Paleo spaghetti and meatballs made from zucchini noodles – fun to make AND fun to eat!
This was my Christmas present from my awesome friend Leah: a Betty Bossi Vegetable Twister!! It makes noodles out of vegetables – how cool is that?? Of course I had to test it out – with some meatballs and homemade pesto. It was a big hit with my 18-month old. The noodles come out extremely long, so they are lots of fun for a toddler. When I made these I had no idea if the meatballs would stick together because I had always made them with breadcrumbs and egg. Turns out all you need is meat to make a fantastic meatball (but I’ve hidden some veggies in there too).
I just keep the pesto in the freezer so that I can take it out whenever I need it. You could do this with a tomato based spaghetti sauce if you prefer, or any other style of spaghetti sauce. I like to keep it simple.
- 3 zucchinis (one grated)
- 1 onion (chopped finely)
- 1 carrot (grated)
- 1-2 cloves of garlic (minced)
- pepper (to taste)
- 450-500g mince (beef or a combination of beef and pork)
- Heat the olive oil in a pan and cook the carrot, onion, grated zucchini, minced garlic, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool a bit.
- Mix the cooked vegetables in with the mince and some pepper.
- Shape into balls and place on a baking tray. Cook at 180°C for around 15-20 minutes until cooked through.
- Cut the remaining 2 zucchinis in half. Use the vegetable twister to twist them into spaghetti noodles
- Cover with boiling water for about 2 minutes.
- Drain and mix with your sauce/pesto. Serve.
- 3 large handfuls basil
- 1 clove garlic
- 3-4 T olive oil (or as you prefer)
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- generous handful of toasted pine nuts or walnuts
- Use a food processor to blend all the ingredients. Adjust the ingredients to taste (add salt and pepper to taste as well)
If you are going to freeze it, you can blanch the basil in boiling water for a few seconds. I think this alters the taste a bit, but it keeps the pesto nice and green.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did! I can’t wait to try some more zucchini pasta recipes!