Raw Vegan Angel Hair Zucchini Pasta with “Neat” Balls

by deborah on March 2, 2017 · 11 comments

in Nourish, Plant-based diet, Plant-based Recipes, Raw Food Diet, Recipes, Vegan

Raw Vegan Angel Hair Zucchini Pasta with "Neat" Balls

I live in a city blessed with lots of raw and vegan restaurants.

One of my favorite ways to treat myself to is feast on a plate of creamy goodness in the

form of Raw Vegan Angel Hair Zucchini Pasta with “Neat” Balls.

Lately, I have fallen in love with the taste and texture of zucchini noodles or zoodles.

As a pasta lover, zoodles deliver the pleasure of pasta without the fear of extra pounds.

Due to the fact that zucchini has a high water content, it is low in calories, carbs and sugars,

but high in essential nutrients like potassium, manganese, and antioxidants like vitamin C

and vitamin A.


The rich, creamy sauce in this dish is tomato-based.

Tomatoes are an excellent source vitamin C, biotin, molybdenum and vitamin K.

They also supply us with copper, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin A (in the form

of beta-carotene), vitamin B6, folate, niacin, vitamin E and phosphorus.

Specific antioxidant nutrients found in tomatoes have been associated with antioxidant protection.

Tomatoes have also been shown to provide significant cardiovascular support and anti-cancer benefits.

With regards to phytonutrients, tomatoes are a rich source–providing flavonones, flavonols, hydroxy-

cinnamic acids, carotenoids (including lycopene, lutein, xeaxanthin, beta-carotene), glycosides and

fatty acid derivatives.


After dining on delectable raw vegan zucchini pasta dishes in different establishments, I decided

to try to recreate my favorite comfort food at home.

How hard could it be?

Zoodles or thin spiralized zucchini noodles form the basis for this raw vegan pasta recipe.

The sauce is a creamy blend of tomatoes, cashews and spices.

Walnuts are transformed into meatless “neat”balls– although pecans can also be used.

Best of all, the end result is generally an exquisite bite of raw food heaven!

There are many variations on this theme, but here’s one way to make this vegan zucchini

pasta dish sing!

Raw Vegan Angel Hair Zucchini Pasta with “Neat” Balls

Raw Vegan Angel Hair Zucchini Pasta with "Neat" Balls

Zucchini Noodles “Zoodles”

Raw Vegan Angel Hair Zucchini Pasta with "Neat" Balls


1 or 2 large zucchinis


Use a spiral slicer to turn your zucchini into long strands of angel hair pasta.

If you don’t have a spiral slicer, use a julienne slicer or a simple cheese grater to make

your zoodles.

Shred the entire zucchini.

Set the zoodles aside while you make your sauce.

Raw Vegan Angel Hair Zucchini Pasta with "Neat" Balls

Creamy Marinara Sauce

Raw Vegan Angel Hair Zucchini Pasta with "Neat" Balls


2 tomatoes

1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, soaked

1/2 cup cashews, soaked

1/2 red bell pepper

1 clove of garlic

1 teaspoon of dried basil

1 teaspoon of dried oregano

A pinch of sea salt and pepper

1/4 cup filtered water (or more, if needed)

1/2 cup kalamata black olives, slice in half

Raw Vegan Angel Hair Zucchini Pasta with "Neat" Balls


Soak the both the cashews and sun dried tomatoes in water (separately)

for about 30 minutes before making your sauce.

Add all of the ingredients to your blender or food processor.

Blend until the sauce reaches the desired consistency.

Stir black olives into the sauce.

Note: For a chunky sauce blend for a shorter period of time–blend the mixture longer

for a smoother sauce.

Raw Vegan Angel Hair Zucchini Pasta with "Neat" Balls

Raw “Neat” Balls 

Raw Vegan Angel Hair Zucchini Pasta with "Neat" Balls

1 cup walnuts, soaked for 6 hours in water

1 tablespoon sun-dried tomatoes

1 stalk celery, chopped

1/4 cup grated zucchini

1 slice onion, chopped

1/4 red bell pepper, chopped

1 clove of garlic, crushed

1/4 cup grated carrot

1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped

1 tablespoon extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil

A pinch of red pepper flakes

A dash of oregano, Himalayan or Celtic sea salt and black pepper

A squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Raw Vegan Angel Hair Zucchini Pasta with "Neat" Balls


Soak 1/2 cup of walnuts for 6-8 hours before making your pasta.

Add all of the “neat”ball ingredients to your food processor.

Pulse/blend the mixture briefly.

Scrape mixture from the sides of the food processor.

Continue to pulse the mixture until all of the ingredients are blended.

into a chunky mix of walnuts and veggies that clump together easily so that the mixture

can be formed into balls.

Stop blending occasionally to check the consistency of your mixture, then test to see if you

can roll the ingredients into a firm ball in your hand.

Note: If your mixture is too chunky, the mixture may not stick and fall apart too easily.

If you over process, you may end up with a pate or mush that won’t hold it’s meatball shape.

Using a tablespoon measure, simply scoop the mixture into small balls.

Place the balls on a plate or cutting board and set aside.

Raw Vegan Angel Hair Zucchini Pasta with "Neat" Balls

When you are ready to serve, stir the marinara sauce through the zucchini noodles,

and top with the “neat” balls.

Sprinkle a little crushed red pepper flakes on top, if desired.

Raw Vegan Angel Hair Zucchini Pasta with "Neat" Balls

Dig in and enjoy!


What are your ways to dress and sauce your zoodles?

Share your thoughts and comments with us.


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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer Weinberg March 3, 2017 at 11:57 am

Zucchini noodles are a regular in my dinner rotation and this looks a perfect way to mix it up a bit. Thank you for the inspiration!


kimmythevegan March 6, 2017 at 7:22 pm

“I live in a city blessed with lots of raw and vegan restaurants.”
You are a lucky duck! My area doesn’t seem to have caught on to this yet.
I have enjoyed zucchini pasta, but your neat balls intrigue me! They sound so good!


Mary Ellen | VNutrition March 7, 2017 at 8:07 am

This looks so delicious Deborah! I’ve had zucchini pasta before but those neat balls sound so tasty and interesting!

Thanks so much for linking up with us for Healthy Vegan Fridays! I’m Pinning and sharing!


deborah March 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Hi Mary Ellen,
Yes, this is one of my favorite dishes. The “neat”balls really taste really neat! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it.


Indu March 9, 2017 at 10:24 pm

Hi Deborah, these zucchini noodles with the creamy cashew tomato sauce looks so delicious! And love the neat balls – now that is one neat recipe! 🙂


Kim~madeinaday March 13, 2017 at 4:56 pm

Neat balls sound interesting! Thanks for the recipe! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Have a great week!


Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner March 20, 2017 at 4:17 pm

Love the creamy cashew sauce yum thanks for linking up today


Alison's Allspice March 20, 2017 at 4:51 pm

I usually dress my zoodles with peanut sauce, but I love the look of your raw neat balls with the walnuts! Thanks!


Barrie March 20, 2017 at 7:33 pm

What a wonderful recipe- it is so involved! I have never heard of Neat-balls but they look really yummy the way you make them- so cool that it’s all raw!


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