Zucc-ghetti and Stuffed Meatballs

I’m in love with my spiralizer. It makes low-carb life so easy and tasty.

My toddler loves helping me make “noodles,” and sometimes she even eats them.

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Zucc-ghetti and Stuffed Meatballs (THM S)

  • 1-lb ground beef (I used 85/15)
  • 1 Tsp dried minced onion
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c shredded Asiago cheese (Parmesan is also fine)
  • 2 sticks mozzarella string cheese
  • 2 small zucchini
  • your favorite jarred (no sugar added) or homemade marinara
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375.

For the meatballs, add the ground beef, minced onion, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, egg, Asiago, salt and pepper to a small bowl and mix with your hands until just combined. Careful not to over-mix! The meatballs will be tough if you work the meat too much.

Cut the string cheese into small medallions.

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Take a tablespoon of the meat mixture into your hand, take one medallion of cheese and press it into the center. Cover with about another tablespoon of the meat mixture and set into a foil-lined pan or cast iron skillet.

Once you get through all the meatballs, bake the meatballs at 375 for about  10 minutes.

Spiralize the zucchini, thick or thin, however you like it.

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Begin heating the marinara sauce through in a medium sauce pan over low heat.

After the meatballs have cooked for 10 minutes, take them out and transfer them into the sauce to finish cooking, about another 5 minutes.

You can leave the  noodles raw and allow the hot marinara to cook them slightly, or you can lightly saute them in a little butter with salt and pepper until just tender.

Zucchini hold a LOT of water, so be aware of that when you’re cooking – be careful not to add liquid to it or coat it in too much EVOO/butter. If you have the time or desire, you can lightly press the noodles between paper towels to try and remove some water before serving.

YUM.

I also served mine with a side Caesar salad – croutons included! It was a mix of romaine and spinach, topped with crumbled cooked bacon, Parmesan whisps (crunchy “crackers” made with just cheese), and a sprinkle of Asiago cheese.

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Perfection. ^_^

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