Zucchini Meatbals


We eat a lot of courgette, like basically in every single meal (I think I'm going to end up saying this about all vegetables!) and whilst going about my daily pinning I saw many recipes with courgette as the pasta replacement. As much as I LOVE carbs (they call me carb queen.. well, kinda) I was eager to try this and when I read Lizzie's post, I got right on it and with mince in the fridge we rustled up some meatballs too. Admittedly, we probably could have done with more courgette (are we piggies?) but as I always say, trial and error guys. Trial and error.

I know I mention this now every single time, but we don't measure things out. The internet had advised us to use a courgette per person, however we personally will add in an extra one next time (but that's just our hungry tums!) So to make this pretty tasty and incredibly easy meal you will need
Mince (or anything that will sit yummily on top!)
Courgette (most recipes use 1 per person)
Chopped tomatoes
Diced peppers and onion (diced incredibly small)
Garlic! (we are lazy yes!)
Salt and pepper
We set our oven to 200degrees, and whilst it's heating we fry off our peppers and onion in some oil. Once these are fairly transparent we add them into a bowl of mince, season and mix. Then make your meatballs, by rolling into little balls of goodness. We used 250grams of mince, and it made us 8!

Once your meatballs are rolled, place them in the oven for roughly 15/20 minutes (we just kept an eye on them). Whilst the meatballs are cooking you need to turn your courgette into pasta shapes. This so isn't a fancy term - but basically most recipes used a spiralizer or a Julienne Peeler to create the courgette spirals. We had neither, and so Little B patiently hand chopped the courgette into slices. We shall definitely be investing in a spiralizer but chopping did also work! ANYWAY when your meatballs are cooked and ready then fry off the courgette in butter and season with garlic (YUM!) for literally a few minutes. In another pan heat up your chopped tomato sauce and season (optional. We also added in some red pesto and chilli flakes which tasted amazing) and mix in your meatballs.
Serve your delicious meatballs on a bed of courgette spirals with a side helping of toasted pitta. Enjoy!


  1. This looks incredible, and now I am very hungry!

    Sara | This Girl Loves

  2. Oooo courgettes are just so yummy. I love using them in pastas, A little bit of parmesan on top is just beautiful too

    Rhiannon x
    The Sparkly Panda

  3. This looks gorgeous! Definitely going to give it a try!

    Andie xx

  4. This looks so nice, I'm a huge meatballs fan so really wanting to give this a go!

    Jade x
    jadethejourno.blogspot.co.uk ♡

  5. This looks so tasty!

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  6. Oh yum, this looks seriously good! x

  7. I love very lazy garlic, it makes cooking so much easier. This looks delicious!
    Water Painted Dreams xo

  8. I would love this but my other half hates courgette :-( will have to make it when he's away xx

  9. This looks delicious! I've not tried using courgette in this way yet as the boyfriend doesn't like it but I think i'm going to give it a go :)

  10. YUMMY! You know how to make my tummy rumble Mittens! xxx

  11. I am obsessed with courgette linguine/spaghetti at the moment. Definitely going to have a go at serving it with meatballs! Kudos to Little B for hand chopping the courgettes- they're so neat!

  12. Looks delicious! I'm glad you've cooked your courgette slices, because I've been a bit worried about eating it raw as most people seem to be doing lately. Also really happy that you achieved this without a spiraliser! Will definitely give this a go - thanks for sharing :)

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

  13. Yummy
    So delicious
    I've to try this recipe
    Maggie D.
    The Indian Savage diary

  14. We have courgetti bolognaise one night a week (with Quorn). It's lovely!


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