This recipe for Black Bean and Mushroom Meatballs is a hearty dish that gets served onto a bed of perfectly cooked zucchini noodles. This dish feels like decadent pasta night but is secretly healthy, gluten free, and vegan!
We are serving up one health pasta situation today. Twirly noodles, hearty meatballs, sweet red sauce… all 100% healthy and nutritious.
It all starts with the meatballs. Except for one teeny, tiny thing… these meatballs are more like meatless balls. They are made with vegetables! Think of these tasty spheres as yet another way to sneak health inducing veggies into our (and our kids!) diets.
These bites are uncanny when topped in red sauce and served over noodles. They look like regular meatballs, they taste amazing thanks to herbs and spices, and they are tender and juicy enough to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
But what is a meatball, or meatless ball, without something to serve it on. For this recipe, we pack in even more veggies and opt for celeriac noodles. These sweet spirals are another nutrition swap, but if you are feeling like pasta night isn’t complete without, well, pasta, you can always swap the cleric noodles out for the real thing. Or if celeriac, also called celery root, can’t be found at your local grocery store, you can swap the celeriac noodles out for some zucchini noodles.
Then the whole thing gets smothered in a rich tomato sauce. If you are doing the math here, we have vegetables, on vegetables, on vegetables. Think of all that nutrition, and think of all that flavor. Each layer is expertly seasoned to make sure you feel all the comfort of eating a big bowl of pasta, but gain extra nutrition along the way. Could pasta night get any better?
Black beans and mushrooms serve as the base of our meatballs, and they each bring flavor, texture, and loads of health benefits.