathspey Mountain Hostel, where I’d stayed previously when climbing Meall Chuaich.
Well that didn’t happen.
Last Wednesday I received a call from the owner of the hostel apologising profusely.
He had double booked us and had tried to get us alternative accommodation in the village at his expense. Unfortunately due to the fact it was an English Bank Holiday weekend there was none available.
As you can imagine Lynne and I were none too pleased. Both of us were so looking forward to a break and some quality time together.
I’d just done 5 weeks of more or less 12 hour shifts every day at work. Completing a project and desperately needed to clear my head.
After some frantic searching online we booked accomodation in Fort William. Unfortunately that fell through too as someone had just phoned and booked that 5 minutes before we booked online.
Eventually Lynne found us a place in the Scottish Borders close to Selkirk. A flat in Broadmeadows House, a modernised stately home!
Broadmeadows House was amazing.
The self catering accommodation was superb. The location provided us with an ideal base to do some walking on the Southern Upland Way, which neither of us had ever done before.
The weekend turned out to be amazing. The owner of the Strathspey Mountain Hostel has promised us a free stay at the hostel some time in the future for his mistake! So that’s a bonus isn’t it?
It was one of those situations when everything turned out actually better than the original plan!
How To Make Quorn Meatballs
So anyway onto the recipe and these notes below are supplemental to the recipe card details at the bottom. I just thought I would add a few tips here!
- Defrost the Quorn mince first. I did try to make the meatballs with my hands when the mince was still frozen. They cooked fine, I just couldn’t feel my hands for several hours after!
- When you’re forming the meatballs with your hands, the mixture will be very wet. That’s fine as it helps to bind the Quorn mince together. Add sufficient plain flour (up to 3 tablespoons) to make the mixture less wet.
- If you can leave the meatballs on the tray in the fridge for an hour after you’ve made them this will give the meatballs time to firm up, it’s not absolutely essential, but I found it helps to keep them firmer when you stir them into the tomato sauce.
Above is what your Quorn meatballs should look like once you’ve baked them in the oven.
I wasn’t sure about publishing that photograph because in their oven baked state the meatballs might not look appealing to everyone?
But I wanted to show what they looked like as I’m a very visual person.
I’m often comparing stages of my cooking with what the original recipe looked like so I thought it might help?
Anyway I guess that’s why meatballs are always photographed covered in lots of glorious tomato sauce. So you don’t see them in this state!
If you’re not feeling like vegetarian Quorn meatballs (although highly recommended) and are looking for a meat based meatballs recipe instead. Then I think you’ll love my baked turkey meatballs in tomato and chilli sauce recipe.
The Broadmeadows House weekend provided us with a good bit of walking / training for our big walk next week on the Hadrian’s Wall Walk. So folks there won’t be any posts next week.
However, before we head off do come back on Thursday for a healthy macaroni salad. It’s Ideal for lunch boxes and quickly made. You’ll want to make sure this salad is added to your quick healthy lunches list!
Watch the short video I made to show you how to make these delicious quorn meatballs. It shows you how easy it really is!
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Quorn Meatballs Recipe
We like to scoop our Quorn meatballs into a baguette, cover them with the tomato sauce and squash the baguette together. It then kind of resembles a subway meatball marinara sandwich, although meat free!
I’d love to hear what you think of my recipe in the comments below and please do rate my recipe 5* if you like it! 🙂
- 600 g Quorn Mince
- 4 large eggs beaten
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 50 g wholemeal breadcrumbs
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
- Freshly grated salt and pepper
- 3 tbsp plain flour
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 can chopped tomatoes
- 2 tbsp fresh basil chopped
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- Freshly ground salt and pepper
- Pre-heat oven to 200C. Lightly coat a baking tray with cooking oil spray or rub some olive oil over the surface.
Place all of the meatball ingredients into a large mixing bowl, season and using your hands mix everything together. Then mix in flour which will help to bind the recipe. You may not need as much as the 3 tablespoons.
Using your hands form 12 balls out of the Quorn meatball mixture and place them onto the baking tray spaced slightly apart.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Meanwhile make the tomato sauce.*
Gently heat the olive oil in a frying pan and sauté the onion. Once its starting to brown add the crushed garlic and stir everything together for a couple of minutes.
- Add the can of chopped tomatoes and stir well. Bring the mixture to the boil.
- Add the basil and tomato puree.
- Season to taste and turn down to simmer for 5 minutes.
Check on your meatballs and once they are cooked through place them in the pan and combine them with the sauce.
- Serve your Quorn meatballs and tomato sauce.
*You can buy a shop bought pasta sauce if you don’t want to / don’t have time to make the tomato sauce, but I seriously recommend you do!