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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash and Make Mock Spaghetti and Meatballs

Updated on March 17, 2015
Mock Spaghetti and Meatballs Dinner
Mock Spaghetti and Meatballs Dinner | Source

Health Benefits of Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is packed with healthy nutrients, including beta-carotene, potassium, vitamin A and folic acid. And like most vegetables, it’s extremely low in calories. One cup of spaghetti squash is less than 50 calories!

The spaghetti squash has a special quality when cooked: the inside of the spaghetti squash has the consistency of spaghetti-like strands, which makes it a perfect pasta substitute. This is perfect for individuals who cannot eat gluten products, weight-watchers, or just plain vegetable lovers!

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: 4 lb. spaghetti squash yields approx. 4 cups
Whole Spaghetti Squash
Whole Spaghetti Squash | Source

Ingredients

  • One 4 lb. spaghetti squash
  • Non-stick spray
  • Large knife
  • Rectangular oven-safe pan
  • Aluminum foil
Spaghetti Squash Cut in Half
Spaghetti Squash Cut in Half | Source
Spaghetti Squash, Ready to Cook
Spaghetti Squash, Ready to Cook | Source
Scooping out the cooked spaghetti squash
Scooping out the cooked spaghetti squash | Source

Instructions

  1. Cut the spaghetti squash in half, long ways as shown.
  2. Using a large, sturdy spoon, remove all the seeds.
  3. In large oven-safe pan, line with aluminum foil and spray the pan with non-stick spray; then place the 2 spaghetti squash halves in the pan.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place pan with spaghetti squash halves in oven and cook for approximately 1 hour, or until squash is tender after inserting a fork.
  5. Let stand for 5-10 minutes to cool. Then, using a large fork, scoop out the inside of the spaghetti squash halves.
  6. Store the spaghetti squash in a microwaveable dish or pan until ready to serve. If you are serving your spaghetti squash as a side dish, it can be mixed with cooked vegetables, or merely seasoned with a dash of salt, pepper, basil, and garlic powder. Delicious!
Cooked Spaghetti Squash
Cooked Spaghetti Squash | Source

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 42
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 10 g3%
Sugar 4 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 28 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

1 cup of spaghetti squash also contains the following:

  • 3% of the daily requirement of vitamin A, iron and calcium
  • 8% of the daily requirement of vitamin B-6
  • 9% of the recommended dose of vitamin C

Part 2: Mock Spaghetti and Meatballs Dinner Recipe

Now that your spaghetti squash is cooked, here's how to create a hearty, healthy mock spaghetti with meatballs dinner. First, you’re need the following ingredients:

  • Cooked spaghetti squash (as prepared above)
  • Meatballs of your choice, homemade or purchased. Suggested favorite: Shelton’s Fully Cooked Frozen Turkey Meatballs
  • Tomato Sauce of your choice, homemade or purchased. Suggested favorite if no homemade sauce is on hand: Bertolli’s Marinara with Burgundy Wine
  • Optional: Grated Cheese, Basil Seasoning

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Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Ready in: 25 minutes

Yields: 4 dinners

Suggested Favorite: Shelton's Fully Cooked Frozen Organic Turkey Meatballs
Suggested Favorite: Shelton's Fully Cooked Frozen Organic Turkey Meatballs

Instructions

  1. Meatballs: If using Shelton’s Fully Cooked Frozen Turkey Meatballs, or other frozen, cooked meatballs, thaw the desired number of meatballs in microwave.
  2. Tomato Sauce: Simmer meatballs in tomato sauce, 10-15 minutes on low setting, or until sauce is hot and meatballs are fully heated.
  3. Serve: Place 1 cup of spaghetti squash on dinner plate, add meatballs, tomato sauce, and grated cheese if desired. I like to sprinkle freshly chopped basil, or basil seasoning, and a pinch of garlic powder.

Voila! You have just created, a healthy, hearty, delicious, and nutritious meal!!!

Enjoy. :-)

Mock Spaghetti (Made From Spaghetti Squash) with Meatballs
Mock Spaghetti (Made From Spaghetti Squash) with Meatballs | Source

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I've heard of this, but never tried it. Maybe I will, now. I'd use veggie mock meatballs, as well, myself.

      I have found that an ice cream scoop works really well for de-seeding large squash and melons such as canteloupe. ;-)

      Voted up, useful, interesting and starred.

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      Amelia Griggs 3 years ago

      Thanks for your comment, DzyMsLizzy. Glad to hear you liked the recipe. It's really quite delicious and I love to make it as an alternative to pasta, which I used to eat a lot more of. Now with this alternative, it's healthier and lighter!

      An ice cream scooper sounds like a great idea to remove the seeds. :-)

      Thanks for your vote and rating!

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      Dil Vil 3 years ago from India

      Looks delicious. Good recipe, thanks for the share. Great work!

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      Amelia Griggs 3 years ago

      It's definitely delicious, and so nutritious! Thanks, My Cook Book. Glad you like. :-)

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      Amanda Jones 3 years ago

      This looks very appetizing to me! Thanks for the share.

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      Amelia Griggs 3 years ago

      Thanks AmandaJon, your comment is much appreciated. :-)

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      I have heard of this and have been looking for a recipe. Thanks so much as I am anxious to give it a try.

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      Amelia Griggs 3 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by, Pamela. Yes give it a try. It is quick, easy and quite delicious. And you can use any type of meatballs or other topping, including more vegetables!

      Enjoy. :-)

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      Karen Shiley 3 years ago from Washington

      OK I just purchased a big ole spaghetti squash and I am going to cook it for dinner tonight. Thank you for posting this recipe.

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      Amelia Griggs 3 years ago

      Cool, thanks Shiley. You'll love it! Tasty and so healthy. :-)

      Enjoy!

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      Robert Loescher 2 years ago from Michigan

      Paleo diet and South Beach diet people will tell you that spaghetti squash is a delicious alternative to pasta. I am torn myself. On the one hand I want to reduce the amount of Carbs I eat. Spaghetti squash is perfect for that. On the other hand, I love a full plate of authentic pasta noodles. If you have never tried spaghetti squash though, you SHOULD! It is delicious and healthy.

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      Amelia Griggs 2 years ago

      Yes, very healthy, chefmancave, and of course, low in calories. I'm still love my dish of pasta with meatballs, but this is an excellent alternative which I substitute sometimes. Thanks for stopping by!

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