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Vegetarian eggplant meatballs

December 18, 2021

Eggplant is one of the best vegetable substitute to make these vegetarian meatballs. This dish can be served as an appetizer, or on top of pasta as a main course.


  • olive oil
  • eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • salt & pepper
  • garlic cloves, crushed
  • fresh basil, chopped
  • breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Heat oven to 180C. Line the baking sheet with parchment sheet.
  2. Place ½ tablespoon olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the eggplant and some water. Season with salt & pepper, cook until tender. Transfer to a food processor and pulse a few times.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and add the other ingredients into the eggplant. Form the mixture into small balls and place on the baking pan. Bake until firm and browned, about 20-25 minutes.
  4. Heat some tomato sauce in a skillet. Add the meatballs and simmer for 5 minutes. Garnish with basil leaves.

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