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Lentil Meatballs with Lemon Pesto

Posted by on May 15, 2012

I have a lot of meatballs on here by now: classic spaghetti and meatballs, tuna meatballs, and chicken meatballs, and I thought it was time for vegetarian meatballs. These were inspired by a couple different recipes I saw across the blogosphere and they disappeared so quickly that I will have to make them again. They’re perfect for a party where meat-eaters and veggies alike will love them.

Lentil Meatballs

2 cups cooked lentils

1 cup drained and rinsed chickpeas

2 eggs

1/2 cup ricotta or goat cheese

1/2 cup grated parmesan

Juice of 1 lemon

1 garlic clove

1 tablespoon aleppo pepper

2 tablespoons chopped basil

2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it creates a paste. Place on parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until they start to brown on top.  Squeeze a whole lemon over them before serving.

Lemon Pesto

3 cups basil

2 tablespoons pine nuts

1/2 cup grated parmesan

Juice of 1 lemon

4 tablespoons olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until combined. Spoon over the meatballs or use as a dip on the side.

12 Responses to Lentil Meatballs with Lemon Pesto

  1. jasonpolk

    Wow. That looks delicious.

  2. apuginthekitchen

    Love the vegetarian meatballs, and absolutely beautiful photo’s.

  3. Villy

    They must be amazing!

  4. gp

    What’s not to love?…they look amazing…AND they’re baked! I have some chick peas in the processor at the moment for a dip…I might just shift gears and make these now! Thanks.

  5. Rock Salt

    Oh YUM – I love this idea!

  6. nfatima

    lovely…is there any substitute for aleppo pepper?

  7. Shumaila

    OOOooh I am definitely bookmarking this! What lentils did you use?

  8. Mama's Gotta Bake

    I like the presentation. Quite lovely!

  9. markrmmuir

    Sounds awesome, will have to do these for my veggie girlfriend, been meaning to make my own pesto for ages aswell!