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6 May, 2017

Zucchini meatballs with spaghetti

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Zucchini meatballs with spaghetti is ย my favourite Italian dish and without a shadow of a doubt one of the best ever dish l have cooked. It is so fillingย and delicious, I should really make it more often. Nothing says comfort food the way a plate of spaghetti and meatballs does. You are warned, just in case you think you will only have one portion, this will not happen.

I love the beef meatballs, and I believe many people will also agree that they taste the best. Of course, chicken, lamb, pork or any other meat can be used. And there has to be parmesan, without it the dish will not have the taste of Italy. The addition of zucchini brings some more goodness to the meatballs, it is a very nice combination, and great if you have kids who won’t eat veggies. I am forever trying to find more ways of getting more vegetables into my little one’s meals, she is pretty fussy and won’t eat whatever I cook just because I say it is yummy. Motherhood challenges, hey!

Zucchini meatballs with spaghetti

Zucchini meatballs with spaghetti

I for one love spaghetti, waaay to much I would say. Especially that they are great with pretty much any sauce. Talking about sauces, do you like the bolognese sauce? I have this recipe that you will just love: Clean-eating lean turkey spaghetti bolognese. Absolutely delish! Why buy ready-made sauces when they are full of sugar and some other dodgy ingredients, plus they don’t even taste nice. Making your own homemade sauce is a lot easier than you think. Not to mention how tasty this is.

Right, I have to tell you a secret, I am absolutely rubbish at shaping meatballs, not a single one has the same size, no matter how much I try. And l do try my best. But, I guess I can be forgiven, given that they taste tons better than they look. Did you know that meatball soups are also fantastic? My Romanian meatball soup is one of our favourite back home in Romania. This is what I mean when I talk about comfort food. Nice, quick, and easy to make. And divinely tasty!!

Zucchini meatballs with spaghetti

Zucchini meatballs with spaghetti

Zucchini meatballs with spaghetti


If you need a great family dish, these zucchini meatballs with spaghetti is all you want. The perfect recipe to please a crowd, from little to big ones, they all will ask for more. Great in any season, not just the cold months. After all, we all need a bit of comfort anytime of the year, not only in winter. No time to cook during the week? Why not make a big batch of meatballs and freeze them, you can just reheat them whenever you need. I would cook the spaghetti when needed though, I think they will taste a lot better fresh. The zucchini meatballs with the tomato sauce are also great with rice, couscous or bulgur wheat, or any other kind of pasta. So, just dig in and enjoy, you are in for a treat!


5 from 5 votes
Zucchini meatballs with spaghetti
Zucchini meatballs with spaghetti

Zucchini meatballs with spaghetti, a delicious recipe that has that taste of Italy. Comforting, easy to prepare and so delicious, everyone from little to big will just love it.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Daniela Anderson
For the meatballs
  • 250 g minced beef
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
For the tomato sauce
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes (400 g)
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock (400 ml)
  • salt and pepper to taste, plus parsley to garnish
For the spaghetti
  • 1/4 package of spaghetti
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • a pinch of salt
  1. Place the minced beef in a large bowl. Use the garlic presser to mince the garlic and finely chop the onion. Alternatively, you can grate or use a food processor in order to have the onion as finely chopped as possible.

  2. Grate the zucchini, and add it to the minced beef together with the garlic, onion and pamesan. Season well with salt, and pepper. Mix everything together. Best to use your hands, if not, a wooden spoon should do the job.

  3. Shape the mince into balls, ideally they should all have the same size.

  4. Heat up a frying pan and add the vegetable oil. Fry the meatballs gently for a few minutes. They will not be cooked through, we just want a bit of colour.

  5. In a large saucepan, add the chopped tomatoes and beef stock and throw in meatballs. Season with salt and pepper.

  6. Leave to cook on a medium heat until the meatballs are cooked and the tomato sauce is slightly thick.

  7. To cook the spaghetti, bring a pan of water to the boil. Add the salt and olive oil and then throw in the spaghetti, cooking them according to the packet instructions.

  8. To serve, add spaghetti to a plate and top with the meatballs and sauce and sprinkle with parmesan and chopped parsley if you like.


Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Zucchini meatballs with spaghetti

Zucchini meatballs with spaghetti

Zucchini meatballs with spaghetti

Zucchini meatballs with spaghetti

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29 thoughts on : Zucchini meatballs with spaghetti

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  • May 8, 2017 at 9:09 am

    I would love to try this, especially since you said is one of the best dishes you have ever cooked. I make zucchini meatballs sometimes but I have never had them in this combination, they look amazing.

  • Pam
    May 8, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    When the kids were little, they were really picky. I was always trying to sneak veggies into foods they liked. These meatballs sound tasty but also nutritious.

  • Julia
    May 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I love those hidden veggies in the juicy meatballs! And you are right – you can’t ever have just one serving of spaghetti and meatballs!

  • May 8, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    My kids would eat meatballs till they came out of there ears!! I just burnt the Lamb Stew for today so could really do with a huge bowl of this right now lol I’m a baker not a “cooker) that’s my excuse any way ..lucky for them I baked a chocolate cake so they’ll be having cake for dinner ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  • May 8, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    I love this use of zucchini! I still have frozen zucchini in my freezer from last years overflowing garden. I am going to try this soon!

  • May 8, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Sneaky zucchini! I love it. I always try to use veggies in unusual ways.

  • May 9, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Using zucchini is such a good idea! I need to make these for dinner!

  • Soniya
    May 10, 2017 at 12:46 am

    This looks super yum… what a clever way to sneak in some veggies in your kids!! Fantastic ๐Ÿ‘

  • May 10, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Haha, I am the same with the sizing of meatballs. I can never get them to be uniformed. Well unless I use a cookie scoop but then that gets messy so random sizes it is. These looks delicious so size is the least of the worry and love the zucchini hiding in there.

  • May 10, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Lovely flavorful idea for enjoying any day of the week. I want a bowl now so hungry.

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