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Italian Meatballs with Zoodles

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. 

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: dinner
Keyword: Gluten Free, Keto, Meatballs, Zoodles, Zucchini
Servings: 5 people
Author: Amber



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



  • Wash zucchinis.
  • Use your spiralizer according to its instructions to create zoodles from the zucchinis.
  • 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

  • Place all the meatball ingredients into a large bowl. Use wet hands to thoroughly mix the ingredients.
  • Form aprox 20 meatballs. I like to use a meatball press for even meatballs.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Add the remainder of the sauce ingredients and stir.
  • Add the meatballs back into pan. Lower temperature, cover pan with a lid and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Stir in some chopped fresh basil. 1 -2 Tablespoons should be good.
  • 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.