Raw Vegan Zucchini Spaghetti and Meat Balls

January 23, 2012

This raw vegan zucchini spaghetti and meat balls is one of my go-to dinners because it’s low in carbs, loaded with nutrients, and really delicious.

The no-meat balls are optional. If you want to make this an even quicker meal, you could skip making the meat balls. You can spiralize the zucchini spaghetti and blend up the pasta sauce in less than 20 minutes.

The sauce is very rich when you taste it straight out of the blender. But, it mellows out when you stir it through the zucchini spaghetti. You’re also best to add salt to taste once you’ve assembled the entire dish.

If you don’t have a vegetable spiralizer to make spaghetti-style noodles, use a vegetable peeler to shave off thick fettuccine-style noodles. Either way, the pasta tastes delicious and looks gorgeous. Kelp noodles are also a great raw option.

Using raw vegetables in place of conventional cooked pasta opens up so many possibilities for including more vegetables into your diet. Spiralize squash, beets, or carrots for noodles, or use a mandoline to shave red or golden beets or jicama for ravioli-style pasta.

Get creative and make this dish your own.


Raw Vegan Zucchini Spaghetti and Meatballs

This raw vegan zucchini spaghetti and meatballs is absolutely delicious.

Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author Tess Masters


no-meat balls:

  • 1 cup  raw walnuts,  soaked 
  • 1 date, soaked for 15 minutes
  • 1/4 cup finely diced celery 
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon  minced garlic (1 clove)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon  Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste

marinara sauce:

  • 2 cups roughly chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes 
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon  minced fresh garlic (1 clove)
  • 1 date, soaked in filtered water for 15 minutes 
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/8  teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes, plus more to taste 

zucchini noodles:

  • 4 medium zucchinis


  1. To make the no-meat balls​, place all of the ingredients into a food processor fitted with the s blade, and process until well combined. Season to taste. Using a tablespoon measurer, scoop into balls. (The mixture should make about 20 small balls.) Transfer the balls to mesh dehydrator sheets, and heat at 115°F for 6 to 8 hours. 
  2. To make the marinara pasta sauce, place all of the ingredients in your blender and blast on high until well combined. (This sauce will thicken while sitting so blend right before serving.)
  3. To make the zucchini noodles, use a vegetable spiralizer to make spaghetti-style noodles, or use a vegetable peeler to shave off thick fettuccine-style noodles.​
  4. To serve, stir the marinara sauce through the zucchini noodles, and top with the meat balls, Garnish with basil. 

Recipe Notes

Photo by Trent Lanz and styling by Alicia Buszczak


Comments 9

  1. This is an amazing raw version of the classic Marinara pasta that we all love!!!! Unlike other similar ‘pasta’ dishes, this recipe isn’t too sauce-heavy or overbearing! It’s so hard to find a great raw substitute for delicious, authentic comfort foods… This one steps right up to the game!!!! It’s awesome!!

    1. Thanks for trying this.
      I wasn’t sure how people were going to respond to the texture of this recipe.
      I really appreciate the feedback.

  2. This is amazingly tasty! My son-in-law said “I will NEVER go vegan.” And then he promptly ate every last “no-meat ball” on the plate!

    1. LOL! I LOVE that story!
      Thankyou so much for sharing that.
      I was a bit worried about the texture of the “no meat” balls.
      This feedback is very helpful.
      Christine – you ROCK!
      Can’t wait to feature you as POTM in March!

  3. Thanks for sharing your experience Adrienne. Yes, I totally agree with you, the meatballs are better dehydrated. I just wanted this dish to be a quick easy option. But, I am going to edit the instructions to reflect this option after your comment. Thankyou 🙂

    1. FANtastic. Thanks for all of this feedback. It is SO helpful for other readers looking at and trying the recipes. You ROCK!

  4. I can’t wait to try this recipe! To dehydrate the meatballs, do you mean to use an actual dehydrator appliance? And if so, what would be the setting/time? MANY THANKS for your recipes. My father is battling prostrate cancer and tasty vegan recipes are supporting his healing.

    1. Hey Laurie,
      I am so sorry to hear of your father’s battle with cancer. My partner, Scott has thyroid cancer, and vegan alkaline recipes are aiding his healing and recovery too. I am happy to support you in any way I can with recipes and ideas, and to share our experience with The pH Miracle protocol that has restored his health. With regards to the meatballs. Place them in the dehydrator for about 12 hours on 115 degrees. Enjoy 🙂

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