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Recipes: Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs

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Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs

EatingWell Test Kitchen
“With this spaghetti squash and meatballs recipe, you can reduce the carbohydrates and increase the vegetable servings by skipping the pasta and serving the Italian-seasoned turkey meatballs and quick, homemade marinara sauce over thin strands of cooked spaghetti squash instead. Cooking the squash first in the microwave and then in a skillet to cook off the extra moisture, gives the squash a more spaghetti-like texture.”

Ingredients

    • 1 3-pound spaghetti squash
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
    • ½ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
    • 1¼ teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided
    • ½ teaspoon onion powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
    • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey
    • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 28-ounce can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
    • ¼- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

Directions

  • Halve squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place facedown in a microwave-safe dish; add water. Microwave, uncovered, on High until the flesh can be easily scraped with a fork, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Scrape the squash flesh into the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the moisture is evaporated and the squash is beginning to brown, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in ¼ cup parsley. Remove from heat, cover and let stand.
  • Meanwhile, combine the remaining ¼ cup parsley, ¼ cup Parmesan, ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning, onion powder, ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Add turkey; gently mix to combine (do not overmix). Using about 2 tablespoons each, form into 12 meatballs.
  • Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs, reduce heat to medium and cook, turning occasionally, until browned all over, 4 to 6 minutes. Push the meatballs to the side of the pan, add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, crushed red pepper to taste, the remaining ¾ teaspoon Italian seasoning and ¼ teaspoon salt; stir to coat the meatballs. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meatballs are cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes more.
  • Serve the sauce and meatballs over the squash, sprinkled with the remaining ¼ cup Parmesan.