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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


Credit: Andy Lyons

Recipe Summary

30 mins
20 mins
50 mins
1 hr 40 mins
about 30 meatballs, 4 cups spaghetti squash, 3 3/4 cups sauce


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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.

  • 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.

  • 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).*

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


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; fat 8g; cholesterol 75mg; saturated fat 3g; carbohydrates 32g; mono fat 1g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 6g; sugars 13g; protein 22g; vitamin a 1506.3IU; vitamin c 37.8mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 2.6mg; vitamin b6 0.3mg; folate 32.3mcg; vitamin b12 0.1mcg; sodium 809mg; potassium 297mg; calcium 141.4mg; iron 4.1mg.