AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, I LOVE SPAGHETTI. BUT SOMETIMES I WANT TO SATISFY THAT CRAVING WITHOUT ALL THE CARBS. AND HERE IS HOW I DO IT....SPAGHETTI SQUASH. WHEN SPAGHETTI SQUASH COOKS, ITS FLESH SHREDS UP INTO "NOODLE" LIKE SHAPES SIMILIAR TO SPAGHETTI. UNLIKE MANY OTHER SQUASHES IT IS FAIRLY BLAND, NOT SWEET AT ALL AND SO IT WILL TAKE TO A MARINARA OR RAGU VERY WELL. THE "NOODLES" HAVE A SLIGHT CRUNCH TO THEM BUT ARE STILL VERY TENDER. I HAVE ANOTHER RECIPE FOR SPAGHETTI SQUASH "MAC N' CHEESE" THAT I AM DYING TO TRY OUT...LOOK FOR THAT VERY SOON.
3 SPAGHETTI SQUASH, cut in half and seeded
28 oz. CAN TOMATO SAUCE
Pre-heat oven to 400*
Place the squash cut side down on a large baking sheet
Add just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. This will help steam the squash while it cooks.
After about 30-45 minutes check the squash by piercing the flesh with a knife. If it goes all the way through to the skin then it is done. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly
Using a fork, shred the squash flesh into strands. Reserve the empty "shell" if you would like to use it as a serving bowl.
If you made meatballs, remove them from the pan at this point and set aside. Toss in the squash to the sauce and remove from heat. Serve inside the reserved shell with the meatballs.
These meatballs could be considered paleo if it weren't for the little bit of breadcrumbs used. You could probably omit the breadcrumbs, but run the risk of them falling apart. And don't be scared of the apple sauce used in place of the egg, it works. Because it is unsweetened you don't even detect it and it helps keep them moist.
1 LB. GROUND TURKEY
1 LB. GROUND PORK
1 CARROT, peeled and shredded
1 MEDIUM ONION, peeled and grated
1 TSP. ONION POWDER
1 TSP. GARLIC POWDER
4 TBS. UNSWEETENED PLAIN APPLE SAUCE
2 TBS. BREADCRUMBS
2 TSP. SEA SALT AND PEPPER
A handful of FRESH BASIL, chopped
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
Shape your meatballs to the size you like.
In a large sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat.
Add the meatballs to the pan, be careful not to overcrowd. Do this in batches if needed
When all the meatballs are browned on all sides add tomato sauce and simmer for 20 minutes, rotating them occasionally.
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