Make-Ahead Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Serving Size: 5 meatballs, 2/3 cup squash, and 2/3 cup sauce
  • Prep: 50 mins
  • Stand: 20 mins + Thaw 1 to 2 days
  • Freeze: Up to 3 months

Make-Ahead Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

Directions

  1. For meatballs, in a large bowl combine bulgur and 1/2 cup boiling water; let stand about 20 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed. Stir in egg, 1 teaspoon of the Italian seasoning, and the garlic. Add ground beef; mix well. Shape mixture into 1-inch meatballs.
  2. Lightly coat a very large skillet with cooking spray; heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; cook until browned, turning occasionally to brown evenly. Stir in tomatoes, sugar, crushed red pepper (if desired), salt, and the remaining 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 7 to 10 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken and meatballs are done (160 degrees F). Cool completely.
  3. Transfer meatballs and sauce to a freezer container; seal and freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. To serve, thaw meatballs and sauce in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days.
  5. Lightly coat the inside of spaghetti squash with cooking spray. Place squash halves, cut sides down, in a microwave-safe baking dish; add 1/4 cup water. Microwave, covered, on 100% power (high) about 15 minutes or until tender.* Cool slightly.
  6. Meanwhile, transfer meatballs and sauce to a large saucepan. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until heated through. Using a fork, remove squash pulp from shells. Serve meatballs and sauce over squash. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and, if desired, basil.

From the Test Kitchen

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If you prefer to bake the spaghetti squash, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat the inside of squash with cooking spray. Place squash halves, cut sides down, in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake about 50 minutes or until squash is tender. Cool slightly.

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Nutrition Facts (Make-Ahead Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs)

  • Per serving:
  • 281 kcal ,
  • 8 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat ,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 1 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 75 mg chol. ,
  • 809 mg sodium ,
  • 32 g carb. ,
  • 6 g fiber ,
  • 13 g sugar ,
  • 22 g pro.
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