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Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

I see all of these interesting looking recipes using spaghetti squash all over the internet and they look amazing. I have even tried a few of them. But sometimes, the best recipes are right in front of you, Captain Obvious. Like Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs. Listen, I’m NOT telling you that spaghetti squash tastes a damn thing like real pasta. It doesn’t. Not EVEN close. But spaghetti squash IS delicious, healthy, and fun to eat. The buttery and sort of nutty flavor is perfect paired with your favorite toppings. My faves? Our homemade pasta sauce, meatballs, and loads of melty cheese.

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

This was a win-win meal for me. You know why?

First, these beauties were on sale for 99 cents each. That’s cheap. I got two.

 

I'm NOT telling you spaghetti squash tastes a damn thing like pasta. It doesn't. Not EVEN close. But spaghetti squash IS delicious, healthy & fun to eat.

 

Secondly, spaghetti squash, even a small or medium-sized one, will make a lot of “noodles”. This recipe looks like it feeds 4, right? If you have 4 very hungry people.

Each serving is huge, so you can easily stretch Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs to feed 6 (or have enough for leftovers).

 

I'm NOT telling you spaghetti squash tastes a damn thing like pasta. It doesn't. Not EVEN close. But spaghetti squash IS delicious, healthy & fun to eat.

 

My preferred method of preparing spaghetti squash is to roast them whole, then slice and scoop out the seeds. You can also microwave them, but for the best flavor, roasting is key.  Once the seeds are removed, you can easily shred the spaghetti squash into…well…spaghetti. 🙂

Now let’s load these yummy spaghetti squash up. Use your favorite meatball recipe or frozen meatballs. About 4 to 6 per squash is plenty. And top with a great sauce. 

 

(May we recommend our Simply Awesome Pasta Sauce?? You may never buy jarred sauce again!)

 

I'm NOT telling you spaghetti squash tastes a damn thing like pasta. It doesn't. Not EVEN close. But spaghetti squash IS delicious, healthy & fun to eat.

 

Sprinkle each Spaghetti Squash and Meatball “bowl” with a generous amount of cheese. We used mozzarella, but feel free to experiment. (Asiago, Parmesan…yum.)

 

More recipes to love:

Brown Butter + Sage Penne Pasta

Roasted Vegetable Alfredo Pizza

Alfredo Style Italian Meatballs

Creole Shrimp Jambalaya

 

 

I'm NOT telling you spaghetti squash tastes a damn thing like pasta. It doesn't. Not EVEN close. But spaghetti squash IS delicious, healthy & fun to eat.

 

Return the cheesy masterpieces to the oven until heated through and the cheese is bubbly and melted.

 

I'm NOT telling you spaghetti squash tastes a damn thing like pasta. It doesn't. Not EVEN close. But spaghetti squash IS delicious, healthy & fun to eat.

 

Impressive, huh? But easy, affordable, and relatively low-carb.

 

I'm NOT telling you spaghetti squash tastes a damn thing like pasta. It doesn't. Not EVEN close. But spaghetti squash IS delicious, healthy & fun to eat.

 

Oh …and Delicious!

 

I'm NOT telling you spaghetti squash tastes a damn thing like pasta. It doesn't. Not EVEN close. But spaghetti squash IS delicious, healthy & fun to eat.

 

 

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Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Enjoy the flavors of your favorite pasta dish with a healthy twist.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword spaghetti squash and meatballs
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 4 People (Half Squash Each)
Calories 549 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

Buy This

  • 2 medium spaghetti squash
  • 24 meatballs homemade or frozen
  • 3 to 4 cups pasta sauce homemade or jarred, see link in post for our recipe
  • 8 oz block Mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cook That

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With a knife, carefully poke several slits all over each spaghetti squash. Coat each squash with olive oil.
  2. Place the whole squash onto a baking dish. Bake for 1 hour. Cool until you can handle the spaghetti squash. Slice each squash in half and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Shred the flesh of each squash half with a fork.
  3. Salt and pepper the squash to taste. Top each half with 6 meatballs. Evenly divide the sauce and pour over the meatballs.
  4. Evenly sprinkle the cheese over the top of each squash.
  5. Return to the oven, and bake until the squash is heated through and the cheese is melted, about 20 minutes. If using frozen meatballs, your cooking time will be longer.
Nutrition Facts
Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (1 Half Squash)
Calories 549 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 484mg21%
Potassium 805mg23%
Carbohydrates 34g11%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 965IU19%
Vitamin C 10.7mg13%
Calcium 409mg41%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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2 Comments

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    Abra - abraskitchen.com
    February 3, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    99 CENTS?? That’s incredible. I am very ashamed to tell you that I recently spent $12 on ONE spaghetti squash. For real. I need to move to the south 🙂

    • Reply
      Teri
      February 3, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      Holy wow!! $12 is pretty pricy. But yes seasonal produce is very inexpensive here. Where do you live?

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