Want a quick and easy healthy dinner recipe? This cheesy meatball zucchini skillet is a one pot wonder and the whole family, yes even your picky eaters will be happy.

a photo of a large skillet full of a mixture of meatballs and zoodles in marinara sauce and topped with melted cheese and chopped fresh basil

We actually love sticking zucchini into savory dinner meals to get extra veggies into our meal. Have you tried our Mexican zucchini boats or our creamy zucchini sausage casserole? Zucchini is so versatile and can be paired with so many different flavor profiles. I just love it!

Anyway, THIS SKILLET. It’s so good you guys! Gather up all your zucchini cause you’re gonna put this one on repeat ’til there ain’t no zucchini left! I’m sure everyone’s made zoodles by now, but I’ve got a tip to making them turn out just right–not mushy, but not too crunchy either. Keep reading for all the tips for the best zoodles!

a photo taken over the top of a skillet full of meatballs sitting in a marinara sauce mixed with zoodles topped with melted cheese and chopped basil.

Ingredients for Meatballs and Zucchini Skillet

You only need a few ingredients to get this tasty zucchini dish on the table! Here is your grocery list:

  • Zucchinis: Fresh from the garden if you have them!
  • Meatballs: We love the pre-cooked frozen turkey meatballs from Trader Joe’s, but you can get any meatballs you love.
  • Marinara Sauce: The absolute best store-bought sauce is Rao’s! It’s so good!
  • Mozzarella + Mild Cheddar Cheese: shredded and mixed together
  • Garlic Salt: adds flavor
  • Salt and Pepper: adds flavor
  • Basil: Fresh is preferred!

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.

a close up photo of meatball sitting in marinara sauce in a skillet and pile of zoodles sitting on top

Tips for Making the Best Zoodles

Once you spiralize the zucchini you have to place them in a strainer or colander and sprinkle them with salt! This helps absorb the liquids. Let them sit for 10-15 minutes and then use a clean cloth to wrap the zoodles up and squeeze the water out. Squeeze squeeze squeeze until the water stops dripping.

Want a quick and easy healthy dinner recipe? This cheesy meatball zucchini skillet is a one pot wonder and the whole family, yes even your picky eaters will be happy. zoodles, low carb

How to Make This Skillet Recipe

You’ll love this dish because you cook everything in one skillet! It’s ridiculously easy. I even use pre-cooked frozen turkey meatballs from Trader Joe’s and use my favorite jar of marinara sauce (hello, Rao’s!). If you’ve got time to make the meatballs and sauce from scratch, by all means, do it! And then tell me all about your time management skillzzzz, mmmkay?! But if you’re like me and just need dinner on the table quickly, then here are the steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spiralize the zucchini and then sprinkle the zoodles with salt and let them sit for 10-15 minutes to bring all the water out. While the zoodle sit, start to cook the meatballs.
  3. Cook the meatballs in a skillet according to the package directions.
  4. When the meatballs are mostly cooked through, add the marinara sauce and let the meatballs simmer in the sauce.
  5. Place the zoodles in a dish towel and squeeze as much of the water out of the zoodles as you can.
  6. Add the zoodles to the skillet and stir everything together.
  7. Sprinkle the top with the cheese mixture and place the cast-iron skillet in the oven and bake for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Change the oven to broil and broil for another couple of minutes until the cheese is bubbly and golden. Sprinkle with fresh basil and serve!

All of these instructions can also be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

Want a quick and easy healthy dinner recipe? This cheesy meatball zucchini skillet is a one pot wonder and the whole family, yes even your picky eaters will be happy. zoodles, low carb

Is Zucchini Healthy for You?

You’ll surely be impressed with the nutritional bounty that zucchini offers.

It’s low-calorie (with only 17 calories per 100 grams) and high in fiber, and has no cholesterol or unhealthy fats.

In fact, a zucchini has more potassium than a banana.

Substitutions and Variations

Meatballs

Want a quick and easy healthy dinner recipe? This cheesy meatball zucchini skillet is a one pot wonder and the whole family, yes even your picky eaters will be happy. zoodles, low carb

What to Eat with Zucchini and Meatballs

Storing and Reheating

Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container. They will keep for up to 4-5 days. You can reheat them in the microwave or on the stove top.

Want a quick and easy healthy dinner recipe? This cheesy meatball zucchini skillet is a one pot wonder and the whole family, yes even your picky eaters will be happy. zoodles, low carb

Now get zoodlin’….

zucchini spaghetti, zoodles and meatballs

More Easy One Pot Meals:

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Cheesy Meatball Zucchini Skillet

4.84 from 6 votes
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Description

Want a quick and easy healthy dinner recipe? This cheesy meatball zucchini skillet is a one pot wonder and the whole family, yes even your picky eaters will be happy.

Ingredients 

  • 5 Zucchinis
  • 1 Pound Pre-Cooked Frozen Turkey Meatballs, like from Trader Joe’s
  • 24 Ounces Marinara Sauce of Choice
  • 1/2 Cup Mixed Blend of Shredded Mozzarella + Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Basil, chopped, for garnish

Instructions

  • Spiralize the zucchini (using a spiralizer), place it in a strainer and sprinkle with salt. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
    5 Zucchinis
  • Using a clean kitchen cloth, wrap it around the zoodles and wring out all of the excess liquid. Set aside.
  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add the meatballs and marinara, with garlic salt. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until meatballs are heated through.
    1 Pound Pre-Cooked Frozen Turkey Meatballs, 24 Ounces Marinara Sauce of Choice, 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • Gently stir the zoodles into the skillet. Cook for additional 3-5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle cheese over the top. Bake at 400 for 5-10 minutes. Then turn oven to broil and broil on high until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Dish up!
    1/2 Cup Mixed Blend of Shredded Mozzarella + Mild Cheddar Cheese, Salt and Pepper, Basil

Notes

Store leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 383kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 30gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 1749mgPotassium: 1156mgFiber: 5gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 1368IUVitamin C: 56mgCalcium: 244mgIron: 5mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 100 Family Favorite Easy Healthy Recipes

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