nutritional information


  • Calories: 575
  • Protein: 34 g
  • Total Fat: 21 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 68 g
  • Sodium: 418 mg
  • Fiber: 9 g
  • Sugar: 3 g

Seitan Meatballs with Winter Tomato Sauce

Seitan Meatballs with Winter Tomato Sauce

Serves 6

These "meatballs" are perfect with pasta, but they're also tasty in a sandwich.
Winter Tomato Sauce
  • 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 Tbs.)
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
Seitan Meatballs
  • 1 16-oz. pkg. seitan
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ½ cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 Tbs.)
  • 1 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • ⅛ tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. egg replacer powder
  • 16 oz. whole-wheat pasta

To make Winter Tomato Sauce:

1. Simmer all ingredients in partially covered saucepan 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

To make Seitan Meatballs:

2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Blend seitan in food processor until crumbly. Add pecans, and pulse until combined.

3. Transfer to bowl. Stir in breadcrumbs, herbs, 1 Tbs. oil, garlic, soy sauce and oregano. Whisk egg replacer with 1/4 cup water until frothy. Fold egg replacer into seitan mixture.

4. Shape mixture into 18 balls. Place on prepared baking sheet, and brush with 1 Tbs. remaining oil. Bake 20 minutes, turning once, or until crusty and lightly browned. Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain, and divide among serving bowls. Top with sauce and meatballs, and serve.

January 2007

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This recipe for vegan meatballs using wheat meat and pecans was spectacular. It was quick to make and fairly easy to work with in that I was able to substitute a few spices. I did not have fresh parsley and basil so I used dried. I used one clove of garlic and garlic powder to make of the difference (3 cloves). I made my own bread crumbs...and the recipe still turned out fine!

Abigail - 2014-03-11 01:28:04

Bobs Red Mill carries Vital Wheat Gluten. Follow the recipe on the side of the bag for seitan. It is easy and saves lots of money!

Vanessa - 2013-12-05 01:33:20

This looks delicious! I can't wait to try it! :)

Alice - 2012-12-24 20:08:53

Whole Foods Market sells it. Is there one in your neighborhood?

Karen - 2011-02-03 13:34:53

I have been looking for seitan for sometime. Where can I buy it?

susan - 2011-01-07 11:14:56


sivan - 2009-08-26 14:31:46

Super good but they do have a tendency to crumble. Just make sure the cookie sheet is well oiled so when you go to take them off after they baked they will not fall apart. Sometimes I just bake the crumbled mixture in the oven then put it in the pasta sauce as is without forming them into balls.

Anne - 2009-07-21 12:30:20

Also, it's actually fairly easy to make. You just need a box of wheat gluten. Mix it with water, and it will form a dough. Knead it for about 5 mins, and then you chop it into whatever size or shape pieces you want, and then simmer it in stock for about an hour. They absorb a lot of water, and then when you're ready to cook, you can pan-sear in a little oil at a high temperature to add a little crispness to it.

Samantha - 2011-04-22 20:34:43

so good! thanks for the recipe :)

Anonymous - 2012-01-26 13:18:33