Thursday, September 19, 2013

Spaghetti Squash and Paleo Meatballs

This meal was Aaaaahhh-mazing!!  I really felt like I was eating a plate of comforting pasta!
It was also my first time roasting a spaghetti squash. So easy.  This is what I did...
Preheat oven to 375*
Cut squash in half
Scrape seeds out of middle and discard seeds and "pulp"
Brush or rub a little olive oil on the cut side of the squash
and season with a little sea salt and garlic powder.
Add about a half inch of water to a roasting pan and
place squash cut side down.
Roast for about 45 minutes or until water is evaporated and
"meat" of squash pulls easily away from the skin.
Run a fork across the meat of the squash and watch as it magically
shreds. =) So exciting. You can scrape all of it from the skin
virtually leaving an empty shell.

And now for the meatballs! 
1 lb. of lean ground beef
1 lb. of ground pork
1/2 cup almond flour
3 large eggs beaten
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
garlic powder
sea salt 
italian seasoning (I used McCormick's Italian Herb GRINDER)
Mix all ingredients and form small meatballs and 
place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Add them to the oven with the squash on a different rack,
but only for about 20 minutes.

not pretty, but sooo good! 
The Sauce
I chose to use Classico Mushroom and Ripe Olive Italian Sauce because I had it on hand.
From this point on however, I will be buying fresh ingredients to make my own sauce.

Once the meatballs are done, add them to the sauce and simmer for another 20 - 25 minutes.
Top your shredded spaghetti squash with some sauce and meatballs and then grate some fresh parmesan cheese on top and enjoy!  Even my daughter Naomi gave it a thumbs up and she is my picky eater!

Have you ever cooked spaghetti squash? Did you do anything different that you'd recommend? Let me know in the comments!


  1. i've been wanting to do this for forever. I need to ask miguel to pick one up. However I really don't think my kids will like it. Maybe Abby, possibly Ellie. If Joey likes it then it will be a success.

    1. I didn't think Naomi would go for it, but she really liked it! It's fun. You either cook it and just don't tell them or you make a big deal about it and let them help and hope that makes them like it. lol

    2. I think I would just not tell them. I don't know. Joe loves spaghetti but he hates wheat pasta, he can tell the difference. Does N like veggies?

    3. NO, not usually. She doesn't even like corn. haha!

  2. I love spaghetti squash - it is really yummy. I cook mine the same way.
    So glad your kids liked it. I'm pretty sure mine wouldn't....


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