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rustic baked zucchini pasta with basil, tomatoes and chicken meatballs

rustic baked zucchini pasta with basil, tomatoes and chicken meatballs

i thought i'd share this recipe that is currently on high rotation in our house. it's a perfect weeknight dinner for us. i was telling a few people about how i've been making this and they were like "put it on the blog!" so here it is. it's nothing that pretty or revolutionary but zucchini pasta is definitely one of my favourite ways to get more vegetables in without feeling completely bored with what i'm eating.

rather than simmering the zucchini pasta in a pan, i prefer to bake it in the oven with everything all at once. i feel like it creates less dishes/mess and tastes better. i'll spiralize a bunch of zucchinis and toss them in a baking tray with whatever we're in the mood for. lately it's been these chicken meatballs. anders and i will make a big batch together (he makes the meatballs and crushes the garlic for me, best sous-chef ever!) to last us 2-3 nights.

INGREDIENTS (4 serves)

  • 8 zucchinis, spiralized
  • a punnet of cherry tomatoes or 4 large vine ripened, chopped
  • 500g organic chicken mince
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • 1/2 a bag of baby spinach
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 5 anchovies (or capers)
  • juice of one lemon
  • olive oil
  • pink himalayan salt, pepper, garlic powder and chilli flakes to taste
  • 2 tbs tomato paste

METHOD

1 /   preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius. add spiralized zucchinis, chopped tomatoes, basil, spinach, half of the crushed garlic, anchovies, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and chilli flakes in a baking dish and toss together then set aside

2 /   to make the meatballs simply combine chicken mince, garlic, salt and pepper and roll into 10 or 12 balls and place on top of the zucchini. then combine tomato paste with a little olive oil and brush on top of the meatballs which creates a nice caramelized tomato flavour. place in the oven to bake for about 30-40 minutes until meatballs are cooked through :)

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dérrive recipe - easy healthy weeknight dinner - one tray baked zucchini pasta and chicken meatballs www.derrive.com #paleo #whole30 #health #wellness #zucchinipasta #zucchetti #dairyfree #grainfree #sugarfree
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