Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: spaghetti squash
Servings: 6


  • 1 spaghetti squash 3 lbs, halved and seeded
  • 1/3 cup bulgur
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 lb lean ground beef or your favorite ground meat
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning crushed
  • 3 cans fire roasted crushed tomatoes 14.5 ounce cans, undrained
  • 1 tsp sugar optional, or stevia
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper optional
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • snipped fresh basil optional


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly coat inside of the spaghetti squash with cooking spray. Place squash halves, cut sides down, on a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake about 50 minutes or until squash is soft. Let cool slightly. Use a fork to separate the strands of squash.
  • Meanwhile, for meatballs, place bulgur in a large bowl. Pour the boiling water over bulgur; let stand about 20 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed. Add egg, ground beef, garlic, and 1 teaspoon of the Italian seasoning. Mix to combine. Shape into 1-inch meatballs.
  • Lightly coat a very large skillet with cooking spray; heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs to hot skillet; cook until browned, turning occasionally to brown evenly. Add tomatoes, sugar, crushed red pepper (if desired), the salt, and the remaining 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 7 to 10 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken and meatballs are cooked through (160°F).*
  • Serve meatballs and sauce over squash. Top with grated Parmesan cheese. If desired, sprinkle with basil.


*The internal color of a meatball is not a reliable doneness indicator. A beef meatball cooked to 160°F is safe, regardless of color. To measure the doneness of a meatball, insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of the meatball.
Photo by Andy Lyons
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