Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: Fake Out Spaghetti & Meatballs

Friday, August 6, 2010

Fake Out Spaghetti & Meatballs

I've been meaning to make my first batch of meatballs for sometime now. Yes, I've never made a homemade meatball from scratch.

There must be something wrong with me.


When I saw this recipe on Em's Homecookedem's blog, I knew I had to try them. I mean she did say they were her mama's homemade Italian meatballs and the recipe was genius, so I figured they were good.

Aside from that, my sister-in-law gave me a huge spaghetti squash and this gave me a chance to bake that up. I've never had spaghetti squash and I was excited to use it in place of spaghetti noodles.


Verdict - delicious. I really like spaghetti squash and will be using it in other things for sure!

Oh, and the meatballs were divine.

Fake Out Spaghetti & Meatballs
adapted from this recipe

Spaghetti Squash - cut vertically, remove seeds. Place face down on a large baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for one hour. When cool to handle, turn over, shred the inside pulp with a fork and this will give you your "spaghetti noodles".

Meatballs
1 lb. ground turkey or ground beef (I used turkey)
1/4 c. parmesan cheese
1 egg
1/2 c. whole wheat Italian style breadcrumbs
2 T. minced garlic
2 t. salt
1 t. pepper
1/2 c. milk
1 t. oregano
2 t. parsley

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, form into 1 in. sized meatballs. Either bake on a baking sheet at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, or let simmer in spaghetti sauce for 40 minutes.


Well, I did both. I'm a little leery of letting raw meat simmer in sauce...so I baked them first, then threw them in the pot of sauce and they simmered away for an hour while the spaghetti squash baked.

You need to try this dish, especially if you are doing that "no carb" thing (which I'm not!), it's a great filling meal, that leaves you satisfied.

So, guess what this weekend is for us? KOCH OLYMPICS!!!

What is that you say? Well, it is the annual gathering of my dad's side of the family. Two days of competitive, silly, weird games. Lots of drinking, lots of eating, and usually some blooper reels.

I'll be sure to bring back some pics!

27 comments:

  1. Oh, this looks so good! I've had spaghetti squash on my list of things to try soon! I've never had it and want to try! I've never made meatballs either! These look great!

    Have a great time this weekend!

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  2. Phew!! I'm so glad you liked the meatballs!! :) I always worry about how people will like recipes when I post them, but I'm glad to hear they were a success!! :)

    This is definitely a stretch, but I have a good friend with the last name Koch. Elissa? She's married to Joe and has 2 boys? Yeah, I'm sure there's no relation, but sometimes I have small world experiences, so it's worth a try! ;)

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  3. Em - yes, we loved the meatballs! None left!

    Koch is my maiden name, it's pronouced "cook"...don't know of an elissa...but gosh you never know she could be some long lost relative!

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  4. your meatballs are making me drool!

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  5. Spaghetti and meatballs are so comforting! Looks delicious!

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  6. Homemade meatballs are the best, I never buy the readymade ones anymore :)

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  7. What a great recipe - spaghetti squash is so much healthier than pasta!!

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  8. It is actually fascinating how well spaghetti squash replaces noodles - I don't even miss the noodles!

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  9. Hey, weird, I had spaghetti squash last night too! I love them. Although I had mine with a "cheese" sauce, your giant meatballs look so good. I love meatballs. Definitely underutilized in my life. ;)

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  10. Nice to meet another Iowa food blogger! Any chance you are going to Healthy Living Summit next week in Chicago? I was on standby, but finally got in!

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  11. i can never seem to make a good meatball...i guess i will have to try this one! and ive had spaghetti squash once and it was ok...perhaps ill give it another chance though!

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  12. There must be something wrong with me too! I never made meatballs before :p

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  13. ooh I love spaghetti squash but haven't yet tried it with spaghetti sauce and meatballs (and I've never made meatballs before either ;))

    I'll try this next time we're craving comfort food!

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  14. I only made spaghetti squash once and I didn't cook it long enough. I'm definitely going to try it again!

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  15. Yum, these meatballs do sound delicious...and I love subbing spaghetti squash in place of pasta now again. Great meal!! thanks so much for sharing it with Two for Tuesdays this week (don't forget to add in a link to one of the hosts so everybody can share in the REAL food love ;)...thank u) =)

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  16. I'd take spaghetti squash over pasta any day. Thank you for sharing with T4T.

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  17. These meatballs look yummy. The recipe seems to be nice and easy as well, thanks.

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  18. Spaghetti squash is such a great way to add veggies to the plate - I love spag. squash! Thanks for linking this to Two for Tuesdays!

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  19. Welcome to the two for tuesday recipe blog hop. Please place a link back to the blog hop so others can join in the fun. I do like spaghetti squash this way! Very cool.

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  20. I've never tried just using spaghetti squash in place of spaghetti like that! I've made two things on my blog that I really liked - one was a spaghetti squash boat where it was stuffed with sausage and veggies in the skin. The other was a casserole with quinoa. You should search my blog (top left corner) for them - I bet you'd like them too! :) Thanks for sharing with Friday Firsts and I'm glad you came up with a good idea to use that huuuge squash!

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  21. I've never tried just using spaghetti squash in place of spaghetti like that! I've made two things on my blog that I really liked - one was a spaghetti squash boat where it was stuffed with sausage and veggies in the skin. The other was a casserole with quinoa. You should search my blog (top left corner) for them - I bet you'd like them too! :) Thanks for sharing with Friday Firsts and I'm glad you came up with a good idea to use that huuuge squash!

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  22. Homemade meatballs are the best, I never buy the readymade ones anymore :)

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  23. Spaghetti squash is such a great way to add veggies to the plate - I love spag. squash! Thanks for linking this to Two for Tuesdays!

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  24. I'd take spaghetti squash over pasta any day. Thank you for sharing with T4T.

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  25. Phew!! I'm so glad you liked the meatballs!! :) I always worry about how people will like recipes when I post them, but I'm glad to hear they were a success!! :)

    This is definitely a stretch, but I have a good friend with the last name Koch. Elissa? She's married to Joe and has 2 boys? Yeah, I'm sure there's no relation, but sometimes I have small world experiences, so it's worth a try! ;)

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  26. What a great recipe - spaghetti squash is so much healthier than pasta!!

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