Spaghetti Swap & Meatballs Recipe


Submitted by hungrygirl_lisa

Makes 2 servings



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Recipe Ingredients for Spaghetti Swap & Meatballs

1 spaghetti squash (about 4.5 lbs.)
6 oz. raw extra-lean ground beef
2 tbsp. fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1/2 cup finely diced onion
1/2 cup finely diced carrot
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes, or more to taste
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
4 tsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping

Recipe Directions for Spaghetti Swap & Meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Microwave whole squash for 3 - 4 minutes, until soft enough to cut. Halve lengthwise; scoop out and discard seeds. Fill a large baking pan with 1/2 inch water and place squash halves in the pan, cut sides down. Bake until tender, about 40 minutes.

  3. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

  4. Thoroughly mix meatball ingredients (ground beef through salt and black pepper) in a large bowl. Evenly form into 6 meatballs and place on the baking sheet, evenly spaced. Bake until just cooked through, about 10 minutes.

  5. Use a fork to scrape out squash strands. Place in a strainer to drain excess moisture. Blot dry, if needed. Transfer to another large bowl and cover to keep warm.

  6. Bring a medium pot sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion and carrot until slightly softened, 6 - 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 - 2 minutes. Add all remaining sauce ingredients except Parm-style topping (crushed tomatoes through cumin); stir to combine. Add meatballs and bring sauce to a low boil. Reduce heat to low. Gently stirring occasionally, simmer until veggies have softened and meatballs are hot, about 8 minutes.

  7. Add sauce to spaghetti strands and stir to coat. Serve topped with meatballs and Parm-style topping!

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories
327
Calories from Fat
54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
6.0g
9%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Sodium
775mg
32%
Total Carbohydrates
45.0g
15%
Dietary Fiber
9.0g
36%
Sugars
19.0g
Protein
26.0g
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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