Skinny Spaghetti and Meatballs

Enjoy this comfort food guilt-free.

Who doesn’t love spaghetti and meatballs? The former vegan in me is shaking her head…lol!

When I found grass fed, organic, lean ground beef at Sprouts this meatball recipe was my natural conclusion. It’s filled with lots of chopped organic veggies that add flavor and bonus nutrients.

Instead of using carbohydrate-filled noodles all you need it one large spaghetti squash. The wholesome, natural stands of squash make this dish low-carb and guilt free.

To make this recipe even more awesome, you can throw the ingredients into your crock pot in the morning, and then come home to a delicious smelling, ready-to-eat dinner!

Skinny Spaghetti and Meatballs
A Recipe by Diana Keuilian
5.0 from 1 reviews

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INGREDIENTS
Serves 12

For the Noodles:
  • Spaghetti Squash
For the Meatballs
  • 2 pounds lean, organic, grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 pound lean, sweet turkey sausage
  • 4 celery stalks, diced 
 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 3 omega-3, eggs
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • 2 Tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • *Optional: handful of olives
For the Sauce
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • Splash of white wine
  • 2 cups fresh basil, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Dash of salt and pepper
INSTRUCTIONS

For the Noodles
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Wash spaghetti squash and poke all over with a knife. Place directly on the middle oven rack and bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Once cooled, slice in half and remove the seeds. Scoop the spaghetti squash strands out with a large spoon, set aside in a bowl.
For the Meatballs
  1. Throw all of the meatball ingredients into a large bowl and mix with your hands. Form into large, golf ball sized meatballs.
For the Sauce
  1. Combine all of the sauce ingredients into a medium bowl and mix well.
Cook with Crockpot: Place the meatballs in your slow cooker. Cover with the sauce and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Cook with stovetop: Place meatballs in a large pot. Cover with sauce and cook, covered, over low heat for 2-3 hours.
  1. Place a scoop of spaghetti squash noodles on each plate, top with meatballs and some sauce and then throw on a few olives.
NUTRITION

Calories: 266     Fat: 12 g     Carbohydrates: 14 g     Sodium: 426     Fiber: 4 g     Protein: 26 g    

 

  • Protein-packed meatballs nestled on low-carb noodles….yum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s another yummy meatball recipe and a vegan meatball recipe:

Real Healthy Olive-Stuffed Meatballs

Gourmet Spaghetti Squash with Italian White Beans and Savory Nut-balls

Comments

  • tina January 6, 2013 at 5:00 am

    this looks and sounds awesome, but how much is a serving with meat? 1/2 c “pasta” with one or two meatballs? thanks for your help!

    • Diana January 8, 2013 at 7:50 pm

      Hi Tina,
      That is correct. 2 meatballs with a scoop of noodles 🙂

  • Jane December 20, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Tried this recipe last night for the first time and it was amazing, so delicious and my husband loved it, I’ve been trying to get him to eat healthier….can’t wait to try more recipes!

    • Diana December 22, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Awesome, so glad that you tried it and that you both enjoyed! Happy Cooking!

  • Virginia December 29, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Hi I am really trying to follow your recipes but need help with weekly preparations… Can you give me a short version of what I can freeze, cut and so forth for easier weekly prep.

    Thanks So much your recipes are in the process of helping me change my life.

    • Diana January 5, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      Hi Virginia, congrats on eating healthier! You can prep many of your recipes for the week by doing the washing and chopping, and by creating spice blends. This is a great topic for discussion and is an area that I’m spending a lot of time working on to help others like yourself prep and eat healthy meals throughout the week. In a few months I’m opening a members only section of my blog with tools and resources for menu planning and weekly meal prep! Happy Cooking! 🙂

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