Tempeh 'Meatballs'

Tempeh 'Meatballs'

kimberly 0

"I was so happy when these worked out! I've used them with pasta and marinara and also on a sub. Yum!"


40 m servings 73 cals
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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 73 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 3.6 g
  • 6%
  • Carbs:
  • 4.9g
  • 2%
  • Protein:
  • 6.2 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium:
  • 113 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil; cook tempeh in the boiling water to soften the flavor of the tempeh, about 5 minutes. Drain and cool tempeh.
  3. Place bread in a food processor and pulse until evenly crumbled. Transfer bread to a large bowl. Crumble cooled tempeh over bread crumbs; add Parmesan cheese, egg, parsley, oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes; mix well using your hands. Form tempeh mixture into 1-inch balls and arrange 'meatballs' on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes; flip 'meatballs' and continue cooking until lightly browned, about 10 more minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • If mixture is not sticky enough to form into balls, add just a touch of oil until the mixture holds together.
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  1. 8 Ratings


This is a new favorite! Thanks so much for posting. I made these alterations to make them vegan: (1) I used a homemade vegan parmesan cheese substitute (consisting of crushed sesame, garlic pow...

These were moist and super easy! I actually misread the directions and wound up putting all the ingredients in the food processor and it worked out beautifully. I will say these are better warm...

Great texture, awesome flavor! I didn't have the spices so I used a tablespoon of Italian seasoning and a teaspoon of thyme. My kids love them. I will definitely make this again!

These were delicious. I used a 3 grain tempeh that has a milder flavor than straight up soy. I used Italian bread crumbs, didn't have dried parsley and I added 1/4 tsp fennel. They were deliciou...

These are delicious! As another review pointed out, they are really dry. Definitely something to eat with sauce. Super easy to make, and super tasty! Thanks!

The tempeh balls still had the weird sharp aftertaste after pre-boiling for 10 minutes. I cooked them in marinara sauce before serving. Next time I will crumble it and then boil it, maybe it wil...

Not good on the consistency: mushy. I even baked them 10 extra minutes to try to firm up. No good. Won't make this again.

Thought these were a good veggie option, one that we might use if we have a need for vegetarian meatballs. I added about 4 oz grated mozzarella to the mix and broiled the last 5 minutes. Note: t...