Meatballs are one of those foods that really remind me of childhood. Spaghetti and meatballs are definitely one of those 'comfort foods.' Try this simple recipe for your next family dinner or make 1/2 the batch and save the leftovers if you are eating solo. Pour your meatballs and sauce over spiralized zucchini noodles for an ideal paleo meal.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Combine ground beef, onion, garlic salt, salt, and pepper in a bowl; mix well. Shape into 1 1/2-inch balls. Arrange meatballs in a glass baking pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until meatballs are browned, about 20 minutes.

  • Cut zucchini into noodle shapes with a spiralizer.

  • Heat tomato sauce in a saucepan over medium heat; add meatballs. Reduce heat to low. Cook, covered, until sauce and meatballs are evenly warmed, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; keep covered.

  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini, salt, and pepper; cook and stir until tender but firm to the bite, about 5 minutes. Transfer zucchini to a serving plate; top with tomato sauce and meatballs.

Cook's Notes:

I use grass-fed beef.

Substitute pasta sauce for the tomato sauce if desired.

Nutrition Facts

296.6 calories; 20.6 g protein; 9.2 g carbohydrates; 68.1 mg cholesterol; 1325.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2019
I added spices to the tomato sauce (salt pepper oregano garlic powder) and used Ground Sirloin for the meat. I also added 1/3 cup breadcrumbs to the meat and 2 eggs because it seemed too dry. I cooked the meatballs in Lite Tasting Olive Oil in a skillet. It turned out great! I mixed the Zucchini noodles from Ralphs with some Angel Hair Pasta (1/2 and 1/2). I put fresh Parmesan Cheese grated on top. Yummy!!! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2019
I added spices to the tomato sauce (salt pepper oregano garlic powder) and used Ground Sirloin for the meat. I also added 1/3 cup breadcrumbs to the meat and 2 eggs because it seemed too dry. I cooked the meatballs in Lite Tasting Olive Oil in a skillet. It turned out great! I mixed the Zucchini noodles from Ralphs with some Angel Hair Pasta (1/2 and 1/2). I put fresh Parmesan Cheese grated on top. Yummy!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/24/2017
Pretty good! I'll be making them again Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2017
no and a definite yes Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/16/2016
This turned out to be a quick and easy lunch. Everything was ready in about 30 minutes from the very beginning. I was afraid the meatballs wouldn't hold up without any binders. They were sturdy enough while baking but tended to fall apart when transfering them to the sauce. So next time I'll add an egg yolk. I think most people will think this dish is a bit bland but for us it was really nice. My husband gave it 5 stars but this is after I had added Parmigiano Reggiano and hot peppers. Definitely not the last time I make this. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2020
Used beef instead of ground turkey. It was very delicious. Glad I made it. Will make it again. Read More