Main Meals Recipes

Zucchini “spaghetti” and Meatballs

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40 min
Prep: 10 min | Cook: 30 min | Servings: 6-8


  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced fine
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil, use half if you only have dried basil
  • 1 large egg
  • sea salt and pepper
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can crushed red tomatoes or (2 lbs fresh, cored, chopped and processed)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 lbs zucchini or yellow summer squash, trimmed
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Bring water to a boil in small pot. Add raw cashews and cook until soft, 15 min. drain and set aside in a food blender.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in med size skillet. Add onions and cook until softened 8-10 min.
  3. Stir in garlic, oregano, and pepper flakes and cook about 30 sec. Transfer half of mixture to the food blender with the cashews. Add 1/4 cup basil, egg and 1 tsp sea salt and blend for about 1 min.
  4. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and stir in ground beef mix. Pinch off 1 tbsp and roll into 1 1/2inch balls. Should make 12.
  5. Heat 3 tbsp of oil in skillet over med heat. Brown meatballs on all sides, about 10 min. Then transfer to plate.
  6. Add reserved onion mixture and tomato paste to fat/oil left in skillet and cook over med heat about 1 min. Stir in crushed tomatoes, bring to a simmer and cook about 20 min or until sauce is thickened.
  7. Return browned meatballs to skillet. Reduce heat to med-low, cover, and simmer gently about 10 min.
  8. Stir in remaining 2 tbsp basil. Add sea salt and pepper if needed.
  9. Heat oven to 375. Use spiralizer, cut zucchini.  Toss zucchini with 1 tbsp oil and sea salt and pepper to taste. Place on rimmed baking sheet.
  10. Roast until tender, 20 – 25 min. Time varies depending on how you like it.
  11. Transfer zucchini to large serving bowl, add several spoonful of sauce (without meatballs), and gently toss to combine.
  12. Enjoy!

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