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Tofu Balls Bake

by Elisa Rossi
on 8th May 2017
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This is the perfect main for when you want something filling and satisfying without being too heavy. It’s also a great dish if you are trying to incorporate more vegetables into your diet but you are not the biggest veggie fan. So many veggies have been sneaked into this recipe without you even realising it!

Tofu Balls Bake

5 - 1 review

I love serving this bake with pasta (I am Italian after all) but it will be equally delicious with brown rice or quinoa.


  • 200g firm smoke tofu
  • 1 red onion peeled
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 courgette
  • 20-30g nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp buckwheat flour
  • 1 tbsp milled flaxseeds + 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp brown miso paste (optional)
  • 1 tbsp dried herbs (I have used Herbs De Provence)
  • For the Tomato sauce:
  • 1 can tinned chopped tomatoes or passata
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • A generous handful of fresh basil roughly chopped
  • A glug of olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
Prep Time


  1. Start by making the tofu balls. In a small bowl mix the milled flaxseeds with the water and leave it onto one side for 10-15 minutes until you have a gloopy consistency.

  2. Place the carrots, red onion, courgette and garlic into the Ninja food processor. Blitz for few seconds until you have a fine crumbly mixture. Add the tofu and all the other ingredients until everything is well combined. Don’t over process it as you don’t want to end up with a puree kind of texture.

  3. Transfer the tofu mix from the food processor into a bowl and mix with the flax seeds “egg”. With your hands shape the dough into a balls, about the size of a golf ball and leave them into one side while you are making the tomato sauce.

  4. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius.

  5. To make the tomato sauce use a tray or a large saucepan which can be moved straight into the oven. It also needs to be big enough to fit all the tofu balls. I have used a metal oven tray.

  6. Start by heat up the glug of olive oil.  Add the chopped onion, garlic and chilli flakes. Fry everything on a gentle heat for 4-5 minutes until the onion soften up a bit. Add the tinned tomatoes, fresh basil salt & pepper. Cook a low heat for 8-10 minutes to let all the flavours work with each other. Place the tofu balls into the tray on top pf the tomato sauce and place them in the oven for 25 minutes.

  7. After 25 minutes the balls should be slightly golden on top.

  8. Remove from the oven and serve straight away. I love serving it either with pasta, quinoa or rice.

Elisa Rossi

I started my blog Happy Skin Kitchen after suffering of hormonal acne for few years. During this period I tried numerous creams and antibiotics and after seeing no improvements I decided to take the matter into my own hands and try to clear my skin through a more holistic approach. Since then I gradually moved to a mostly wholefood plant based diet which has proven to the best choice I made for my skin and my overall health as well.
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