Vegetable Zucchini Balls

These Vegetable Zucchini Balls are delicious and healthy, a good way to have children eat vegetables. They are also great as appetizers or served for lunch or dinner alongside your favorite side dish.

These veggie balls go very well over rice, pasta dishes or mashed potatoes, or even in breakfast sandwiches too.

The recipe is easy and you can adapt it to your tastes, you can try other variations too for instance you can add some mashed chickpeas in combination with zucchinis to add some protein too. I am sure you will definitely enjoy these veggie balls.

These vegetable zucchini balls are great for parties too, I like to use these on skewers with some cheese and cherry tomatoes as they look wonderful.

Vegetable Balls closeup

How to prepare vegetable zucchini balls

First, preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F) to make it nice and hot.

Now, it’s time to prepare some delicious vegetable zucchini balls. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, adding seasonings to make it taste just right. Shape the mixture into small balls and place them on a baking tray that you’ve greased a little.

Let the balls bake for about 30 minutes. For an extra touch, switch on the grill function for the last few minutes to give them a lovely golden-brown color on the outside.

While those veggie balls are baking, let’s make a delicious tomato sauce. Heat up some oil in a saucepan over high heat. Toss in some onion and garlic, cooking them until they turn a nice golden color, which takes about 5 minutes. Mix in red pepper and paprika for added flavor. Add tomatoes, chili pepper, bay leaves, basil leaves, and vegetable stock into the mix. Cover it up and let everything simmer, giving it a good stir every now and then. Wait until the vegetables become nice and tender, and the liquid starts to disappear. If it needs a bit more taste, add some salt, sugar, or pepper.

When everything is ready, it’s time to enjoy your creation. Serve those yummy veggie balls as appetizers or as a part of the main course.

If you try them out, I out love to see how they turned out for you. Make sure to share the photos with me on Instagram. Enjoy!

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5 from 1 vote
Delicious, healthy vegetable balls. A good way to have children eat vegetables. Great as appetizer or used on a main dish plate with rice, pasta or potatoes.
Servings 25 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 2 potatoes , peeled and grated
  • 1/2 zucchini , grated
  • 1 carrot , grated
  • 2 or 3 garlic cloves , crushed
  • 1 egg , beaten
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped dil
  • 30 g cheese , grated
  • 3 tbsp breadcrumbs

Red Sauce

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions , chopped
  • 1 garlic clove , chopped
  • 2 red bell pepper , sliced
  • 2 big tomatoes , puree
  • 1 small red chili pepper ,, optional
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 500 ml vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 200C (400F). 

Prepare the vegetable zucchini balls.

  • Combine all the ingredients together, season to taste then form into small sized balls and place them on a greased baking tray. Bake for 30 minutes and use grill function for the last few  minutes until they are a little golden brown on the outside.

Prepare the tomato sauce.

  • Heat the oil in a sauce pan over high heat. Cook onion and garlic, for about 5 minutes until golden. Stir in red pepper and paprika. Add tomatoes, chili pepper, bay leaves, basil leaves and vegetable stock. Cover and let it simmer,stirring now and then until all vegetables are tender and liquid has evaporated. Add salt, sugar and pepper if needed.
  • Serve them as appetizers or as part of the main dish. 


Serving: 1 zucchini ballCalories: 23kcalCarbohydrates: 3.5gProtein: 1gFat: 0.7gCholesterol: 9mg
Calories: 23kcal
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegetable balls, zucchini

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  1. Cindy Waffles Author says:

    Oo those vegetable balls look so cute and delightful.

  2. Island Vittles Author says:

    These look delicious, and easy to put together too! Thanks for sharing your recipe. Theresa

  3. RavieNomNoms Author says:

    Oh I just love these! Perfect for a dinner party appetizer!

  4. Renae Author says:

    Yummy! Those look like a perfect appetizer. can’t wait to play with your recipe!

  5. TFH Author says:

    Oh, this is a SUPERB use for all the pulp I generate from juicing carrots, tomatoes, onions, and celery. The onion and tomato pulp can go into the sauce, while the zuch, carrot, and celery pulp goes into the balls. The pulp is already dry from the juicing, ensuring crispy veg. balls and thick sauce.

    In fact, this goes hand in hand with owning a juicer and drinking a couple of glasses of veg juice a day. Highly complementary!


    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Yes.. very good idea:) I love it too.

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