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Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meatballs

Published April 28, 2012 by jenmatteson

Spaghetti squash is so yummy and is a wonderful substitute for pasta.  I’m sure there are many other uses for spaghetti squash, but I pretty much always use it in the place of pasta.  For this recipe, I used my leftover turkey meatballs from my Turkey Meatball Hoagie.  Of course you could do either one first, and maybe you’ll love that so much, you’ll want to use the leftovers for seconds.  But if you’re like me and like to change up leftovers, these two recipes are perfect for doing so.

Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meatballs

Source: Pigzilla Original
Servings: 6


1/2 lb extra lean ground turkey
1/2 lb spicy italian seasoned turkey sausage (if your store doesn’t have this, add your own seasonings), removed from casing
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped fine
1/4 cup egg substitute or 1 egg
1/3 cup bread crumbs
olive oil
32 oz. marinara sauce
1 medium spaghetti squash
salt and pepper
parmesan cheese


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Slice squash in half and scoop out seeds.  Drizzle squash with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Place insides facing down on a baking sheet.  Add water to the bottom of the baking sheet and bake until outside is soft to the touch, about 45 minutes.

2. While squash is cooking, in a large bowl, add ground turkey, sausage, onion, cilantro, egg substitute, and bread crumbs.  Mix lightly with hands until the ingredients are just combined.  Form mixture into meatballs about 1 1/2-inches in diameter and place on a large plate.

3.  In a deep skillet, heat olive oil over a medium high heat.  Add meatballs and brown, turning frequently, about 5 minutes.  Add marinara sauce to pan, reduce heat to a simmer, and cover.  Let meatballs simmer in the marinara sauce until meatballs are cooked through, about 35-40 minutes.

4.  Once squash is cooked, remove from oven, flip over so insides are facing up.  Let cool until you’re able to handle it, about 10 minutes.  Once squash is cooled, scoop insides into a large bowl with a fork.  Squash should come out in strings, resembling spaghetti.

5. Once meatballs are done, place on a mound of the spaghetti squash and top with parmesan cheese.

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