Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash

Baby, it’s cold outside…and snowy…and windy. I don’t know about you, but this weather makes me want a nice comforting meal. A nice comforting meal without all of the extra calories of a nice comforting meal. Doable? Oh yeah. Now, this recipe isn’t earth shattering in its creativity, but it is damn delicious. I swapped the pasta for spaghetti squash and the meatballs are made with turkey. Simple swaps that really cut down the calories and allow you to enjoy a big ol’ plate of spaghetti squash and meatballs.

Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash 2

Ingredients:

1 spaghetti squash

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

1 lb ground turkey

1 onion chopped fine

3 garlic cloves minced

3 tbs ketchup

½ cup Parmesan cheese

¼ cup panko breadcrumbs

1 tsp Italian seasoning

3 Tbs fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped

1 tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

1 large egg

Marinara Sauce

Method:

Preheat the oven to 400.

Cut the Spaghetti Squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds with a spoon. Place the squash on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil making sure the squash is coated. Add a splash of water. Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes. Let cool and shred with a fork.

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash 2

Meanwhile, pour marinara into a saucepan and heat on low. Stirring occasionally.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment or foil and spray with olive oil.

Mix together the onion, garlic, ketchup, parmesan, breadcrumbs, italian seasoning, parsley, salt, pepper and egg.

Turkey Meatballs

Add the turkey and mix only to combine.

Turkey Meatballs 2

Roll the meatballs. You can use an ice cream scoop for this if you are worried about them being exact. I just eyeball them and tend to go on the smaller side. They’re cuter that way.

Turkey Meatballs 3

 

Bake in the oven until just cooked through, about 15-20 minutes depending on the size you make the meatballs.

Transfer the meatballs to the hot marinara and serve over spaghetti squash. Enjoy!

Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash

What is your favorite comfort food?

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