Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

I love spaghetti squash!  I wanted to have it for dinner but didn’t just want it as a side or a base for a red sauce.  I found a recipe on www.wholeliving.com that I liked the look of and then adapted it to make it gluten-free and with a few different veggies.  It was unique and delicious!  My husband couldn’t believe the meatballs were just beef… and not some type of sausage.  He thought they were the best tasting meatballs I have made yet.  We will definitely want to hang onto this recipe!

Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs
1 spaghetti squash
salt/pepper
2 Tbsp. butter, melted and divided
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/3 c. grated parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. gluten-free breadcrumbs (see note)
1 lb. grass-free ground beef
2 Tbsp. grapeseed oil
1 c. beef broth
4-5 c. fresh spinach
1 pint cherry tomatoes
parmesan cheese for garnish/topping

*I had a loaf of gluten-free bread that bombed so I ground it up in the food processor and froze it to use a bread crumbs. If you don’t have bread crumbs, you can grind up gluten-free oatmeal, or use flaxseed meal or even ground up chia seeds.

Instructions:

Cut spaghetti squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Brush with 1 Tbsp. butter and sprinkle with salt/pepper. Bake in the oven on a baking sheet, face down, at 375 for about 45 minutes or until tender. Once cooked, scoop out of shell with a fork and set aside.

In a skillet, heat remaining Tbsp. butter. Add onion and garlic and sauté until tender. Remove from heat to a small bowl to cool. Once cooled, add oregano, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, and ground beef. Combine with your hands and mold into meatballs. Mine were between 1-2 inches.

Heat oil in a skillet. Add meatballs and cook until browned on the outside. Remove from pan. Add additional oil if needed and cherry tomatoes. Be sure to scrape up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Add broth, spinach, and meatballs back into the pan. Cook until spinach is fully wilted and meatballs are cooked through.

Place a scoop of spaghetti squash onto each plate. Top with meatball/veggie combo and garnish with parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Husband Rating: 7 out of 10

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