50 min 4
Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs
Why miss spaghetti on a low-carb diet when it still exists inside a delicious and nutritious vegetable? This recipe is full of Italian flavor from the fresh parsley, basil, and oregano. Sure to please the whole family with its hearty flavor, this meal will turn into a staple recipe in no time.
FOR THE SPAGHETTI SQUASH: 1 large spaghetti squash
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
½ cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
FOR THE MEATBALLS: ½ pound 80-percent lean ground beef
½ pound ground pork
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon minced garlic
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup sugar-free pasta sauce
Directions Preparing:20 minCooking:30 min
Step 1TO MAKE THE SPAGHETTI SQUASH: Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Place each half facedown in a microwave-safe dish. Add the water. Microwave on high for 12 minutes.
Step 2Using a fork, scoop the squash from the shells.
Step 3In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil for about 1 minute. Add the squash to the skillet, stirring to allow any moisture to dissipate. Cook for about 7 minutes, until the squash begins to brown.
Step 4Remove it from the heat. Transfer the squash to a large bowl. Add ¼ cup of parsley to the bowl and set aside.
Step 5TO MAKE THE MEATBALLS: In a medium bowl, mix together the remaining ¼ cup of parsley, beef, pork, ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese, basil, oregano, onion powder, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Step 6Form the mixture into 12 meatballs.
Step 7In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil olive for about 1 minute. Add the meatballs. Brown for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until fully browned, about 5 minutes total.
Step 8Add the pasta sauce to the pan. Stir to coat the meatballs thoroughly.
Step 9Reduce the heat to low. Cover the skillet. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through.
Step 10Plate 3 meatballs and ¼ cup of sauce over one-quarter of the spaghetti squash per person. Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese evenly over the plated servings.
Nutrition Facts (per serving of 3:1)