Quorn Meatballs

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!

This Quorn meatballs recipe shows you how to make 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.

In true Neil’s Healthy Meals style this is a fantastic budget recipe. Quorn mince is much cheaper that actual meat mince, often being half the price, and 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! πŸ™‚

This Quorn meatballs recipe shows you how to make 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!

How To Make Quorn Meatballs

So anyway, these notes are supplemental to the recipe 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.
  • 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.

This Quorn meatballs recipe shows you how to make 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!

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 and often looking to compare stages of my cooking with what the original recipe looked like so I thought it might help?

Anyway I guess that’sΒ why meatballs are always photographed covered in lots of glorious tomato sauce anyway, so you don’t see them in this state!

This Quorn meatballs recipe shows you how to make 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!

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!

Oh and 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.

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This Quorn meatballs recipe shows you how to make 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!
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Quorn Meatballs
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
24 mins
Total Time
44 mins
 
Baked in the oven and with a delicious tomato sauce Quorn meatballs makes an excellent meat free weeknight family meal!
Course: Dinner
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 228 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
For the meatballs: -
  • 600 g Quorn Mince
  • 4 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
For the tomato sauce: -
  • 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
Instructions
Making the meatballs: -
  1. Pre-heat oven to 200C. Lightly coat a baking tray with cooking oil spray or rub some olive oil over the surface.
  2. Place all of the meatball ingredients into a large mixing bowl, season and using your hands mix everything together.
  3. Using your hands form 12 balls out of the Quorn meatball mixture and place them onto the baking tray spaced slightly apart.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Meanwhile make the tomato sauce.
Making the tomato sauce: -
  1. Gently heat the olive oil in a frying pan and sautΓ© the onion. Once its starting to brown add the crushed garlic and stir everything together for a couple of minutes.

  2. Add the can of chopped tomatoes and stir well. Bring the mixture to the boil.
  3. Add the basil and tomato puree.
  4. Season to taste and turn down to simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Check on your meatballs and once they are cooked through place them in the pan and combine them with the sauce.

  6. Serve your Quorn meatballs and tomato sauce.
Recipe Notes

*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!

Nutrition Facts
Quorn Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2.1g 11%
Monounsaturated Fat 4.3g
Cholesterol 160mg 53%
Sodium 849mg 35%
Total Carbohydrates 18.7g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2.2g 9%
Sugars 2.3g
Protein 19.5g 39%
Vitamin A 8%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 11%
Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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!

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.

Well that didn’t happen. Last Wednesday I received a call from the owner of the hostel apologising profusely that he had double booked us and had tried to get us alternative accommodation in the village at his expense but 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 as 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

Broadmeadows House was amazing. The self catering accommodation was superb and 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 and, the owner of the Strathspey Mountain Hostel has promised us a free stay at the hostel some time in the future for his mistake!

It was one of those situations when everything turned out actually better than the original plan!

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 unfortunately folks there won’t be any posts next week.

However, before we head off do come back on Thursday for a healthy macaroni salad. Ideal for lunch boxes and quickly made you’ll want to make sure this salad is added to your quick healthy lunches list!

Catch you then! πŸ˜‰

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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!

Comments

  1. Neil, you did such a fantastic job with these Quorn meatballs! I’ve shied away from making veggie balls because the mixture was too wet – but I’ve so gotta try this! My vegetarian daughter would so love these! Btw, sorry to hear about y’alls broken plans – but glad they lead y’all to the wonderful experience at Broadmeadows House and looking forward to that macaroni salad πŸ™‚

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Yes, I had that experience too Shashi, with the mixture being too wet. I kept having to try the recipe out using different quantities of eggs to get the balls to bind. The mixture is still quite wet, as I’ve put in the notes, but it does bind. Happily. πŸ™‚

      Broadmeadows house was just great and I think you’ll love the pictures of it and the walk we did too. Macaroni salad up on Thursday before we head off for Hadrian’s Wall Walk next week. Can’t wait! πŸ˜€

  2. Oh man, it sounds like that last-minute vacation switch was quite stressful. I know how much you and Lynne were looking forward to that one. But it also sounds like the alternative near Selkirk worked out quite well! What a beautiful house! So I don’t think Quorn is quite as popular here in the States as it is in the UK…but I’m going to have to look for it in the store. These meatballs look amazing! And I vote 100% to include that picture of the baked meatballs…that pic is great! πŸ™‚ Glad to hear you guys still got away this past weekend, and I hope your week is off to a great start so far, Neil!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I’m not good with sudden changes in plans David. In fact I’m just writing about that in the write up of our time at Broadmeadows House. Admitting to my weaknesses! But it was absolutely worth it, even with the stress to end up where we did.

      Thanks for your kind comments about the Quorn picture. I guess we all just goe a bit paranoid about our pictures as food bloggers from time to time eh? Yes, this week is going well so far, thanks. Well in the fact there’s only 3 days left before Lady Lynne and I are off again! πŸ˜€

  3. THAT is something (one of the many things) I love about Europe! ALL THE WALKING! Want to know a SAD reality?! Los Angeles = NOT A WALKING CITY. The rumor ARE TRUE!!! I work out/cardio every day, to get 10k + steps (in the gym) but the second I am out of the gym, I walk maybe like 1-3k steps (on average) extra just by doing errands. THAT IS NOT MUCH AT ALL! πŸ™
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      At least you are going to the gym and making an effort to keep moving GiGi!

      And you’ll need to come back to Scotland soon (and make sure you look me and Lynne up this time – ha ha ha – you know I’ll never let you forget that! πŸ˜† )so Lynne and I can talk you on some of these fantastic walks. We’ll take your balls as snacks and my balls will be for the dinner! πŸ˜‰

  4. This is an amazing and detailed recipe, Neil! I would love to prepare them as soon as possible!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks so much for your kind comments Agness they mean a lot.

      I try and give people all the details I think are valid to make the recipe whilst trying to keep it as simple and as much fun as possible to make. πŸ™‚

  5. Well I think you lucked out! That looks like it was a beautiful place to stay (just from the outside!) πŸ˜€

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Yep definitely Rebecca it was a beautiful place to stay in. And in a week’s time I’ll publish some photographs showing just how plush and beautiful the inside was too. πŸ™‚

  6. Ben | Havocinthekitchen says:

    I’ve never heard of Quorn before, Neil. And although I’m usually suspicious of healthy/meatless/egg-free/sugar-free, etc recipes, these meatballs look and sound delicious to me. I think the blog’s name is fine. Besides, who knows how it goes…maybe next year you’ll get another trend, something totally opposite to “quick healthy cheap meals”. What then? Change the name once again? On the other hand, the chances you ‘ll decide to change your name aren’t that huge so stick to the current blog’s name:)

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Ben. And I appreciate your comments about keeping the blog’s name. Lord knows how long it actually took me to come up with that original name anyway (even thought it’s pretty simple isn’t it? πŸ˜† )!

  7. I just about ready to say “so sorry about your vacation” until I saw where you wound up. Looks lovely! Anyway, about photographing meatballs, I think your sauce is gorgeous, and I wouldn’t mind seeing your meatballs slathered in it. Quorn, though! I had to look that up! Never heard of it. After reading a bit about it, it does sound interesting. What does it taste like?
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      We were really lucky with Broadmeadows House, thanks Jeff!

      I often think Quorn is a bit like Soya Mince, but then again Soya Mince is dry so I guess you could imagine that as wet? Quorn is hard to explain, so I’m glad you looked it up instead of me trying to do so. It’s made from mushroom like plants so perfectly healthy and tastes great in that tomato sauce in this recipe. Hope you’re having a great week so far! πŸ™‚

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