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Zucchini Noodles with Meatballs and Marinara Sauce

Ingredients:

For the zucchini

  • 5 medium zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon (0.5 ml) salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon (0.5 ml) pepper
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil

For the meatballs

  • 2 lbs (908 g) ground turkey
  • ½ cup (120 ml) breadcrumbs
  • 1 small onion grated, with juice
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 ½ tablespoons (22.5 ml) Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon (0.5 ml) pepper
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) chili flakes
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil

For the Marinara Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 27-ounce can (796 ml) diced tomatoes
  • 5-ounce can (156 ml) tomato paste
  • ½ grated onion
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/8 teaspoon (0.5 ml) salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon (0.5 ml) pepper
  • Fresh grated parmesan, for garnish

Method:

For the zucchini

  1. Spiralize or peel zucchinis into ribbons. Toss zucchini with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Heat extra virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add zoodles. Cook for 3-4 minutes, tossing occasionally. Remove from heat.

For the meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F (205 C).
  2. Add ground turkey, breadcrumbs, grated onion with juice, egg, Italian seasoning, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes to a large bowl, and stir to combine thoroughly. Using your hands, roll turkey mixture into 2- to 2 ½-inch (5 to 6 cm) diameter balls. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place meatballs in hot skillet. Sear for 2-3 minutes. Flip and place skillet in oven. Cook for 15-18 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Serve with Marinara Sauce over the Zoodles  

For the Marinara Sauce

  1. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Add diced tomatoes in liquid, tomato paste, onion, garlic, oregano, bay leaf, salt, and pepper to the pan. Stir and bring to a gentle boil. Cook, stirring periodically for 20-25 minutes.
  • Serve with Jumbo Turkey Meatballs (see recipe) and Zoodles (see recipe), and top with freshly grated parmesan.