In this clever variation on the classic dish, tender strands of spaghetti squash replace the traditional pasta. It's a healthy, but satisfying twist on spaghetti and meatballs.

The Martha Stewart Show, September Summer/Fall 2006, The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 1177c


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Recipe Summary



For the Spaghetti Squash
For the Sauce
For the Meatballs


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare the spaghetti, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle cut sides of squashes with oil; season with salt and pepper. Place cut sides up on a baking sheet. Bake until soft to the touch, 1 to 1 1/4 hours.

  • To prepare the sauce, heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for an additional minute. Stir in the tomatoes and oregano; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 20 minutes. Keep warm over low heat.

  • Prepare the meatballs. In a medium bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, parsley, and garlic with a wooden spoon until combined. Add the milk, and stir until incorporated. Add the turkey, egg, salt, and pepper, and mix with your hands until well combined. Form mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls.

  • Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Working in 2 batches, cook the meatballs until evenly browned, turning often, about 6 minutes. Repeat with remaining meatballs. Transfer meatballs to the sauce, and simmer until cooked through, about 10 minutes.

  • When the squashes are cool enough to handle, scrape the flesh of each squash with a fork into strands, and place into a large bowl. Serve topped with meatballs and sauce, and sprinkled with cheese, if desired.


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Rating: 5 stars
Loved this recipe! A new favourite! Easy to follow and simple to make!
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LOVE this recipe! My kids and husband love it! Meatballs have tons of flavor :)
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Love this recipe. I made it for my boyfriend and I and we absolutely loved it. I added more basil and chilli flakes to the sauce. Very Satisfying!