Roasted Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
Roasted Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs has spaghetti squash, homemade tomato-garlic sauce, and chicken meatballs for a quick dinner.
I’m not sure why I was a little slow to warm up to the idea of spaghetti squash as a replacement for pasta, because I certainly enjoyed it when I made Spaghetti Squash and Chard Gratin and Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Parmesan. Whatever the reason this is the very first time I’ve ever cooked spaghetti squash to serve with tomato sauce, and this Roasted Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs was really quite delish.
It’s true you don’t get the feel of biting into al dente spaghetti, but the trade-off for a lower-carb Italian dinner is a pretty good one. In this recipe I used Sabatino’s Roasted Garlic and Basil Chicken Meatballs, which is another one of my Costco finds, but you can use any kind of chicken or turkey meatballs that appeal to you; check the package to make sure it’s low-carb and gluten-free if you care about that. And keep reading for how to make this tasty dinner idea even lower in carbs, enjoy!
How Can You Make This Dinner Lower in Carbs?
I was a bit surprised that this dinner with roasted spaghetti squash, homemade tomato sauce, and chicken-garlic meatballs comes to 20 net carbs when I calculated the nutritional information. This could be a lower-carb dinner if you double the amount of meatballs in each servings and make the other ingredients into six servings to be served with a low-carb salad on the side.
How to Make Roasted Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- Maybe the hardest part of this recipe is cutting the spaghetti squash into four sections so you can season it and so it will roast a little faster. Some people recommend microwaving it for a few minutes to make it easier to cut through the skin, but I haven’t had to do that. I seasoned the squash with Italian Herb Seasoning (affiliate link), and roasted it at 400F/200C for about 50 minutes.
- While the squash cooks make the sauce. Start by sauteeing a generous amount of freshly minced garlic in olive oil.
- Then add tomatoes, tomato sauce, ground fennel, Italian herb blend, and chicken stock and simmer.
- While the sauce simmers, brown the meatballs. (My apologies for requiring you to dirty two pans, but I really think you need to get the sauce simmering before you cook the meatballs.)
- When the meatballs are very well browned, add them to the sauce and continue to simmer.
- The spaghetti squash is done when it strings apart easily with a fork, but is still firm enough to stay together in strings of “spaghetti.”
- By now the sauce should be thickened and reduced quite a bit. I used a medium-large spaghetti squash, which made four servings, with each person getting 3 chicken meatballs and a generous amount of sauce. Serve with freshly-grated Parmesan if you have some!
More Tasty Ideas with Spaghetti Squash:
Oven Baked Stuffed Squash Boats ~ Dine and Dish
Spaghetti Squash and Chard Gratin ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Spaghetti Squash New Mexican with Black Beans and Lime ~ Gluten Free Goddess
Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Parmesan ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Spaghetti Squash with Sausage ~ White on Rice Couple
For Sauce and Meatballs:
- 2 T freshly minced garlic (do not use garlic from a jar)
- 1 T + 2 tsp. olive oil
- two 14.5 oz. cans petite diced tomatoes
- one 8 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 2 tsp. Italian Herb Blend
- 1/4 tsp. ground fennel
- 12 Sabatino’s Roasted Garlic and Basil Chicken Meatballs (see notes)
- freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)
For Spaghetti Squash:
- 1 large spaghetti squash
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 T Italian Herb Blend (see notes)
- Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and then cut each half lengthwise again to make four pieces.
- Spray a baking sheet with olive oil or non-stick spray and put the spaghetti squash on the baking sheet.
- Spray or brush the top side of each squash with olive oil and then sprinkle each piece with about 3/4 teaspoon of Italian Herb Seasoning (affiliate link).
- Roast the squash until it strings apart easily with a fork, about 50 minutes.
- While the squash cooks, heat the 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and saute the minced garlic just until it starts to barely show some color. (Don’t overcook the garlic or it will be bitter.)
- Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken stock, 2 tsp. Italian Herb Blend, and ground fennel and let the sauce come to a simmer.
- In another large frying pan, heat the 2 tsp. of olive oil and cook the meatballs until they are nicely browned on all sides. When meatballs are browned, add them to the sauce and continue to simmer over low heat.
- When the spaghetti squash is done, scrape each piece with a fork to shred the squash apart into “spaghetti,” discarding the skin.
- Arrange the shredded squash on four plates, top each one with 3 meatballs, and spoon sauce over the top. Serve hot, with freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
Use any chicken meatballs you prefer for this recipe.
Recipe created by Kalyn when she discovered Sabatino’s Roasted Garlic and Basil Chicken Meatballs at Costco and decided to experiment with them.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 258Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 644mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 7gSugar: 11gProtein: 12g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Spaghetti squash is such a low-glycemic food that it’s even approved for Phase One of the South Beach Diet, and even though the tomatoes and spaghetti squash have some carbs, the Sabatino’s Roasted Garlic and Basil Chicken Meatballs have only 2 carbs in the serving size of 3 meatballs I used. Double the amount of meatballs and make the sauce and spaghetti squash stretch to six servings if you want to decrease the carbs. (Sabatino’s has no idea I am featuring their meatballs, just in case you were wondering!)
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