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I apologize for yet another zucchini recipe but think this is the best one yet. It’s so good that I plan to serve it to company soon! The meatballs can be made ahead of time and you use a spirilizer to turn your zucchini into “noodles”. I think you’ll agree that this zucchini pasta with meatballs is delicious!zucchini pasta with meatballs

 

Zucchini Pasta with Meatballs

Ingredients:

 

1 large zucchini or 2 smaller ones

1-pound ground beef

¼ cup Italian flavored breadcrumbs (I used panko breadcrumbs)

1 Tbsp. parsley

¼ tsp. nutmeg

¼ tsp. allspice

½ cup onion, finely chopped

½ tsp. garlic powder

1/8 tsp. pepper

½ tsp. salt

1 egg

1 Tbsp. olive oil

5 Tbsp. butter

3 Tbsp. flour

2 cups beef broth

1 cup heavy cream

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

 

Directions:

 

Spiralize your zucchini. Place the zucchini noodles in a colander and sprinkle lightly with salt; set the colander in a sink or over a bowl. Let sit while you make and cook the meatballs.

 

In a medium bowl combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, parsley, allspice, nutmeg, onion, garlic powder, pepper and salt and egg. Mix well.

 

Roll into 12-16 large meatballs. In a large skillet combine olive oil and 1 Tbsp. butter. Add the meatballs and cook, turning to brown on all sides. Cook until the meatballs are cooked through. Transfer to a plate.zucchini pasta with meatballs

 

Add the remaining 4 Tbsp. of butter to the same skillet, heat until the butter is melted and then add the flour. Whisk until it turns brown. Slowly stir in the beef broth and heavy cream. Add the Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard and bring to a simmer. Cook until the sauce starts to thicken. Salt and pepper to taste. Add the meatballs and simmer for another 1-2 minutes.

 

While the sauce is thickening rinse the zucchini to remove the excess salt and squeeze dry. In a large skillet melt 1 Tbsp. olive oil, add the zucchini and cook until heated through and somewhat soft.

 

When the sauce and meatballs are ready serve over the zucchini pasta. Zucchini Pasta with Meatballs is delicious and good enough for company!zucchini pasta with meatballs

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Zucchini Pasta with Meatballs
I apologize for yet another zucchini recipe but think this s the best one yet. It’s so good that I plan to serve it to company soon! The meatballs can be made ahead of time and you use a spirilizer to turn your zucchini into “noodles”. I think you’ll agree that this zucchini pasta with meatballs is delicious!
zucchini pasta with meatballs
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
zucchini pasta with meatballs
Instructions
  1. Spiralize your zucchini. Place the zucchini noodles in a colander and sprinkle lightly with salt; set the colander in a sink or over a bowl. Let sit while you make and cook the meatballs. In a medium bowl combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, parsley, allspice, nutmeg, onion, garlic powder, pepper and salt and egg. Mix well. Roll into 12=16 large meatballs. In a large skillet combine olive oil and 1 Tbsp. butter. Add the meatballs and cook, turning to brown on all sides. Cook until the meatballs are cooked through. Transfer to a plate. Add the remaining 4 Tbsp. of butter to the same skillet, heat until the butter is melted and then add the flour. Whisk until it turns brown. Slowly stir in the beef broth and heavy cream. Add the Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard and bring to a simmer. Cook until the sauce starts to thicken. Salt and pepper to taste. Add the meatballs and simmer for another 1-2 minutes. While the sauce is thickening rinse the zucchini to remove the excess salt and squeeze dry. In a large skillet melt 1 Tbsp. olive oil, add the zucchini and cook until heated through and somewhat soft. When the sauce and meatballs are ready serve over the zucchini pasta. Zucchini Pasta with Meatballs is delicious and good enough for company!

 

As I mentioned last week I have an abundance of zucchini! I always plant a few extra plants and they all seem to survive giving me lots of zucchini. I don’t mind as I love zucchini and am always looking for new ways to enjoy it. A friend of mine shared this recipe with me recently for a zucchini sauce, which you serve with pasta. I decided to give it a try! It serves about six so my husband and I will be enjoying this for the rest of the weekend!zucchini sauce

 

Zucchini Sauce with Pasta

 

Ingredients:

 

1 onion, chopped

2 large cloves of garlic, minced

2 pounds of medium zucchini, diced

¼ cup basil, minced

4-6 Tbsp olive oil, divided

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

1 pound of penne pasta or other pasta of your choice.

 

Directions:Zucchini Sauce

 

Finely chop the onion and mince the garlic. Cut the squash into ½ inch pieces.

 

Put a large pot of water on to cook the pasta.

 

In another large pot, sauté the onion in 1-2 Tbsp. of the olive oil. Sauté for 5-7 minutes or until the onion is soft. Stir in the garlic and sauté for another minute and then add the zucchini, along with 2 Tbsp. Olive oil. Cook uncovered for about three minutes and then cover the pot, lower the heat and cook until the zucchini are extremely tender, about 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally and add a little water if you notice the zucchini is sticking to the pan. Just before the zucchini is done add ¼ cup of minced basil.

 

While the zucchini is cooking bring the pot of water to boiling and cook the pasta. When the pasta is done combine the cooked pasta with the zucchini sauce. Cook over medium heat until the pasta is nicely coated with the sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan if desired.Zucchini Sauce

 

Enjoy.Zucchini Sauce

Despite the fact that I’ve cut back on my garden I am still growing a healthy crop of zucchini! I love zucchini and I always grow more than I need. How do I use it up? Here are a few of my favorite ways:

 

Favorite Zucchini Recipes:

 

Zucchini and Parmesan Crusted Chicken

This recipe has been adapted from a recipe I tried using HelloFresh. Although the original recipe was good I felt it needed a little something more so I added some minced garlic! Why have I never thought of topping a chicken breast with shredded zucchini? The zucchini keeps the chicken moist and tender while it is cooking. The addition of garlic and Parmesan gives a delicious flavor to the mix.Zucchini Parmesan Crusted Chicke

 

Zucchini Fettuccine Alfredo

I love using my spiralizer to create zucchini noodles. I use the noodles in all sorts of ways. Sometimes I use zucchini noodles in place of pasta when serving spaghetti and meatballs. I’ve recently been experimenting to create a Fettuccine Alfredo using zucchini noodles and a light sauce. This extra light Alfredo sauce for pasta gets its silkiness from fresh ricotta and grated Parmesan cheese. I think it’s a winner! Perfect all by itself of serve as a side dish with grilled steak.Zucchini Fettuccine

 

Corn Zucchini Salsa

I love zucchini and I always plant more than I need in my garden. As a result I am always looking for new ways to use it up! This is a new recipe for me this year! Serve this delicious salsa with tortilla chips or try it on top of grilled chicken breasts or fish. It’s got just the right amount of zip!Corn Zucchini Salsa

 

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

One of my favorite ways to use up zucchini is making a Chocolate Zucchini Cake. This recipe is especially good if you have some oversized zucchini that need to be used up. A friend of mine shared this recipe with me years ago and we’ve been enjoying it ever since.Chocolate Zucchini Cake

 

Zucchini Relish

The same friend that shared her chocolate zucchini cake recipe also gave me this wonderful relish recipe. I don’t even buy relish any more as this is the family favorite. Another wonderful way to use up zucchini! Making this relish is a two-day affair so be sure to plan accordingly.Zucchini Relish

 

 

Zucchini Quiche

A friend I worked with shared this recipe with me years ago. I have made it every summer since then and we still enjoy it! You can serve it as a complete dinner along with a salad or use it as a side dish.Zucchini Quiche

 

Turkey, Quinoa and Zucchini Meatloaf

Looking for a delicious and healthy meal? Try this delicious meatloaf recipe, it works best to make individual meatloaves.

 

Are you a zucchini lover? What is your favorite recipe?

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This recipe has been adapted from a recipe I tried using HelloFresh. Although the original recipe was good I felt it needed a little something more so I added some minced garlic! Why have I never thought of topping a chicken breast with shredded zucchini? The zucchini keeps the chicken moist and tender while it is cooking. The addition of garlic and Parmesan gives a delicious flavor to the mix.Zucchini Parmesan Crusted Chicke

Ingredients:

2 Chicken Breasts, about 12 oz total
1 zucchini, shredded
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
1 tsp dried chili flakes
1-2 gaarlic cloves, minced

Zucchini Parmesan Crusted ChickePreheat your oven to 400 degrees. Grate the zucchini and place into the center of a clean kitchen towel. Gather the corners and squeeze the excess moisture out over your sink. Place the zucchini in a bowl. Add the minced garlic, Parmesan cheese and chili flakes to the zucchini. Mix well.

Pound the chicken breast until they are about ½ inch think. Season both side with salt and pepper and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Top each chicken breast with a thick layer of the zucchini mix. Bake 15- 30 minutes or until just cooked through. During the last two minutes of cooking, heat the broiler to high and broil for about 2 minutes or until golden brown on top.Zucchini Parmesan Crusted Chicke

Serve the Zucchini & Parmesan Crusted chicken with a salad or with mashed potatoes and green bean. We use the leftovers on a salad the next day.Zucchini Parmesan Crusted Chicke

I love using my spiralizer to create zucchini noodles. I use the noodles is all sorts of ways. Sometimes I use zucchini noodles in place of pasta when serving spaghetti and meatballs. I also love this Chicken and Zucchini noodle recipe I found on the Lean Green Bean blog.

Chicken and Zoodles

Chicken and Zoodles

I’ve recently been experimenting to create a Fettuccine Alfredo using zucchini noodles and a light sauce. This extra light Alfredo sauce for pasta gets its silkiness from fresh ricotta and grated Parmesan cheese. I think it’s a winner! Perfect all by itself of serve a s a side dish with grilled steak.

Zucchini Fettuccine Alfredo

3-4 zucchinis sliced into noodles (or use a spiralizer)
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup of ricotta cheese
½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste

Prepare your zucchini.Spiralized Zucchini Once it is spirlaized place in a colander and lightly salt.Ingredients

Allow to sit for 15-20 minutes to remove some of the water from the zucchini. Give it a quick rinse and dry with paper towels.

Spray a large pan with cooking spray and add the zucchini and the garlic. Cook until tender but not soft. Remove and set aside. Add the ricotta and the ½ cup of Parmesan to the pan, stir until smooth. Add the zucchini. Add the basil and season with salt and pepper.Zucchini Fettuccine Serve immediately. Delicious!

Zucchini Fettuccine

Zucchini Fettuccine

I love zucchini and I always plant more than I need in my garden. As a result I am always looking for new ways to use it up! This is a new recipe for me this year! Serve this delicious salsa with tortilla chips or try it on top of grilled chicken breasts or fish. It’s got just the right amount of zip!Corn Zucchini Salsa

Ingredients:
3 medium zucchini, cleaned, trimmed and diced
1 ½ tsp salt
2 ears of yellow corn, husked and silk removed
4 Tbsp olive oil
2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 cup fresh lime juice (about 8 limes)
½ cup apple cider vinegar
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced (wear rubber gloves)
¼ cup finely chopped scallions
3 cloves garlic, minced
¼ tsp freshly ground pepper

Ingredients for Corn Zucchini Salsa

Ingredients for Corn Zucchini Salsa

Toss the zucchini with the salt and sweat them for three minutes in a colander. Rinse and dry on paper towels.

Ingredients prepped and ready!

Ingredients prepped and ready!

Coat the corn with 2 tsp olive oil and roast on a cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven for 30-40 minutes. Cool. Cut off the kernels and scrape the cobs.

Corn ready for the oven.

Corn ready for the oven.

Combine the zucchini, corn, remaining oil, tomatoes, lime juice, vinegar, jalapenos, scallions, garlic and pepper in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Ladle into hot, sterile jars, cap and seal. Process in a boiling water bath canner for 15 minutes.

Corn Zucchini Salsa

Corn Zucchini Salsa

 

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