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How to Make Vegan Soutzoukakia

Vegan Soutzoukakai (Greek Meatballs in a Tomato Sauce)

A Greek family favourite, veganised
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Greek
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Keyword: Supper Dishes, Traditional Vegan Meals
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 345kcal
Author: Freya


Tomato Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Onion chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 450 g Tomatoes tinned
  • cup Red Wine
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin
  • Pinch Dried Thyme


  • 1 cup TVP soaked in ½ cup water
  • ½ cup Pecans toasted
  • ½ cup Breadcrumbs
  • 100 g Mushrooms
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Parsley fresh, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • ¼ cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Pinch Oregano


To make the tomato sauce

  • To make the sauce, sauté the onion and garlic in 2 tablespoon olive oil until softened.
  • Add the red wine and let simmer until almost evaporated.
  • Stir in the chopped tomatoes, bay leaf, cumin, thyme and seasoning.
  • Simmer until the sauce has reduced, thickened and tastes unctious! Set to one side.

To make the Rissoles

  • To make the rissoles, soak the TVP in a medium bowl with the half cup of water. The mixture will only dampen slightly, you want it remain some texture.
  • In a food processor, finely chop the walnuts. Add to the bowl.
  • Process the mushrooms, garlic, parsley, lemon juice and nutritional yeast until a smooth pate forms.
  • Add this to the bowl along with the breadcrumbs, oregano and seasoning.
  • Mix will and then stir in the flour to form a stiff mixture.
  • If the mixture is a little too sticky, add a bit more flour and chill for half an hour or so.
  • Form into rissole shapes and lightly fry in a little oil until browned.
  • Add the Rissoles to the sauce and gently simmer for another 20 minutes.
  • Serve the Rissoles and Sauce over the Bulgur Wheat Pilaf.
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Serving: 200g | Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 692mg | Potassium: 567mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1034IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 5mg