Vegetarian Meatballs (also known as neatballs!)
"Neatballs" can be prepared in minutes with minimal ingredients. Though I have varied the cheese and the dipping sauce several times, my family's favorite combinations are Mexican blend cheese with salsa and Parmesan cheese with marinara sauce. Of course, they are perfect for the traditional spaghetti and meatball dinner, too!

Yields 12 meatballs (may vary according to size preference) or 4 servings.


  • 1 package neat (I use Original)
  • 2 eggs (may use an egg substitute)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) shredded Parmesan cheese (may substitute other shredded cheese of choice)
  • For serving: marinara sauce or salsa for dipping; or pasta and preferred sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients except the sauce in a large bowl. Mix well. Form into 12 balls and place on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. (I find it very easy to shape the “neatballs” when my hands are wet. The mixture will not stick to your fingers this way.)
  3. Bake for 14-16 minutes. Serve immediately with desired dipping sauce or pasta.

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