Zucchini Meatballs are a delicious vegetarian twist on the classic. They’re packed with flavour and made with grated zucchini, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, and herbs. Serve them with pasta, in a sub, or on their own for a tasty and nutritious meal!

Zucchini Meatballs are as fulfilling as the original version and are only made of zucchini, breadcrumbs, garlic, and onions. They are baked in the oven and barely use any oil for an extra healthy bite. I saw this recipe in many places online, but most of them only contain zucchini. For this particular recipe, I’ve done vegetarian meatballs with extra onion, garlic, and flat-leaf parsley for extra flavour.

Zucchini vegballs pasta

Zucchini’s Water

Zucchinis are often underrated; their taste is mild because they contain so much water, which is 95% of the veggie, and their texture is soft and mushy as soon as you cook them. For this recipe, we’ll cook the grated zucchini and onion at first to release most of the water they contain so it will concentrate the flavour. All left to do is make some nice, tasty mini-balls with it. The consistency and texture of those zucchini meatballs are firm and heavy, just like a meat version. You might even be able to fool your guests or family members.

Fun Facts about Zucchini

This green elongated veggie is full of surprises; here are a few:

  • When choosing a zucchini, aim at the smallest possible; the more flavour it will have!
  • Zucchini is technically a fruit., because it comes from a flower. Which is also edible.
  • Zucchinis are also called courgettes.
  • They are higher in potassium than bananas.
Zucchini meatballs pasta

Variations

The leftovers make a fantastic filling for a sub sandwich or can be added to a warm minestrone—they’re also great next to rice, bulgur, or mashed potatoes.

Other Pasta Dishes

Zucchini Meatballs Pasta

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Servings 3 people
Calories 299
Zucchini Meatballs Pasta is a vegetarian imitation of the classic meatball sauce. These little dumplings are made with zucchini, onion, garlic, parsley and covered in tomato sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 zucchini (grated )
  • 380 ml tomato sauce (marinara type)
  • 100 g breadcrumbs (or panko)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 handful parsley
  • salt and pepper

Instructions 

  • Grate the zucchini, onion and add salt to it.
    Zucchini vegballs pastaa
  • In a big pan, cook with olive oil, at medium-high heat, the zucchini, the onion and the garlic for 10 minutes or until almost all the water is evaporated.
  • Drain the leftover juice from the zucchini by pushing it through a fine-meshed sieve with a spoon.
    Zucchini vegballs pasta
  • Add the egg, parsley, salt and pepper to the zucchini pulp and mix. 
    Zucchini vegballs pasta
  • Form small balls, with oiled hands, and add to baking tray (covered with parchment).
    Zucchini vegballs pasta
  • Spray them or brush them with olive oil.
  • Cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 180°C (350°F) (until turning light brown)
  • In a skillet, warm up the tomato sauce, add the zucchini balls and serve on pasta.

Notes

Serve on Spaghetti or Spaghettini with a bit of parmesan.
Author: Marie Breton
Calories: 299kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: vegetarian
Keyword: meatballs, pasta, spaghetti, vegetarian, zucchini

Nutrition

Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 899mg | Potassium: 854mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1.021IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 4mg
Nutrition Facts
Zucchini Meatballs Pasta
Amount per Serving
Calories
299
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
13
g
20
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Trans Fat
 
0.01
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
8
g
Cholesterol
 
55
mg
18
%
Sodium
 
899
mg
39
%
Potassium
 
854
mg
24
%
Carbohydrates
 
37
g
12
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Protein
 
10
g
20
%
Vitamin A
 
1.021
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
36
mg
44
%
Calcium
 
116
mg
12
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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