Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Baked Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs


 
In the midst of all the Halloween festivities of the last week it felt good to have a comforting homemade meal. So I'm sharing my favorite simple fall dinner from the week. If you're not familiar with Spaghetti Squash, now is the time to get familiar. It's delicious tossed with butter and fresh herbs, or used in place of pasta. Spaghetti squash is a great gluten-free and lower carb option. And how fun is it that this hard squash turns to spaghetti-like "noodles" after it's cooked!
You can make this dish as simple or completely-homemade as you like. Make your own favorite spaghetti sauce and meatballs, or use store bought. I've actually used Trader Joe's meatless meatballs recently and they were pretty good for being meatless.
Baked Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
serves 4-6

1 Spaghetti Squash
1 batch prepared meatballs
1 cup Marinara or spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup fresh basil, torn or sliced

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds. Brush or drizzle with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet, cut side down and bake for 30-40 minutes. Cool slightly on baking sheet. Turn oven up to 400. 
Using a fork, scrape squash "spaghetti" up from the rind and fluff into strands. Place meatballs over squash. Pour sauce over. Sprinkle cheeses over sauce. Bake stuffed squash halves on cookie sheet until cheese is melted and bubbling. Top with fresh basil and serve right out of the squash! 

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60 comments:

  1. How do you have the time to do all these amazing things? I've never seen spaghetti squash served in the squash, and I have to say it's completely gorgeous. The colors and textures in your photos make it look so tempting.

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  2. LOVE Spaghetti Squash!! Can't wait to try out this recipe!!
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  3. I have never tried Spaghetti Squash ; it sounds very interesting and I guess it's time to give this recipe a try. Thank you for sharing this delicious meal . Great photos !

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  4. wow I'm getting hungry just looking at all this yumminess! This looks delicious!

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  5. I've never even seen spaghetti squash, i don't think we have it over here.
    Oh please mail me this dish!

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  6. That looks fantastic. I cannot wait to make this one. Delicious.

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  7. I love making dishes in a squash bowl but never thought using the spaghetti squash in the same way. Great idea! Thanks for sharing

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  8. wahouwww.... magnifique
    bravo pour ton superbe blog
    bizzzzzz
    joelle

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  9. That looks great. I just bought a spaghetti squash and now I have a great idea for using it. thanks

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  10. That looks fantastic! I never would have thought to cook it all in the squash with cheese like that. Beautiful presentation and I bet it's delicious. Can't wait to try this with some spaghetti squashes that came from my garden, I've been trying to think of a good way to use them :D

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  11. YUM!!! I just made this tonight too!! Post coming soon..haha but I think your recipe and pictures def put my version to shame ;) Your food styling is just amazing

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  12. Simply beautiful and comforting. I love spaghetti squash. So doing this soon-will relink to you

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  13. That looks amazing. I am going to definitely try this!

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  14. Stunning presentation and a wonderful recipe!

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  15. This sounds and looks absolutely incredible!

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  16. Wow, this is so creative ans looks amazing. I wouldlove to try this:) xoxox

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  17. This looks amazing!! Loved the recipe and your photography!

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  18. Your photos are FAB and I'm sure this spaghetti is too! YUMMO!

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  19. Making this FOR SURE, Marina! What a beautiful presentation to serve it right in the squash! So clever!

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  20. Wow this looks incredible and I absolutely LOVE your new blog design! Gorgeous!! :)

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  21. I've never thought to serve it in the squash...so creative and such a beautiful presentation :) Thanks for stopping by my blog...following you back!

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  22. So happy to meet your blog. It's so lovely!

    And this dish looks SO good... perfect as the weather starts cooling over here in my neck of the woods. Yum!

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  23. Thanks for visiting my blog! Happy I could tempt you with me Cinnamon Souffle! Even more glad to have found this recipe here as with some adaptations this will be on next weeks dinner menu! Thanks and have a great Sunday!

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  24. this looks SOOO delightful! i have spaghetti squash right now. would love to double bake with sauce! :D welcome to our #squashlove bloghop!

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  25. What a beautiful blog! Thanks for celebrating Squash Love with us.

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  26. This looks great!! Yummy!

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  27. I love the way you used the squash as the serving dish! How clever is that!?! I discovered spaghetti squash a while back and am always looking for great recipes like this one. Thanks for sharing!

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  28. I have been making spaghetti squash this way for years, but never thought to put meatballs in it - great idea!

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  29. What a great squash presentation! I love how you presented the delicious spaghetti & meatballs in the squash! Isn't squash love so much fun?

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  30. Britt5:20 PM

    just made this and it was so delicious (although you can't really go wrong with marinara and mozz cheese!) I'd never had spaghetti squash before but now I'll be adding it to my regular rotation. thanks!

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  31. omg this looks amazing! been looking for a spaghetti squash recipe too :)

    stopping by from MBC..loving all your recipes!!

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  32. Oh, I love this! Spaghetti squash is so yummy, and this is one beautiful meal.

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  33. Looks fantastic! I make squash with spaghetti every time (in fact we had that tonight!) but this appears to be a whole new level of yummy.

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  34. This looks wonderful! Everytime I cook with spaghetti squash, the noodles are too crunchy and still taste raw to me. Do you have any recommendation for making them softer? Or do they even get softer? Thanks!

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    1. Anonymous2:08 PM

      If your noodles are too crunchy, could it be that you are cooking it with cut side up inside of cut side down on the cookie sheet, brushed with oil or butter. mmmmmmm

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  35. What a fun idea making the squash also your bowl! This looks fantastic! I love love spaghetti squash:-) Hugs, Terra

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  36. This looks delicious and so easy! Thank you so much!! Might try tonight!

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  37. This is really incredible. I bet people would go crazy to find this on their plate at a dinner party. Really impressed with this one!

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  38. Oh my goodness, I'm drooling! This looks so delicious! Can't wait to try it!

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  39. I really want to try this as we have never had spaghetti squash before. DId your kids like it? I am always trying to find some meatless recipes and tend to make pasta a lot because you can do so much with it. This might be a good substitute for pasta.

    Beautiful photos as always!

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  40. Clearly, I live under a rock, because I had not heard of spaghetti squash until about 2 weeks ago.

    Clearly, I have been missing something pretty great.

    And clearly...your pictures and styling never disappoint.

    Wow.

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  41. Anonymous9:27 AM

    I LOVE Spaghetti squash! could also use turkey meat, fresh chopped tomato, garlic to stuff it and top with fresh shaved parm! DELISH!

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  42. Anonymous, YES! Great ideas!

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  43. Haley5:01 PM

    I just made this and it was beautiful and absolutely delicious! I used Ina Garten's meatball recipe from Family Style.
    I am so happy to have found your blog!!!

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  44. I can't seem to make myself like spaghetti squash but I might try this and see how it goes!

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  45. Made this tonight. YUM! I am def. making it again when my gluten intolerant in-laws come in February. It was so easy, healthy, beautiful and delicious! Thanks! I can't get enough of all your recipes Marina!! xo

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    1. I'm so happy you liked it, Terri!

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  46. I LOVE LOVE LOVE spaghetti squash... I noticed how you cut around the stem and I have to say thats so clever! Being a health counselor, I am always recommending this healthy alternative to my clients, and they always love it! I never thought of making it a "baked pasta" version with the sauce and some homemade turkey meatballs inside! What a beautiful and unique presentation too! This recipe will be making an appearance on my dinner menu in the next few days! Thank you!

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  47. Ahhhhhhmazing!!! I love trying any recipes that sneak veggies into my husbands diet and this was a hit! Thanks so much, this will most definately be in our dinner rotation!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks for letting me know it was a hit at your house too! So happy to hear that, Sara!

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  48. I love you so much. haha, I've been "squashing" for a while now and ADORE spaghetti squash, but I started to get frustrated that once I've halved and roasted them, I had to let them cool and carefully scrape them into bowls.
    I made a cod alfredo for mine - I used alfredo sauce, leftover lemon cod, and fresh pesto. For my hubby's, I made him seared steak and spaghetti sauce with melted cheese. We LOVED them! Your idea made squash even MORE appealing to me (I didn't know that was possible, haha!). Thanks for sharing! :)

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  49. Sheila10:39 AM

    I planted a spaghetti squash in my garden last year. It was late comming in and I only had one squash.I did'nt know what to do with it..I have it in the oven NOW! Can't wait to taste it. Im saveing my seed for this spring.Thanks for shareing.

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  50. Made this tonight and it turned out great!! We loved it and I always make changes to recipes.. No changed needed on this one. Thank you!

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  51. I love squash, tried this recipe and now my kids will actually eat it. Thanks, this will definitely be a repeat in our house! http://phen375pill.com

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  52. To be completely honest, this is my first time to hear about spaghetti squash. This really sounds interesting and your photos of the dish are making me crave for it. This will certainly be in our Halloween menu. I just hope you added photos of the procedure. Anyway, thank you for sharing this recipe.

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  53. You inspired my lunch today :) Thank you Marina!

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  54. Anonymous1:28 PM

    This is a wonderful dish, my husband and I loved it.
    Thanks

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