Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles

You know….I love carbs.  I L-O-V-E them.  Bread! Pasta! YUM! But I honestly don’t love them as much as I love zucchini.  Oh, zucchini!  Such a diverse veggie whether I fry it, put it in some muffins or making zoodles like these there are so many ways to make it delicious.  How about adding one of my families favorites to it? Yes! So now we have a new recipe to add to our dinner routine, Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles.

Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

It’s funny to think that this was one of my very first recipes that I put on my blog.  Looking back almost 8 months in I have realized how far I’ve come with my photos so I’m going through and giving them a fresher look.  And this one needed it….badly!  While the pictures were bad I will give myself a little credit in the fact that I had basically 0.2% experience in photography.  Knew nothing about food styling (still working on that).  Didn’t have a clue about blogging.  I just knew that I wanted to share my food, family and what I enjoy.  So I jumped in and here I am.  Learning more every day about photography, writing and sharing.  Really hoping that it will continue to grow from here.  Ok, enough about me-on to the recipe that got this all started only with better pictures.

Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles | Bottom Left of the Mitten

First, let’s start off with the meatballs. You can use any beef flavor rice you like or even shake it up with different flavors but I always stick to the beef flavored as I find it give the best taste.   Cook the rice according to package directions then……and this is *Important*…let it cool! Not only could you burn your hands when mixing the meatballs together it could end up cooking the eggs. Once it’s cooled add it to your turkey, and egg.  Toast the bread and crush up into the meat mixture. Form into meatballs and put onto greased baking sheet.

At this time preheat the oven to 350 degree.   Prepare your ‘zoodles’ using a spirilizer.  Chop onions, garlic, green peppers.  Add all of it into a bowl then top with olive oil.  Put onto another baking sheet then put both the meatballs and the zoodles now go into the oven for 35 minutes.

Porcupine Meatball with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

In the last 5 minutes of the meatballs and zoodles cooking heat up the spaghetti sauce.  Assemble this beautiful ‘paasta’ take all the vegetables and zoodles, top with meatballs then finally pour sauce over the top of your meatballs.  Sprinkle with Parmesan and here you are….

Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles
Tender turkey mixed with beefy rice to make the perfect meatball. Place atop zucchini noddles and chunky vegetables. Cover with spaghetti sauce & top with Parmesan for a different kind of 'spaghetti & meatballs'.
Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
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Ingredients
Porcupine Meatballs
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Porcupine Meatballs
Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Porcupine Meatballs
  1. Cook the rice according to package directions then…...and this is *Important*…let it cool!
  2. Once it’s cooled add it to your turkey, and egg. Toast the bread and crush up into the meat mixture. Form into meatballs and put onto greased baking sheet.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degree.
Zoodles
  1. Prepare zucchini 'zoodles' using a spirilizer. Chop onions, garlic, green peppers. Add all of it into a bowl then top with olive oil. Put onto another baking sheet.
  2. Both the meatballs and the zoodles now go into the oven for 35 minutes.
  3. In the last 5 minutes of the meatballs and zoodles cooking heat up the spaghetti sauce to pour over the top of your meatballs and zoodles.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Enjoy!
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Bacon Shells & Cheese

Ah…finally Friday!  After last weeks long weekend and the kids finally going back to school, I am ready for this Mitten Movie Night.  If your like me then put your feet up and dig into this delicious and creamy Bacon Shells & Cheese.

Bacon Shells & Cheese from Bottom Left of the Mitten

This week I made a pasta that comes together quickly.  As always, enjoying with some amazing craft beer,  Lagunitas Lucky 13, which is one of my husband’s favorites.  Still not 100% percent set on what we’re watching but it may be Bad Grandpa.  It came in our Netflix disc queue but I don’t know if I’m sold on it.  What are your thoughts?

When I pulled out the bowl that I usually place my pasta in I realized that it has held up very well.  It was a gift from my cousin for my wedding.  That means this month it is 13 years old!  It’s so beautiful and gives any pasta I put into it a beautiful presentation. So enough reminiscing let’s get into it.

Bacon Shells & Cheese | Bottom Left of the Mitten

When I say that this pasta comes together quickly, I’m not exaggerating.  Start your pasta to boil and your diced bacon to cook according to package directions, they take approximately the same amount of time. While they are both cooking chop your vegetables.

Bacon Shells & Cheese from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Once your pasta has cooked drain and set aside.  Once bacon has cooked remove from the pan and reserve 1 tsp. of the bacon grease.  Not too much but enough to keep the flavor.  In the same pan melt 1 Tbs. butter in the bottom then add onions and zucchini.  Soften for around 3 minutes.  Add tomatoes.  Sautee quickly.  Over the top of the vegetables sprinkle the flour and stir.  Pour in milk.  Bring to a simmer and add Parmesan cheese, Italian cheese, garlic powder and pepper.  Let thicken, which should take about 2-3 minutes.  Put your pasta and bacon back into the pan.  Transfer to beautiful serving bowl, garnish with more cheese & basil.  And here you are…..

Bacon Shells & Cheese from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Bacon Shells & Cheese from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Bacon Shells & Cheese
A delicious meal loaded with bacon, vegetables and shell pasta. Italian & Parmesan cheese add a creamy finish. Perfect quick meal for a cozy night in.
Bacon Shells & Cheese from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Bacon Shells & Cheese from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Start your pasta to boil and your diced bacon to cook according to package directions, they take approximately the same amount of time.
  2. Dice vegetables.
  3. Once your pasta has cooked drain and set aside. When bacon is cooked remove from the pan and reserve 1 tsp. of the bacon grease in the pan.
  4. In the same pan melt 1 Tbs. butter in the bottom then add onions and zucchini. Soften for around 3 minutes. Add tomatoes. Sautee quickly.
  5. Over the top of the vegetables sprinkle the flour and stir. Pour in milk. Bring to a simmer and Parmesan cheese, Italian cheese, garlic powder and pepper. Let thicken, which should take about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Put your pasta and bacon back into the pan.
  7. Garnish with more cheese & basil.
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