Garlic Spinach Balls

I wonder if Italy’s flag was a product of the colors in its cuisine, or its cuisine was a product of the colors in its flag? Hmm.
But since we’re asking the real questions here already…
Scusi, per favore. Where’s my personal Olive Garden Waiter with the never-ending cheese grating?!

A dish fit for Popeye the Sailor, or your hearty food loving self. Here’s my super easy, vegetarian take on the classic “Spaghetti with Meatballs” chock-full of nutrition, garlic, creamy goodness, and CHEEEESEE. As they say, ain’t nothing better than comfort food – and I promise you, this fits all those needs. I suggest a pajama party with some good red wine as the best pairing for this dish. Ya feel? 😉

Gracie, Italia. You have some of the best history, landscapes, cultures, and foods. And here’s my ode to you.

PREP: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 35 minutes
YIELD: 5-8 servings


  • 1.5 cups Chopped Spinach, washed/dried per instructions [frozen is fine]
  • 1/3 cup White Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup Whole Milk Ricotta [feel free to substitute with fat-free kind]
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Italian Blend Cheese [whatever 4/5/6 cheese mix you prefer]
  • 1/3 cup Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Red Pepper Flakes, to taste
  • 2 teaspoon Salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Crushed Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Thai Hot Green Pepper, finely chopped – totally optional of course!


  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Place all items in large round bowl, and mix/mesh ingredients thoroughly. I use my hands, but large spoon/fork works too.
  • Place foil on baking sheet (for easy clean-up), and spray with cooking spray or drizzle olive oil so your mixture doesn’t stick.
  • Shape your mixture into mini golf-size balls, and place on baking sheet at least 2 cm apart.
  • Bake at 350° F for 20 minutes, or until slightly browned. Do not flip or rotate at any point.
  • Sprinkle Shredded Italian Blend Cheese on top as garnish.
  • Buon appetito! 🙂

I recommend serving with spaghetti, or as a snack/appetizer with marinara sauce on the side.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Looks so good!!!!
    And I love spinach!!!

    Please visit and follow my blog ( or my Instagram (lazymom_cooking) for some recipe ideas


  2. fravitch says:

    Gorgeous picture!! Great match the pasta 🙂 I’ve never thought about spinach balls so thank you for sharing!!
    Aki (Your Home for Homemade Japanese Food)


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