Zoodles and Chicken Meatballs in Béchamel Sauce

Anyone who knows me knows I love modifying my old favorites so that they not only taste good, but also make me FEEL good. Because #foodisfuel, but I also really enjoy eating. I learned how to make traditional béchamel sauce years ago, and I have been using it in all kinds of recipes ever since! It is incredibly easy to make and so versatile, but my favorite use is also probably the simplest: as a pasta sauce. Béchamel sauce + spaghetti + meatballs = major comfort food.

Since my body performs better on a low carb diet, I have modified this classic dish to fit my dietary needs! I also put my own twist on the traditional béchamel sauce by adding some Parmesan cheese. This is a great rainy day or weeknight meal. Or anytime meal. I hope you enjoy my take on this class comfort food! (Pro tip: this meatball recipe also makes AMAZING chicken burgers!)

Servings: This makes about two servings, but it is super easy to double or triple the recipe!

Instructions

Chicken meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Throw all ingredients into a large bowl and mix with hands. After all the ingredients are combined, shape into meatballs.
  3. Place meatballs on a baking sheet covered in foil. Spray foil lightly with olive oil.
  4. Bake meatballs in the oven for about 25 minutes.

Cheesy béchamel sauce

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan.
  2. Add in the flour while stirring continuously with a wooden spoon. Stir until it forms a paste, but don’t let it brown.
  3. Pour in the heavy cream and continue stirring.
  4. Stir in the Parmesan cheese as the mixture boils. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Remove from heat and stir for a couple minutes.

Zoodles

  1. Keep oven at 350 and lightly toss the zoodles in olive oil.
  2. Spread evenly on a foil covered baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake for about 6 minutes.

Divide the zoodles onto plates and add the sauce and meatballs. I topped mine with some more shaved Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes. Enjoy!!!


Recipe Credit

Abby Zimmerman is a dog mom, a food connoisseur, and an exercise enthusiast. She loves creating healthier versions of her favorite foods and playing around with new flavors in the kitchen. On the weekend, you can find her with a glass of wine while trying a new restaurant or at the farmer’s market with her family.

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