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For a lighter take on spaghetti and meatballs, try this roasted spaghetti squash recipe. Lean beef and bulgur meatballs mix with fire-roasted tomatoes for a tasty and nutritious topping that will make you skip your standard spaghetti recipes this week.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly coat inside of the spaghetti squash with cooking spray. Place squash halves, cut sides down, on a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake about 50 minutes or until squash is soft. Let cool slightly. Use a fork to separate the strands of squash.

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  • Meanwhile, for meatballs, place bulgur in a large bowl. Pour the boiling water over bulgur; let stand about 20 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed. Add egg, ground beef, garlic, and 1 teaspoon of the Italian seasoning. Mix to combine. Shape into 1-inch meatballs.

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  • Lightly coat a very large skillet with cooking spray; heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs to hot skillet; cook until browned, turning occasionally to brown evenly. Add tomatoes, sugar, crushed red pepper (if desired), the 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 cooked through (160°F).*

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  • Serve meatballs and sauce over squash. Top with grated Parmesan cheese. If desired, sprinkle with basil.

*Tip:

The internal color of a meatball is not a reliable doneness indicator. A beef meatball cooked to 160°F is safe, regardless of color. To measure the doneness of a meatball, insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of the meatball.

Nutrition Facts

281 calories; 8 g total fat; 3 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 1 g monounsaturated fat; 75 mg cholesterol; 809 mg sodium. 297 mg potassium; 32 g carbohydrates; 6 g fiber; 13 g sugar; 22 g protein; 1506 IU vitamin a; 38 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 3 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 32 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 141 mg calcium; 4 mg iron;

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