Spaghetti Squash & Meat Balls

Paleo Spaghetti Squash With Meat Balls

Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs

This is a great recipe that provides a really taste dish that replaces those nasty simple pasta carbs with a more healthy & even tastier alternative.

The visual impact of this dish is important as the cooked “spaghetti” squash strands almost has you believing that you’re eating spaghetti.

Cooking the squash first in the microwave and then in a skillet to cook off the extra moisture, gives the squash a more spaghetti-like texture.

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Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 large spaghetti squash (or 2 smaller ones)
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 4 egg whites, whisked
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup dried parsley
  • ½ tbsp dried basil
  • ½ tbsp dried thyme
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • cooking fat (Paleo friendly such as duck fat, ghee, avocado, olive oil or lard)
  • Sea salt & ground black pepper

Directions

Spaghetti Squash In Baking Tin

Spaghetti Squash In Baking Tin

  • Preheat your oven to 220°C
  • Cut the spaghetti squash in half & remove the seeds
  • Place the spaghetti squash face down on a baking sheet & bake for half an hour until its soft
  • Once the spaghetti squash is cooked, use a large spoon to scoop the stringy pulp from the squash and place in a bowl
  • Combine the ground beef, dried parsley, dried basil, dried thyme & the egg – season to taste with salt & pepper.
  • With your hands form the meat into meatballs of about 2cm to 3cm in diameter
  • In a large skillet placed over a medium heat, sauté the meatballs until browned on all sides
  • Add the tomato sauce to the meatballs & cook for 10 minutes to ensure the meatballs are cooked through.
  • Lower the oven’s heat to 175°C
  • Mix the egg white with the spaghetti squash
  • Using a muffin baking tin fill each cavity with the squash mix, pressing down in the middle to making a neat nest in each one for a meat ball
  • Then place the baking tin in the oven for about 15 minutes
  • Serve with sauce if required

Ingredients & Directions For Your Sauce

Meatballs In Sauce

Meatballs In Sauce

  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ tbsp dried parsley
  • ½ tbsp dried basil
  • ½ tbsp dried thyme
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Combine all the ingredients for the tomato sauce and season to taste in a bowl
  • Add the tomato sauce to the browned meatballs in the skillet and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through

 

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