Easy Italian Sausage Meatballs + Squash Noodles
Tell me that you don’t think of Lady and the Tramp when you see a plate of spaghetti and meatballs — especially around Valentine’s Day. I always thought that was an odd choice for a fancy date dinner, but maybe dogs eat spaghetti and marinara more gracefully than we do. Well, cartoon dogs, at least.
Did I ever tell you that I think of Marge Simpson whenever I pull out my oregano? Ah, Simpsons.
Well, if you DO want to have spaghetti and meatballs for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, I congratulate you on the comfort level in your relationship.
And I have the perfect recipe for you! Have you ever used bulk Italian sausage in meatballs? My grandma’s slow cooker meatballs and gravy has so much flavor, and I didn’t realize until I saw the recipe that they had Italian sausage. I’ve used it in meatballs and meatloaves, and it’s an easy way to add a ton of flavor.
Also, have you ever used nutritional yeast? It adds a “cheesy” kind of flavor, and I always dig into it when I’m doing a round of Whole30 or I’m developing a dairy-free recipe. (You know I’ll never break up with cheese forever.)
What is it exactly? Dehydrated deactivated yeast. Sounds appetizing, right? I was a lukewarm about it for a long time until I started using it during my first round of Whole30 and in recipes in my cookbook. I quite like it now!
Also, butternut squash noodles are probably my favorite squash noodle. They have a little more heft to them than zucchini noodles and a little sweetness. Just a heads up — if you boil them they overcook REALLY easily and you end up with vermicelli.
Here’s another paleo meatball recipe over at Bless Her Heart, Ya’ll — Paleo Turkey Meatballs. They look amazing cooked in a sesame-ginger sauce! Just omit the honey to make it Whole30 compliant.
If you’re wanting something else a little more exotic, try these Korean BBQ Meatballs at This Mess is Ours.
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