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Pesto Zoodles with Mini Chicken Bacon Meatballs

By : paleopaparazzi 20 Comments

I was up in the mountains this past weekend with no internet access and loads and loads of snow. While it was magical and peaceful, it had me dreaming of these pesto zoodles and warmer weather. I’m really looking forward to spring and summer. There’s always such an abundance of fresh herbs and all the fruits and veggies we’ve been waiting to see at the market all year long! I especially love when fresh basil can be found everywhere because pesto is one of my favorite sauces to make, and this is one of my favorite dishes to use it in!

If you’ve never tried zoodles before, this recipe is a great one to start with. Zoodles are basically just long strands of zucchini that resemble noodles, but are loaded with tons of good for you vitamins. You can make them quickly by using a spiralizer or a julienne peeler. I have the paderno spiralizer and it has worked great for me the past few years. After I spiralize the zucchini I like to salt mine liberally to help draw out some of the moisture. This can help the zoodles be less mushy when you heat them up, but you can eat them raw if you like them that way. If I use a sauce that is already warm, sometimes I don’t even heat up the noodles. I will just mix them with the sauce.

This is a recipe I created when doing a whole30 recipes takeover on instagram. It has been well loved on there and I’m finally getting it added on here so you can Pin it or bookmark it for later. It just makes things so much simpler to not have to scroll 150 times on Instagram to find it, and saves you from carpel tunnel, ha ha! I love the mini chicken bacon meat balls mixed in, they really give it an extra depth of flavor, along with the toasted pine nuts! It’s also a fun recipe to make for St. Patrick’s day as it’s very green and festive! Let me know if you try it! You can send me an email or shoot me a DM on Instagram, I always love hearing from you guys!

20 thoughts on “Pesto Zoodles with Mini Chicken Bacon Meatballs”

  1. Yummy and very healthy! Can’t wait to try! Thx!

  2. Those meatballs look fantastic! I would have never thought to combine chicken and bacon but holy smokes what a great idea! My kids would be all over this!

  3. LOVE the look of this! I’ll pin it to make soon. And the crunch of the pine nuts – sounds lovely!

  4. Love me a good pesto!! I never would’ve thrown chicken and bacon together in meatballs though… sounds so yummy!

  5. Oh my goodness, bacon in meatballs sounds amazing, plus you can’t beat pesto zoodles!

  6. Bacon chicken meatballs?!!! YUM! I love everything about this meal, the meatballs sound amazing, my husband and I are crazy about pesto and so perfect with all of those beautiful zoodles.

  7. We just bought a basil starter plant for our garden that is sitting under lights in our basement and the poor thing is being ravaged because I’m so excited to make basil dishes again! And this one is definitely going on my list. Love the combo of chicken and bacon in the meatballs too- yum!

  8. They look so scrumptious Kendra ! What a lovely flavor combo and meatballs are always my favorite ! Thanks for the lovely recipe !

    1. Thanks so much ChihYu! xoxo

  9. Homemade pesto has got to be one of the world’s amazing flavors – storebought jarred stuff doesn’t even come close. Love those meatballs too – so much flavor on that plate!

  10. Pretty much my dream meal. Yup. I could eat this everyday!

    1. Aw, thanks sweet lady!

  11. This looks so delicious! I love the idea of adding bacon right in the meatball-yum!

    1. It’s so good this way, thank you Jessica!

  12. This sounds amazing! I love the sound of chicken bacon meatballs with pesto sauce. Can’t wait to make this.

    1. Thank you Stacey! Its a great combo for sure!

  13. YUM! give me pesto anything and I’m happy!

    1. I’m the same way ;) Thanks!

  14. Ok, I was reading your recipe and thinking – what? chicken meatballs? I need to do this. It would be the perfect way to get my family to eat more chicken thighs.

  15. Pesto on anything is soooo good! I think I may have a problem :)

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