There’s a great big hunk of world down there with no fences around it. And it’s all ours for the taking, all ours. – Tramp, Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Whenever I think of Spaghetti and Meatballs, I always remember that scene from the Lady and the Tramp…which reminds me, I should watch that movie again soon.
Anyways, here’s a picture of that adorable Lady and the Tramp “spaghetti scene.”
My Love for Spaghetti Squash
For this particular recipe, I decided to use spaghetti squash, because it’s so much better than pasta in my opinion! Also, I would rather have fiber than empty carbs.
Spaghetti squash is one of those types of food that I just think is amazing. I mean, it’s a squash that turns into spaghetti!
Also, it’s super easy to make and really, you can do so many things with it! Toss it with pasta, turn it into a greek salad, make spaghetti squash pancakes, etc.
I love meatballs, especially Swedish meatballs from IKEA, which I know, supposedly has horse meat. This doesn’t make sense to me though because aren’t horses more expensive than cows?
Anyways, honestly, I don’t really measure things when I make meatballs. I kind of just throw things in there. It basically needs the following:
- Ground meat: Chicken, turkey, beef, horse (just kidding!). You can mix them all together for a more tasty meatball. The kind where people can’t figure out what meat you used!
- Chopped onions and garlic: Onions and garlic always go well with meat. It adds more flavor!
- Some vegetables, preferably green or red like parsley, cilantro, chives or red peppers for that burst of color. I added some mushrooms to mine as well!
- Bunch of spices. Rosemary, cumin, salt, pepper, paprika, chili powder, red pepper flakes, italian seasoning, etc.
- Breadcrumbs and eggs to hold it together!
Erm, I typically just buy a jar of pre-made pasta sauce. However, if you want to make one yourself, it’s basically just crushed tomatoes with some garlic and spices!
Why Cook Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs?
- Because this Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs recipe is super easy.
- It uses spaghetti squash, which will impress you.
- Meatballs can be made to your liking.
- Pasta sauce can be bought from the store.
Now, please try this Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs recipe! Happy cooking!
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 1 jar of pasta/marinara sauce
- 1/2 pound of ground meat (I used ground chicken)
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- 1/4 cup of mushrooms, chopped
- 4 - 5 tablespoons of chives (you can use parsley as well)
- 1 tablespoon of red habanero chili pepper, chopped (optional; only use if you can handle spicy)
- 1 teaspoon of rosemary, chopped
- salt and pepper (adjust to your liking)
- 3 - 4 tablespoons of breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- Shredded Mozzarella Cheese or Parmesan Cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- While it's preheating, chop up all your vegetables. Combine with the ground meat, egg, breadcrumbs and spices. Add more breadcrumbs if the mixture looks too wet and won't hold if rolled into a ball.
- Roll meat mixture into balls (size depends on how you want it). Place in baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Set aside in freezer.
- Cut spaghetti squash in half and place in a baking sheet with the cut side down. Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes.
- 20 minutes into baking the squash, place the meatballs in the oven (lower rack).
- Take squash and meatballs out after 25 - 30 minutes.
- Simmer meatballs in pasta/marina sauce for about 10 minutes. Add more spices to it if you want.
- While meatballs are simmering, use a fork to take the "spaghetti" out of the squash and put in plates if you are serving it right away.
- Place pasta/marina sauce and meatballs on top of the spaghetti squash and sprinkle some cheese on top.
- This meatballs recipe is pretty flexible so you can add whatever spices you like. Note that the habanero does make it quite spicy so go easy on it. You can also just add paprika or red chili flakes if you want.