A Guiltless Spaghetti & Meatballs Recipe

Seems too good to be true? It’s really not. This recipe should absolutely be a new weeknight go to, because it gives the satisfaction you get from a classic bowl of pasta, while being a healthy weeknight choice. While we always love to splurge, we’re also always up for the healthy version of our favorite classics; especially on weekdays. Here’s an original from us that we’re thinking you’ll love…

“Spaghetti” And Meatballs

Ingredients: 

– 1 Spaghetti Squash

– 1 lb Cherry tomatoes, quartered

– 2 cloves garlic

– 6 sprigs fresh thyme

– 2 TBSP tomato paste

– 1 pinch red pepper flakes

– 1 TBSP olive oil, plus more for brushing

– 1 lb ground turkey

– 3 TBSP Italian breadcrumbs

– 1 TBSP chopped thyme

– 1 TBSP dried oregano

– Salt

– Pepper

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 35 minutes, or until squash is fork tender. Remove from oven. With a fork, scrape each half so that the flesh of squash pulls apart into spaghetti-like strips. Set aside until ready to use.

In a roasting pan, combine olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, sprigs of time. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 10 minutes until bubbling. Take out and stir in tomato paste and red pepper flakes. Continue to bake until mixture is reduced and thick like tomato sauce.

In a bowl, combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, 1 TBSP thyme, and 1 TBSP dired oregano. Form into even sized balls. On the stove, heat an oven proof sauté pan over medium-high heat. Spray with non-stick spray. Brown meatballs on each sides for 2-3 minutes. Finish baking in oven for about 10 minutes, or until meatballs are done.

Toss spaghetti squash noodles with the tomato sauce.  Place on a platter. Top the spaghetti squash noodles with meatballs.

For more squash recipes see here, and click here for our favorite light pasta recipes for summer.