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Turkey Meatballs with Zoodles

I know….I know. You carb lovers are like STOP WITH THE ZOODLES! I promise this will be my last one for a little while. Maybe. Some of you have commented on my last two posts that you just aren’t sure if you would use the spiralizer enough. I think three Tuesdays in a row worth of recipes is proof that you really would! You can literally recreate any pasta dish using veggie noodles.

Either way, the meatballs turned out fabulous and could be paired with regular noodles or served as a side with something else. Or heck, if you are getting crazy…make a meatball sub.

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What You Need:

For the meatballs…

1 lb ground turkey

2 tbsp panko crumbs

1/2 diced onion

2 cloves garlic or 1 tsp minced garlic

1 egg

2 tbsp of Parmesan cheese

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

Italian seasoning (most of this, probably around 2 tbsp)

sage (to taste)

basil (to taste)

oregano (to taste)

Other items needed…

1 and 1/2 jars of Red Sauce – I use organic tomato basil from Bertolli, you can even make your own.

4-5 zucchinis for the zoodles

olive oil

What You Do:

1. In a pan with olive oil, cook the onions for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and seasonings and heat for an additional 2 minutes.

2. While the onion is cooking, combine turkey, panko crumbs, egg, and Parmesan cheese. Also, spiralize the zucchini into noodles.

3. Combine onion mix with meat mix and form meatballs.

4. Add olive oil to the onion pan, heat over medium heat and add the meatballs. Cook until browned on each side.

5. Transfer the meatballs into a sauce pan and add tomato sauce, heat on medium-low.


6. Heat olive oil in a large pan and cook zucchini noodles, about 7-9 minutes for a pasta like texture, less if you want them crunchier.

Spoon sauce and meatballs over each place of zoodles, sprinkle with cheese if desired and enjoy!



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  • Reply Biana Perez February 24, 2015 at 8:50 am

    You know I’m a fan of anything zoodles related!! I love adding the meatballs to this – so tasty and makes it more hearty for sure!! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph February 24, 2015 at 8:51 am

    If people eat pasta, why would they be unsure if they’d use the spiralizer? You either want to replace some pasta with vegetables or you’re not interested in replacing pasta. Simple. LOL.

    I don’t use it a lot, but I have a small handheld one that fits in a drawer so no skin off my back if I use it once a month.

  • Reply Brooks February 24, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Okay, okay, enough convincing. I’m going to get a sprializer now. Mainly because you had me at zoodles.

  • Reply Laura February 24, 2015 at 9:39 am

    I’m going to have to go ahead and get myself one of these things — because meatballs. Also, I’m with Brooks — saying zoodles is way more fun.

  • Reply kristen February 24, 2015 at 10:58 am

    man i just need to get off my butt and make some zoodles. i have never had turkey meatballs, they look yum! wonder if i could use oats instead of breadcrumbs.

  • Reply Stephanie February 24, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Have you ever tried pureed white beans in place of the breadcrumbs and cheese, to hold the meatballs together? I saw it on Pinterest and I’m curious if it really works. Not that a few breadcrumbs and cheese would derail everything, but I am trying to avoid them! But you made me want meatballs. And zoodles.

  • Reply Audrey February 24, 2015 at 11:46 am

    So much to love about this recipe!

    Thanks for sharing this on Tasty Tuesdays. Pinned to the Tasty Tuesdays Board.

  • Reply kathy@real talk February 24, 2015 at 11:50 am

    that spirilizer is on my watch list …just waiting for it to go down in price because this cheap bitch don’t pay full price for anything 😀

  • Reply Wendy@BlushandBarbells February 24, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    I reallly need to use my spiralizer for more than sweet potato fries/strings. Thanks for the recipe inspiration!

  • Reply Lindsay @ Broke and Bougie February 24, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Who says you wouldn’t use a spiralizer?? I put it on my registry after your first post about it hahah!

  • Reply Julia @ Grace Makes New February 24, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Oh yum that looks so good and I love how healthy it is! You’re over here posting all these healthy zoodle recipes and I’m like “Here’s some cake and muffins!” LOL! 😀

  • Reply Kerry February 24, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I have a handheld one and love it! I can’t remember the last time I had pasta but I love zoodles.

  • Reply Pamela February 24, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Ohh I love turkey meatballs! I might have to try this out… but first. I need a spiralizer!!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  • Reply Kay R. February 24, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    You always win with the food! This looks great! I have never tried turkey meatballs honestly but I cant imagine not liking them!

  • Reply Jessi February 25, 2015 at 2:05 am

    Not less Zoodles, MORE zoodles! 🙂

  • Reply ellesees February 25, 2015 at 7:23 am

    i’m still a fan of zoodles, so the more recipes the merrier for me!

  • Reply Dorrie @ Bear Den Plantation February 25, 2015 at 8:52 am

    I really need to suck it up and try zoodles! Your meal looks fantastic!

    Also=- how creepy was PPL last night?!? -Dorrie @ Bear Den Plantation

  • Reply Tricia's Mostly Healthy Life February 25, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    I’ve had the Spiralizer or Vegetti on my list for a while and I have not gotten it yet. Dumb since I LOVE zoodles. I was just talking about it yesterday and my co-worker was going to pick one up for me while she was out but couldn’t find it. This looks amazing and made me put the priority of a Spiralizer a little higher on my list. Until then, I have been doing it manually. yuck!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista February 25, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Ok I definitely need a spiralizer in my life this looks DELISH!

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