Monday, May 22, 2017

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Here is a quick Whole30 Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs for you. I find the easiest way to cook the spaghetti squash is in the Instant Pot. It can be cooked ahead of time and heated in the oven while the meatballs cook in the sauce. I prep the meatballs ahead of time also, they can be kept in the refrigerator for a few days or put in the freezer. I have not baked the meatballs from frozen, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. You would have to adjust the time and add a little water to the sauce so it doesn't burn or dry out.
This was a big hit with my family. Everyone loved the meatballs. They aren't as tender as meatballs that have a bread crumb in them to me, but no one in my family said a word about it. My youngest isn't the biggest fan of spaghetti squash though. The meatballs would work with zucchini noodles also.

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Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

2 pounds lean ground beef, lamb, chicken, or turkey (or a combination)
1-2 cloves of garlic minced
1 small onion chopped
2 teaspoons dried Italian Seasoning
1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
2 tablespoons minced parsley leaves

To cook meatballs:
3-4 cups red sauce, homemade or store bought
2 small spaghetti squash, halved and cooked

Basil leaves

  1. Mix ingredients lightly.
  2. Form into meatballs.
  3. Pan fry to brown in oil or bake in a 400 degree oven until brown on all sides. (Freeze, or cook meatballs in the next step.)
  4. Place meatballs in a baking dish, and pour red sauce over them, add up to 1/4 cup of water if you like it more saucy. 
  5. Cover tightly with foil.
  6. Drizzle spaghetti squash halves with olive oil or ghee.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 degrees along with face up spaghetti squash halves.
  8. Serve over spaghetti squash, and garnish with fresh basil.
If you are not cooking the spaghetti squash before hand, split it and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle with olive oil and put them in the oven while making the meatballs. Keep them roasting in the oven throughout the whole process.

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