..and all the Swedish girls fell for Italian boys

Written by the_chelf@yahoo.gr

By nature opposites attract. Sub-atomic particles, magnets, silk and leather (both man-made, yes) Italian spaghetti and Swedish meatballs, you and I.

I have been lusting over Swedish meatballs on food blogs as I am stereotypically obsessed with everything scandi, and now that it’s getting colder I also crave hot bowls of pasta covered in rich tomato sauce.

—-  Let’s combine both and veganize it as well —-

This is the gastronomical version of how all the Swedish girls fell for Italian boys.


For the Vegan Swedish Meatballs

1 cup cooked lentils

1 boiled potato

½ cup breadcrumbs (plus more to cover)

2 cup finely chopped, sautéed onion

¼ cup finely chopped parsley

1 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Salt & black pepper


Pre-heat the oven at a medium-high temperature.

Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

Add all the ingredients in a food processor or blender (I used a hand blender and it worked just fine). Mix well, season to taste. Shape them into balls with your hands and roll them into more breadcrumbs.  Place on the lined baking pan, and bake them until golden brown.

In the meantime prepare the pasta and the tomato sauce.

Keep the pasta al dente to feel the Italian vibes.

Tomato sauce Ingredients

1 red onion finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tbsp olive oil

¼ cup red wine

2 cups tomato puree

(0r 3 cups fresh ripe, minced tomatoes when in season)

½ tsp sugar

1-2 bay leaves

½ tsp dried basil

Salt and pepper to taste


Heat the olive oil in a non-stick pan and sauté the onion. Add the garlic and cook through until soft and golden brown.

Add the wine and allow to simmer before adding the tomato puree. Season with all the herbs and spices, reduce the heat to low-medium and allow to simmer until it’s reduced to a rich thick sauce.

Poor over the pasta and meatballs and serve warm, along with a glass of red wine or a bottle of stout.

Until the next one,


25 thoughts on “..and all the Swedish girls fell for Italian boys

  1. These look so tasty! I love anything related to pasta, and I eat very little meat, so this is just perfect! I will be trying these out soon.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Yay! Let us know how they turned out!

  2. I love a good bottle of stout! I will have to try it with your spaghetti and lentil balls!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Awesome! I’m glad I provided the inspo!

  3. Ooh, these look really good! I will have to give this a try some time!

  4. Neely Moldovan says:

    Reading this while hungry is not a great idea LOL. This sounds so good!

  5. Marjie Mare says:

    Perfect dish for this perfect Monday night. I love it and will give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  6. This sounds delicious! I make my meatballs in a similar way, but I just use my hands to mix everything. I never thought of using the blender.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      A true chef! Use your hands darling, that’s my weapon of choice too!

  7. Christa says:

    It’s like you read my mind and posted this just for me! I’ve been craving something exactly like this. As a vegetarian, I eats lots of lentils, but I’ve never tried to make a lentil meatball.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Christa you will fall in love with this one!

  8. Joshua says:

    Ok yum! I am going to definitely try those vegan swedish meatballs! Meatless lentil balls look so delicious!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      They really are! Magic lentils, you can take them any direction you wish!

  9. Jack branson says:

    Tasty recipe and yet easy one to do. This would be something I never tried before and I think it will be interstellar to do it. Thank you for sharing!

  10. This sounds delicious! I don’t think I ever have added wine to my pasta sauce and I love that you made meatballs!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Let’s do it the italian way 😉

  11. That looks so delicious! I am a sucker for anything with pasta! Pasta is my fav food.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      pasta rules!

  12. I like Italian food! Seafood pasta is one of my favorite meals.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      well, this is not seafood but I think you’ll like it 😉

  13. Oh wow this looks yummy. I am a veggie and love a good bowl of pasta so this is right up my street xx

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I’m so glad to hear that!

  14. We are on the same wavelength with the desire for Swedish meatballs! Recently we went to three different supermarkets and couldn’t find any! This vegan recipe sounds delish! The only thing I would add is some chili to spice things up a bit. Definitely, need saving.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Now you are talking! How did that not occure to me! Next time chili for sure! Thank you Joleisa!

  15. I love this! I want to make this type of pasta ASAP!

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