Vegan Meatball Sub

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vegan meatball marinara sandwich

The ultimate vegan Meatball Sub makes a delicious vegan meal that everyone will enjoy. This vegan sandwich made with my easy gluten-free Vegan Eggplant Meatballs and smothered with marinara, vegan mozzarella cheese, and topped with fresh basil. 

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vegetarian meatball sandwich

Everyone loves a good sandwich, and this vegan meatball marinara sub is absolutely amazing! For you sandwich fans out there, check out my other favorite vegan sandwich recipes: 

These vegan meatballs can be made completely oil-free by simply baking them on a lined baking sheet. I’ve found the best way to prevent sticking without using oil, is to bake on a silicone baking sheet. If you prefer, you can also cook with in oil on the stove-top. Either way, these vegan meatballs make an epic sandwich!

vegan meatball marinara sub

In case you need convincing, here are a few reasoning why I love this Vegan Meatball Sub:

  • Meal-prep friendly 
  • The meatballs are freezer-friendly, so you can make a tasty meal in no time
  • Oil-free and healthy
  • Kid-friendly
  • Easily made gluten-free by using gluten-free buns
  • Super filling and satisfying!
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When it comes to choosing a Marinara sauce, there are not many that are oil-free. However Trader Joe’s does have one, yay! This is a link to my favorite marinara, it is not oil-free, but it is super delicious! It is a brand called Rao’s and has an amazing flavor and no preservatives. 

vegan meatball sub recipe

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Vegan Meatball Sub

vegan meatball sub recipe

Vegan meatball subs are a delicious meal that the whole family will enjoy. Serve them toasted with fresh basil and vegan mozzarella for an amazing vegan sandwich!

  • Prep Time20 min
  • Cook Time50 min
  • Total Time1 hr 10 min
  • Yield4-5 sub sandwiches

    Ingredients

    For the Meatballs

    • 2 cups peeled and diced eggplant
    • 1 cup pinto beans, rinsed and patted dry
    • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
    • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free breadcrumbs
    • 1 cup walnuts
    • 2 TBSP minced fresh parsley
    • 1 TBSP flaxmeal
    • 1 TBSP soysauce
    • 1 TBSP nutritional yeast
    • 1 TBSP tomato paste
    • 2 tsp Italian herb seasoning
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 tsp fennel seeds
    • Salt & pepper to taste

    For the Sandwich

    • 4-5 Sandwich rolls
    • Vegan Marinara sauce
    • Vegan Mozzarella or Parmesan cheese
    • Fresh basil

    Directions

    Prepare the Vegan Meatballs

    1

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place beans and eggplant on a lined baking sheet, and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until cracking.

    2

    Meanwhile, pulse the walnuts, flax, and herbs in a food processor until nearly a flour-like texture. Add the mushrooms, bread crumbs, baked pinto beans and eggplant, and remaining ingredients. Pulse until well combined, but still with some texture remaining.

    3

    Form the mixture into balls and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the outside is firm and the inside is tender.  

    Assemble the Meatball Subs

    4

    Turn oven heat up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

    5

    Place 3-4 meatballs on each sandwich roll, smother with Marinara sauce, and top with vegan mozzarella and/or parmesan cheese. 

    6

    Place subs on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 3-5 minutes, until toasted. 

    7

    Sprinkle the vegan meatball subs with fresh basil and serve!

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