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Vegetarian Meatloaf Recipe – By Popular Demand!

And by popular demand, I mean two people.

Here’s the recipe I used for my vegetarian meatloaf failure.  The instructions in bold are things that I didn’t do when I made it–if you make these changes, you might be more successful than I was.  I think you may actually need to make two loaves if you do this in loaf pans, though.

If you try to make this and it turns out well, let me know!

Vegetarian Meatloaf Recipe - By Popular Demand!

Adapted from Vegetarian Times' Chicago Diner Burgers


  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 16 oz. mushrooms finely chop 12 oz., slice the remaining 4 oz.
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. shredded mozzarella cheese


  • Bring 4 cups water, celery, soy sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper to a boil in large pot over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in oats, chopped mushrooms, and flour, and cook 5 minutes more. Transfer to bowl and chill.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While mixture is chilling, heat olive oil in large pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook until almost golden, about 5 minutes. Add sliced mushrooms and saute 5 minutes more, until mushrooms are browned and onions are caramelized.
  • Spray large loaf pan with cooking spray. Add half of meatloaf mixture, top with 1/2 cup cheese, and add the rest of the meatloaf mixture on top of this. Top the meatloaf with sauteed onions and mushrooms and pour pasta sauce on top of this. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp. of cheese. Cook for 1 hour or until set.
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  • Reply
    February 14, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Mmmmm, mmmm. so what if it wasn't pretty? This sounds delish!

  • Reply
    Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger)
    February 14, 2011 at 1:26 am

    OOOOH! Meatloaf goes vegetarian. How fantastic! I've clipped this recipe and look forward to trying it.

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    January 18, 2018 at 11:53 am

    I’m not seeing any bold font, perhaps b/c I’m on a mobile device?
    Think zucchini would be a good substitute for the mushrooms? I have some picky vegetarians 🙂

    • Reply
      Katie Trant
      January 22, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      Hi Sarah, I think zucchini might work out, but we haven’t tested this so can’t say for sure.

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