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Italian Meatballs with Zoodles, low carb meatballs, zucchini noodles, paleo meatballs, gluten free meatballs, gluten free family dinner

Italian Meatballs with Zoodles

  • Author: Amber
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 5 people 1x


Italian Meatballs with Zoodles is a delicious gluten-free, low carb dinner made with juicy cheese stuffed meatballs simmered in a simple marinara sauce served over zucchini noodles. 



Italian Meatballs with Zoodles

  • 5 zucchinis
  • olive oil
  • basil leaves (chopped)
  • Parmesan cheese (shredded)

Italian Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan (shredded)
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)


  • 1/2 yellow onion (diced)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces can tomato paste
  • 24 ounces can tomato sauce
  • 14 ounces can diced tomatoes



  1. Wash zucchinis.
  2. Use your spiralizer according to its instructions to create zoodles from the zucchinis.
  3. As the sauce finishes cooking in a separate pan, cook your zoodles. Place them into a hot pan for 3 minutes. Toss frequently. I like to do this in two batches to cook them evenly.

Italian Meatballs

  1. Place all the meatball ingredients into a large bowl. Use wet hands to thoroughly mix the ingredients.
  2. Form aprox 20 meatballs. I like to use a meatball press for even meatballs.
  3. Drizzle some olive oil into a hot pan on the stove top. Add meatballs. Cook until browned and then flip to brown the other side. I like to do this in two batches and set the meatballs to the side for a moment.


  1. Add a tiny amount of olive and the diced onion to the hot pan. Cook for 3 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook until aromatic which is about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  2. Add the remainder of the sauce ingredients and stir.
  3. Add the meatballs back into pan. Lower temperature, cover pan with a lid and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Stir in some chopped fresh basil. 1 -2 Tablespoons should be good.
  5. Serve over zoodles with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.


Also check food labels to ensure foods fit into a specific diet like keto or gluten-free. Most cheeses and tomato based sauces are gluten free but there are exceptions. 

  • Category: dinner