Spaghetti (Squash) and Meatballs

This spaghetti squash and meatballs meal is perfect for meal prep and is Whole30 approved! | read more at happilythehicks.com

Have you ever had a huge craving for spaghetti? I’ll have it occasionally, and this week it hit hard! I have always loved spaghetti… probably party because it was one of my mom’s favorite foods to make when I was growing up, and also because it’s just so darn easy to make. It just doesn’t get much better than a big bowl of pasta, flavorful spaghetti sauce, and perfectly seasoned meat or meatballs. Anyone else with me??

However, since I’m doing the Whole30, pasta isn’t really on the menu. And that’s when my sweet friend, spaghetti squash, comes into play. I have been a huge fan of this low carb alternative to pasta for years, and I love that it’s Whole30 approved. Not only is it super easy to make, but you really don’t miss the pasta and it’s super filling. Win-win-win, right? In fact, it’s so easy to prep that my dear hubby has made me some when I’m at work too late to start dinner on time. I’m all for hubby-approved foods! 

This spaghetti squash and meatballs meal is perfect for meal prep and is Whole30 approved! | read more at happilythehicks.com

As for the sauce, I go back and forth between homemade and store bought, depending on how much time I have to make dinner. My favorite homemade sauce is from the book Fixate by Autumn Calabrese (to die for!), but sometimes I just don’t have the time to make it, so I opt for the jarred variety at the store. I have become an avid label reader since starting the Whole30, and I look for sauces that have no added sugar and ingredients I can pronounce (or, you know, recognize). This way I’m ensuring to get a higher quality sauce with less preservatives and stuff we don’t need. 

When meal prepping for the week, this recipe was SO easy to make! All you need to do is make the meatballs, and pop ’em in the oven with the spaghetti squash. Then separate the squash into glass containers (like these) for each day of the week, top with the sauce and 2-3 meatballs, and you’re good to go! It’s so easy to have a healthy, filling and nutritious lunch that takes minimal effort on your part. That’s my kind of meal! 

This spaghetti squash and meatballs meal is perfect for meal prep and is Whole30 approved! | read more at happilythehicks.com

Spaghetti (Squash) and Meatballs

Spaghetti (Squash) and Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 large jar spaghetti sauce
  • For the meatballs:
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds and rub the olive oil around the inside. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper.
  3. Place on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 30-45 minutes, or until the flesh is tender. Remove from the oven and let it cool.
  4. Once cool, scrape the flesh with a fork, which will create the "noodles".
  5. For the meatballs:
  6. In a medium skillet heat the olive oil and cook the onion, bell pepper, mushrooms and garlic until soft and fragrant, around 10 minutes.
  7. In a large bowl, mix together the ground turkey and beef. Add the eggs, coconut flour and cooked veggies to the bowl. Mix until everything is combined.
  8. Scoop out about 2 Tbsp of the meat mixture and form into a ball. Place on a foil lined baking sheet.
  9. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the meat is completely cooked.
  10. For the bowls:
  11. Divide the squash into the bowls, top with the spaghetti sauce, and add your meatballs on top!
  12. These bowls will keep in the fridge for up to a week.

Notes

This recipe makes a LOT of meatballs. The ones I didn't use this week I froze in a freezer bag to use later. They will last in the freezer for up to two months!

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  1. Harmony at Momma To Go

    May 31st, 2017 at 6:53 am

    I feel like I tried spaghetti squash years ago and it was a bust, but so many people like it I feel like I should give it another shot. I like how your meatballs have visable veggies in them!

  2. Marsha Jones Youmans

    May 31st, 2017 at 7:41 am

    I need to try making this. I’ve had spaghetti squash at restaurants before but didn’t realize how easy it is to make myself!

  3. Amanda Nicole Hughes

    May 31st, 2017 at 9:02 am

    This looks so yummy! I need to remember to get spaghetti squash to do this!

  4. Lauren

    May 31st, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    This looks delicious, and I love that it’s whole30 friendly! You have a beautiful blog!

  5. Jessica -

    May 31st, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Looks delish! I love spaghetti squash…veggie, gluten free and low carb…all good things!

  6. Baby Bears Mama Bear

    May 31st, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    This is perfect for what I’m looking for lately! I have been cutting carbs. I can’t wait to try this!

  7. Ann

    May 31st, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    I am trying this recipe of your. My daughter will definitely loves this. Thank you for sharing .

  8. Rachel Ritlop

    June 1st, 2017 at 7:18 am

    yum! this looks so good! I always fry the squash after I scoop it out from the oven, to get rid of excess moisture

  9. Krissie Aguilar

    June 1st, 2017 at 8:02 am

    I love spaghetti squash! And homemade meatballs! Great recipe.

  10. Lisa

    June 1st, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Yum! I love spaghetti squash, and those meatballs – with all the veggies!!! – sound soo good! Pinning this so I can freeze meatballs for later use!

  11. Jackie

    June 6th, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    This looks sooo good..just got into spaghetti squash..this has my mouth watering!

  12. Ellie Augustin

    June 9th, 2017 at 7:46 am

    I’m a big fan of spaghetti squash! This looks heavenly! thanks for sharing.

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