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Vegan Swedish Meatballs

A buttery, creamy, meaty, comforting pasta recipe turned Vegan.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course, sauce
Cuisine: Vegan
Servings: 6


For Swedish Meatballs

  • 8 oz. tempeh
  • 2 tbsp flax +3 tbsp water (to make flax eggs)
  • 1 cup bread crumbs we used Italian bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp olive oil (divided) or grapeseed/avocado oil
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • salt & pepper to taste

For Swedish Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Make the flax eggs by stirring 2 tbsp ground flax with 3 tbsp water in a small bowl. Let it sit for a few minutes.
  • For the meatballs combine these ingredients in a food processor: 8 oz. tempeh, flax eggs, 1 cup bread crumbs, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp dried parsley, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp allspice, salt & pepper, and 1/4 cup water. Process for about 30 seconds until mixture is smooth.
  • Shape the balls with your hands, and cook them in 1 tbsp oil on a large pan/skillet on medium heat. Roll them almost constantly so that they don't burn. They should cook for about 4-5 minutes total. When they're done remove the meatballs from the heat and set aside.
  • If you're planning on putting the swedish meatball sauce on pasta, now is a good time to start cooking the pasta.
  • In the same pan add 1/4 cup vegan butter. Once it's melted add 1/4 cup flour and stir constantly to make a roux. Once the roux is fully mixed and bubbling add 2 cups vegetable broth, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 cup full fat coconut milk, 2 tsp dijon mustard, and 1 tsp red wine vinegar. Stir often, reduce heat and cook for 10 minutes. Season with salt & pepper to your liking.
  • Add the meatballs to the sauce and mix with your favorite pasta.


This delicious recipe is inspired from RabbitandWolves.com.  Check their site out for more amazingly delicious Vegan comfort food!