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Zoodles, Meatballs and More... 
Oct. 9, 2013 8:58 pm 
Updated: Oct. 15, 2013 6:33 pm

...no, zoodles isn't a typo, they are zucchini spaghetti or zucchini noodles, more commonly know as zoodles. So are you ready for zoodles of fun? To make these I used a Spirooli. I'm sure you can make them with a julienne peeler or a mandolin with a julienne blade but I like to make quick work of them with  my Spirooli.  


I saute the zoodles in fresh garlic olive oil for about 3-5 minutes just prior to topping with meatballs and marinara sauce.

OK, now on to the star of this meal, meatballs. Meatballs are so easy to make and taste great. For my zoodles I used the simple and flavorful recipe of Johnsonville's Italian Meatballs. 

Johnsonville Italian Meatballs

For the sauce I use  the "Best Marinara Sauce Yet" right here on Allrecipes. The meatballs were combined with the marinara sauce and zoodles and all I can say is that it doesn't get much better than this.

Johnsonville Italian Meatballs with Best Marinara Sauce Yet

Grab some garlic bread and enjoy!

Since I was completely happy with that great recipe using Johnsonville's Italian Sausage I decided to make a couple more recipes using their Italian Sausage. So here's what I made next.

Johnsonville Italian Sausage Sliders

Choose condiments of you choice but I must say these sliders are so good that just the sausage and slider bun alone are awesome.

The next recipe is one that I've had my eye on for awhile and it's 

Johnsonville's Hearty Minestrone. I like minestrone and I'm hoping this one works out so I can use the recipe for the cooler winter months.

Hearty Minestrone

After tasting this I can now say that I wasn't disappointed. The only thing I would change would be to add two more cups of broth.

OK, here's the last one and it's worth checking it out. When I first tried this method of Johnsonville's One Pan Italian my first thought was oh no, this is going to be soup but to my delight it turned out perfect and I have not cooked spaghetti any other way since.

Johnsonville One Pan Italian


I am an Allrecipe Allstar Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I'm not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertisers are only used for experienced-based reviews on Popa's Kitchen. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of bd.weld. This blog was written in support of Johnsonville.

Oct. 9, 2013 9:21 pm
still emeralds! I think you will like the zoodles. Zukes are year round here. Here's a recipe with lutzflcat's photo. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sausage-Diavolo-Pizza/Detail.aspx She takes awesome recipics.
Oct. 9, 2013 10:19 pm
Nice! I loved the zoodle idea, we eat a lot of spaghetti squash and I do a few things with zucchini ribbons, zoodle a will fit right in. Your photos are beautiful, you could go pro. Isn't that one pan Italian amazing? I was so sure it wouldn't work.
Oct. 10, 2013 12:06 am
bd.weld, this is wonderful, thank you for the great ideas.
Oct. 10, 2013 2:24 am
Love the idea of "zoodles", B.D.! Your beautiful pix show you are a man of many talents. Thanks for sharing.
Oct. 10, 2013 2:44 am
Great blog and my new mission is to find Spirooli! I must have one of those!
Oct. 10, 2013 5:48 am
BigShotsMom - Thank you. Yes that One Pan is amazing. I thought for sure it was going to turn out like soup and to my amazment it turned out perfect.
Oct. 10, 2013 5:50 am
manella - Thanks for looking in. Zoodles are fun.
Oct. 10, 2013 5:54 am
Bibi - Thank you. The wife and I love zoodles. As a matter of fact she bought me the Spirooli. Zoodles are a mainstay here. I just happened to get lucky with a couple of recipics.
Oct. 10, 2013 5:56 am
happyschmoopies - Thank you. Look for a Spirooli at BB&B. They have them there and reasonably priced. Fun to use and rather easy to clean.
Oct. 10, 2013 6:21 am
Don't you just luv Johnsonville sausage? Your photos make me want to make more Jville recipes this month. I'm a kitchen gadget fanatic, and the Spirooli looks like something that I have to have. I put a similar product in my Wish List on Amazon. How do the zoodles measure up to spaghetti taste-wise? We love pasta, but the zoodles certainly would be an incredible low-carb option.
Oct. 10, 2013 6:44 am
lutzflcat - Thank you. Yes isn't Johnsonville sausage great. I've been using the All Natural ground sausage. You may be looking at the Paderno on Amazon. It is the exact same thing as the Spirooli (wonder why it's marketed under different names?). I think the zoodles measure up well against spaghetti. I could just eat a bowl full of zoodles and marinara. My next attempt at meatballs I'm going to try a 50-50. 50% zoodles and 50% spaghetti. Thank you for the complements on the photos, I'm a huge fan of yours.
Oct. 10, 2013 6:50 am
Hi bd.weld. Brian, you got my attention with the Spriooli gadget. I could think of so many ways to use zoodles in different recipes. I enjoyed reading your blog. Your photos are just gorgeous. Your photos belong in a magazine. Do zoodles taste like spaghetti squash?
Oct. 10, 2013 6:57 am
Lela - Thank you so much for the complements. Without sounding like a jerk - No zoodles taste like zucchini. lol
Oct. 10, 2013 7:33 am
Love the zoodles! Great write up bd. Johnsonville certainly is a great sponsor for work with. I've really enjoyed their recipes. Your photos are awesome! I'm Jville is going to love them!
Oct. 10, 2013 7:45 am
Mouth watering blog! Gotta get me a spirooli!!!
Oct. 10, 2013 7:51 am
KIMSCOOKINGNOW - Thank you. Yes, Johnsonville is absolutely amazing and some of the best recipes from a sponsor.
Oct. 10, 2013 7:53 am
Terry Tripp - Thank you. Spirooli's are fun. Granddaughter loves making zoodles. She couln't wait to go to school and tell everyone she made zoodles.
Oct. 10, 2013 8:02 am
Mrs. J. - Thank you. Check out BB&B they carry it. You'll love making oodles of zoodles.
Oct. 10, 2013 8:09 am
I love Italian sausage and have even made my own (loose,not in links!)Did you invent the Spirooli? Too bad if not, cuz I bet there's gonna be a big jump in sales! I know I can't wait to get one - and I'm sure gderr will be right behind me!
Oct. 10, 2013 8:21 am
scootersandi - Thank you for looking in. No I didn't invent it, I only wish. Lol about gderr. I'm sure he may want one, after all cilantro won't work in it.
Oct. 10, 2013 8:27 am
Our local thai restaurant does Zoodles with their Spicy Thai Kitchen Salmon. They are almost better than the salmon that sits on them.
Oct. 10, 2013 9:00 am
Doug Matthews - Thank you for looking in. I'm really impressed with the zoodles and make them regularly.
Oct. 10, 2013 10:20 am
Love the Spirooli !!! I make a spicey cucumber with peanut sauce that could really use the help of the Spirooli. Gosh darn it, another kitchen toy to add to the wish list. Your photography just keeps getting better and better. Very impressive.
Oct. 10, 2013 10:53 am
Baking Nana - Thank you so much for the complements. Go to BB&B. It's a fun little tool. Make carrot, should I say, coodles or even curly fries with the bigger blade. You won't be sorry you purchased one. It has the zoodle size blade and a larger one for curly fries and on that slices into twists or rings.
Oct. 10, 2013 1:07 pm
Mrs. J. - C'mon fess up. Did you buy one?
Oct. 10, 2013 2:27 pm
All I can say is YUM!!!!!
Oct. 10, 2013 3:18 pm
mauigirl - Thank you. Do you have your SPF on?
Oct. 10, 2013 4:56 pm
Welcome home brother! Great job, your food looks fantastic....now I got to get me one of those Spirooli things...man you rock!
Oct. 10, 2013 5:11 pm
hi bd. i have to admit i am a fan of johnsonville...their quality and taste are excellent. ( hint to johnsonville...stay out of the bison meat trade..go with emu.) very nice pictures bd! OK, now drum up them hated dodgers and beat the much more hated infield-fly-rule cardinals!
Oct. 10, 2013 5:13 pm
btw, i want one of those fancy zuke killers!
Oct. 10, 2013 6:05 pm
I might have to re-evaluate my zucchini comfort level. That totally rocks.
Oct. 10, 2013 6:06 pm
Cliff G - Welcome home brother! Thank you. Spiroolis are fun. Keep me posted on the other deal.
Oct. 10, 2013 6:08 pm
gderr the dysfunctional - Thank you. Yes, Go Dodgers! I use Johnsonville all natural mild italian sausage for all of these recipes. Get one of those Spiroolis. The good thing for you about them cilantro doesn't work with them.
Oct. 10, 2013 6:11 pm
duboo - Thank you. The good thing about the Spirooli is that it's not limited to zucchini. You can do multiple other veggies on it but the zoodles are good.
Oct. 10, 2013 7:25 pm
OK. You know me and veggies. What else is that Spirooli good for? I can't possibly do any squash! Your photos are beyond delicious looking. I can't wait to find the right sausage---maybe this weekend! I need to find Johnsonville ground sausage without MSG, and I'm sure I'll get it found soon! Wonderful blog, bd.weld!
Oct. 10, 2013 9:05 pm
Marianne - Thank you. Umm...potatoes? You can make curly fries with it. I got my Johnsonville all natural mild Italian sausage at Winco. That's what I used for all of the recipes.
Oct. 11, 2013 3:49 am
Great blog, Brian! Reading it was zoodles of fun! I heard another person talking about that spaghetti dish and being surprised too, so I have to make that one for sure!
Oct. 11, 2013 7:54 am
Hey, I love my spiral slicer too, especially for making 'zoodles'! (never thought to call them that, thanks for providing the too-cute name...maybe my kids will like them more when we call them zoodles, hehe) Your pictures are stunning and I think Johnsonville would be smart to hire you on as a food photographer ;)
Oct. 11, 2013 8:07 am
Love Zucchina, love Johnsonville Italian Sausage and love Marinara. So, guess I'll be making this recipe. Thanks for a great blog Brian. Superior photos too! Hugs friend!
Oct. 11, 2013 8:12 am
donnam - Thank you. The One Pan just blew me away the first time I tried it. I'm always looking for an easy way out and this was a duh, why didn't I think of that.
Oct. 11, 2013 8:14 am
CC?'s2bake - Thank you. You can make an old man blush. Truely its a hit or miss with me and food photos (recipics). The grands do love the zoodles.
Oct. 11, 2013 8:16 am
Candice - Sweet Candice Thank you. I must say that the zoodles, meatballs and marinara were a huge hit here. Hope to see you guys soon.
Oct. 11, 2013 1:18 pm
I've never heard of a Spirooli. Where have I been? I love kitchen gadgets and can't figure out why I haven't heard of this before! I'm going to have to clean out from under my cabinets once AGAIN so I can buy more stuff...a meat slicer included. You are not a good influence!
Oct. 11, 2013 5:13 pm
Paula - Thank you for stopping by. LOL Meat slicer and spirooli a must. You should see my garage. Cabinets galore with cooking toys.
Oct. 12, 2013 4:19 pm
I think you just might Brian.....
Oct. 12, 2013 11:04 pm
Candice - It's true. Just ask Debi.
Oct. 15, 2013 12:50 am
Brian: You make zoodles look awesome! That Spirooli is a very cool tool! The company that makes the Spirooli is going to have to put you on the payroll in the marketing department.
Oct. 15, 2013 6:33 pm
bikerfamily - Thank you. I can only wish but it would be nice if they gave me a couple to pass out.
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