So this has overnight become one of my favorite, mostly healthy, meals. I'm not a huge spaghetti person so this recipe is ideal for me. In order to achieve the zucchini noodles invest in a Vegetti. They sell them on Amazon, at Walmart and Target, you should be able to get the basic model for under $15.
Crock-pot Turkey Meatballs & Zucchini Noodles
- 1 large egg
- 1 lb 97-98% lean ground turkey
- 1/5 C. Italian bread crumbs
- 1 Tbls. olive oil
- 1/4 C. grated parmesan cheese
- 1 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbls. Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. pepper
- 2 slices of large sweet onion, sliced
- 1 large jar of your favorite maranara
- 1small can of crushed tomatoes
- chopped fresh basil for serving, optional
- Beat the egg in a large mixing bowl. Add the ground turkey, bread crumbs, onion, Parmesan, garlic, and seasonings in a large bowl. Mix everything up just so the ingredients are combined - avoid overmixing. Roll into desired size balls.
- In large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat, heat olive oil and cook meatballs until browned on outside, inside will remain pink.
- Cover bottom of crockpot with 1/4 C. sauce, place meatballs into crockpot and cover with crushed tomatoes and remaining sauce.
- Cover and cook on high for 3 hours. Top with fresh basil if desired.
*Prior to serving meatballs, use Vegetti to create zucchini noodles (I use three medium sized zucchinis for this.) Saute noodles on medium high for 4-5 minutes with your favorite seasonings. I used fresh garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil and parsley.
Cheesy Garlic Bread
- 3 Rolls, halved
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 3 Tbls. butter melted
- Heat oven to 450 degrees.
- Place halved rolls onto baking sheet. Combine melted butter and garlic in bowl and brush onto rolls.
- Cover rolls with a 2/3 parmesean and 1/3 mozzarella mixture of cheese.
- Sprinkle with parsley and bake until cheese is melted and lightly browned.