A delicious and “exciting” way to reinvent lentils! This simple recipe requires just few ingredients and 30 minutes to prepare (if you start with cooked lentils) and so delicious, that they will disappear quickly. An easy lunch to pack for your kids’ lunchbox. Serve alone or with a salad or tossed on a tomato-sauce pasta.
In addition to being simple and delicious, these meatballs are not fried but baked. Plus they’re packed with proteins (lentils) and lots of flavor thanks to the fresh herbs (parsley, thyme, rosemary, etc.) and the parmesan cheese. Buon Appetito with the Baked Lentil Meatballs!
In addition to being simple and delicious, these meatballs are not fried but baked. Plus they're packed with proteins (lentils) and lots of flavor thanks to the fresh herbs (parsley, thyme, rosemary, etc.) and the parmesan cheese.
- 2 cups cooked lentils - (better if cooked with vegetables and some broth)
- 2 cups parmesan cheese finely grated -
- onion or scallion and/or garlic - finely chopped
- boiled potato - (optional)
- 2 cups of mixed herbs - italian parsley, thyme, rosemary, basil, dill etc.)
- XV olive oil -
- sea salt and pepper -
- 4-5 cups breadcrumbs - (Panko or plain breadcrumbs)
- 2 whole eggs -
you don't need to chop all herbs and scallion/garlic before adding to the blender (like I did), instead you can put them directly in the chopping bowl with the other ingredients.
to the cooked lentils add cheese, breadcrumbs ...
the potato (if you have it) cut in small pieces, chopped herbs and scallion and/or garlic. NOTE: my lentils had too much liquid so I had to add the potato and lots of breadcrumbs.
blend and add salt and pepper to taste (about 2 tsp sea salt, more if using iodized salt)
set oven at 450 F*
with olive oil grease the inside of the oven dish(es) where you'll place the meatballs. Apart beat 2 eggs, add a pinch of salt.
move the lentil mix into a bowl, place breadcrumbs on a large sheet of wax paper
with the help of a spoon or ice-cream scoop take a small amount of mix and make a small ball
dip into egg
and coat well with bread crumbs.
slightly flatten the top and place meatballs in the oven pan
add more olive oil, and turn upside down. I was able to make about 50 meatballs.
cover pans with foil and bake covered at 450 F* for about 15', uncover, set oven to 425 F* and bake for further 15/20 minutes or until they are slightly browned on the outside and tender inside.
Serve alone or with a salad or tossed on a tomato-sauce pasta. Buon Appetito with the Baked Lentil Meatballs!