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ITALIAN Spice Blend ITALIAN Spice Blend

ITALIAN Spice Blend

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 6 servings
This twist on a traditional meat sauce is a quick and easy way to pack in the dark leafy greens! Prep a double batch to reheat for easy meals all week. Try it over cauliflower rice, roasted broccoli, or any other veggies you like.

This recipe also contains one of our Balanced Bites Spice Blends - ITALIAN Spice Blend - which you can shop here!


  • 2 pounds ground beef, pork, or turkey, or a combination 
  • 1 tablespoon ITALIAN Spice Blend 
  • 1 bunch Italian kale, removed from stem and finely chopped 
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar pasta sauce 
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper 
  • 4 large zucchini 
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish (optional) 
  • Grated hard cheese, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino Romano, for garnish (optional)


Place the ground meat in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the spice blend, stir to combine, and cook until the meat is browned through, 5 to 8 minutes. 

Add the kale and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium, add the pasta sauce, and simmer until the sauce is heated through, 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste, then remove the pan from the heat. 

While the sauce is cooking, make the zucchini into noodles using a spiral slicer, a handheld julienne peeler, or even a regular vegetable peeler (if using a regular peeler, the noodles will be wide and flat instead of spaghetti-shaped). You should get about 4 cups of noodles. 

Fill a large pot with 1 inch of water and place a steamer basket in the pot. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the noodles to the basket and steam for 3 minutes. Transfer the noodles to a colander to drain and allow to cool slightly. 

Place the noodles in a large bowl and top with the meat-and-greens sauce. Garnish with the basil and grated cheese, if desired. 



Omit the cheese.