Vegan Lentil Meatball Stroganoff {Recipe}

This hearty and satisfying meal is sure to become a family favorite during cold-weather seasons.

Leaves are falling, and temperatures are dropping, which means it’s time to treat yourself to a big bowl of something warm. And by “something warm,” we mean a delicious stroganoff made with homemade, pan-seared lentil meatballs. This cruelty-free spin on a cool-weather classic is punctuated by a vegan sour-cream-and-mushroom sauce and served over wide fusilli pasta. One bite, and you just might wish fall lasted all year long.
Serves 2

What You Need:

For the meatballs:
½ cup dried green lentils
1⅔ cups water
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 cup cremini mushrooms, stems removed
¼ cup shallot, finely diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
⅔ cup bread crumbs
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ cup olive oil

For the sauce:
4 tablespoons vegan butter
1 8-ounce package cremini mushrooms, stems removed, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 cup vegan beef broth
¼ cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon creamy Dijon mustard
⅓ cup vegan sour cream
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ pound fusilli pasta, cooked according to package directions
½ cup reserved pasta-cooking water
¼ cup Italian flat leaf parsley

What You Do:

1. For the meatballs, into a medium-sized pot, add dried lentils and 1½ cups water. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to low heat. Simmer for approximately 25 minutes or until lentils are softened and cooked through.

2. Into a small bowl, add flaxseed and 3 tablespoons water. Set aside to thicken while the lentils are cooking.

3. Into a food processor, add cooked green lentils, flaxseed mixture, cremini mushrooms, shallot, garlic, bread crumbs, salt, black pepper, and dried oregano. Blend on high speed until all ingredients are well combined. Roll mixture into 2-inch balls. You will have approximately 20 lentil meatballs.

4. Into a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add lentil meatballs, and cook, turning frequently, until browned evenly all around.

5. For the sauce, into a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons vegan butter. When butter is melted, add mushrooms and cook 2 minutes. Add garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.

6. To the same skillet over medium-high heat, add remaining 2 tablespoons vegan butter. Once butter is melted, quickly whisk in all-purpose flour. Whisk in vegan beef broth and dry white wine. Bring to a boil for 1 minute, and remove from heat.

7. Stir in Dijon, sour cream, salt, black pepper, and ground nutmeg. Add mushroom mixture back into the pan and gently stir to combine with sauce.

8. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Before draining, reserve ½ cup of the still-hot water. Gradually stir in reserved pasta water ¼ cup at a time to thin sauce to desired consistency.

9. To serve, toss sauce with prepared pasta and top with lentil meatballs. Garnish with Italian flat leaf parsley and serve warm.

Photo courtesy of Holly V Gray

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