Pesto Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash

First off, I am so proud of my Seahawks.  Beastmode is coming in full force next year.


Spaghetti squash is one of my favorite winter staples.  It’s delicious, satisfies my pasta cravings, and is low cal.  What’s not to love?  I love making my pesto meatballs because they’re quick and easy.  The hubs and coconut love when I make the dynamic duo of spaghetti squash and pesto meatballs!  I eat them as is together, but the hubs sometimes likes to add marinara.

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 pound ground meat (turkey, beef, etc.  I used organic, grass-fed beef)
  • 3/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1/2 onion, grated
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Pierce spaghetti squash all over with a fork or knife
  3. Place spaghetti squash on baking sheet and bake for about 50 minutes until it can be easily pierced with a knife
  4. Let cool, then cut in half.  Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and discard
  5. Use a fork to scrape the spaghetti strands.  Set aside.
  6. Heat large skillet to medium heat
  7. Put all ingredients except squash into a large bowl (tip: I like to chop the onion in my vitamix or grate it over the bowl)
  8. Mix all ingredients with your hands until combined
  9. Divide meat and roll into 1″ balls
  10. Place in skillet, turning often until desired doneness
  11. Serve meatballs and squash together.  Enjoy!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14584116708000826290 Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness

    Spaghetti squash is my favorite! I just made some yesterday to have on hand for the week! It’s really great with tomato sauce on it too!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14585681189196096870 Kelly Ann

    These look and sound amazing, I will have to try them!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05855186367396251716 Courtney Julie

    This sounds delicious. I’ve been meaning to make spaghetti squash for the kids this winter. I’m going to make this later this week. Thanks!
    http://www.thechirpingmoms.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09416618202806177773 Ashley @ this girl is… anratliff

    I haven’t tried spaghetti squash before. I see everyone raving about it so I’m gonna have to give it a try!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16618831528564187010 Jana

    Mmmm. I love using spaghetti squash in place of my spaghetti noodles. Those pesto meatballs sound great! I will most definitely have to try them out. :)

    Jana @ life could be a dream

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09406981131054110505 Shannon

    Sounds amazingly delicious.
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05098163816107827858 Cortney

    I’ve never had spaghetti squash!! I sure do love pesto though, sounds delish!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03933311040542595030 Sessy@NTSST

    Mmmmmmmm….LOVE pesto, I bet these are delish!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06375949700348955955 Ashley

    Yum…I love squash, will have to try this :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04505151886622126032 Mary Claire Cook

    I love spaghetti squash! Those meatballs sound amazing I will have to try them!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08155995780816962821 Lauren Hochleutner

    YUM!!! i totally make spaghetti squash too. I miss pasta but my tummy is much flatter without it

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11639715774296398992 Corine (@ComplicatedMama)

    Ive always wanted to try to make Spaghetti Squash! This looks delish!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04334309645700858081 Jill J @ Classy with a Kick

    Looks great. I have to try this! Just found you on the blog hop…excited to read more of your blog.

    jill
    Classy with a Kick

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15198291835026395127 Leenie

    Looks delicous! Saw you on Instagram :)

    Leenie
    http://www.undecidedmamas.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09210198702465305643 Terra

    I’ve been wanting to try this forever, and I finally bought a squash to give it a go. I feel like there are so many different ways I could mess it up! You’ve inspired me though, I’m putting it on my meal list for this week!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06970861995826218573 Parties & Cardis

    Looks yummy – I’ve been wanting to try spaghetti squash as a pasta substitute and this looks great! Trying out some new recipes on my blog – check it out :)

    http://www.partiesandcardis.com