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Fix My Food: Zoodles with Meatballs in a Rustic Tomato Sauce

There's nothing like a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs when you're looking for delicious comfort food.  But in honor of the New Year, we’re ditching those calories and carbs with a lightened up version of this classic with the  help of Chef Mary Jane Miller.

Zoodles with Meatballs in a Rustic Tomato Sauce
Prep time: 30 minutes
Ready in 45 minutes


3/4 cup soft breadcrumbs, about 1 slice of sourdough, torn
1 egg
1/4 cup whole milk
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. Italian turkey sausage, bulk or with casings removed
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.  In a large bowl stir the bread crumbs, egg and milk together.  Let stand 10 minutes to soften.  Mash and whip the mixture with a fork until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix with hands until smooth.  Using wet hands, pinch off about an ounce and shape into a 2-inch ball.  Arrange on a rimmed baking sheet.  
  3. Bake for 40 minutes or until meatballs reach internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  4. Meanwhile, make sauce.


Sauce and Zoodles:

3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
4 oz. sliced mushrooms
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 (28 oz) can chopped tomatoes
1 Tbsp. double strength tomato paste
3 Tbsp, slivered fresh basil
2 medium zucchini, cut into noodles with a spiralizer
additional parmesan for serving

  1. In a large deep skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Cook onions and garlic in oil until translucent, about 4 minutes.  Add mushrooms with salt and pepper and cook until just tender.  
  2. Dump in tomatoes and turn up the heat.  Bring to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, until juices thicken, about 5 minutes.  Stir in tomato paste and cook a minute more.
  3. Toss in zucchini noodles, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook 2 or 3 minutes or until crisp tender.  Stir in basil.
  4. Serve topped with meatballs and additional grated parmesan cheese.

Makes 4 servings