spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest

bri’s really been shaping up her diet lately, eating lighter meals that are more balanced, lots of vegetables, less sugar, complex carbs instead of bread and rice, etc. and it’s positively impacting all of us around here. i find myself reaching for slightly healthier options now that i have her voice in my ear. funny how that works, someone close to you starts getting healthy and it inspires you to get going too. all it takes is one person to start a positive shift! she has been making lots of healthy meals at home that she’ll tell me about and one such meal was this spaghetti squash dish. i’m not really sure why i don’t think to make spaghetti squash more often, it’s so easy and delicious and it does (kinda) feel like you’re eating pasta. we paired ours with meatballs which is a go-to dish of ours, they’re such a flexible thing to make. you can add many different herbs, any type of ground meat, breadcrumbs or skip ’em and they always turn out moist and flavorful (these are still my favorite meatballs ever). when you’re baking your squash make sure to roast it cut side facing down (so it steams)! that’s a tip i didn’t know and it makes it much more tender. – joanie

spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest

what you’ll need: 
serves 3-5

• 2 spaghetti squash
• 4 cloves of garlic
• 1 cup Italian parsley
• 1 cup parm
• 2 cup cherry tomatoes
• 1 egg
• 1/2 a white or yellow onion finely chopped
• 1 pound  ground turkey
• olive oil
• salt + peper
• red pepper flakes

• start by heating your oven to 400 degrees. i like to poke holes down the center line with a knife and pop the squash in the microwave for 5 minutes (those things can be HARD to cut open!) this makes it easier and softens it a bit.

• cut the squash in half lengthwise, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and using the side of your knife crush two cloves of garlic into 4 pieces. rub the garlic inside the squash and then place inside each half. flip the squash over on the sheet pan and place in the oven to roast for 40 minutes. check to make it’s fully done by using a fork and seeing if you can easily spread the squash. if you feel any resistance put back in the oven. i like to wait till there is some browning happening on the sides. once cooked, turn oven down to 375 for the meatballs and tomatoes.

spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest
spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest
spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest
spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest

• while the squash cooks make the meatballs by combining the ground turkey, egg, 1/2 cup parsley, 1/2 cup parmesan, salt and pepper, chopped onion, 2 cloves of garlic grated into a bowl and mix by hand and then form 1″-2″ meatballs. heat a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat, once hot, add just enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan, add the meatballs (make sure you hear a sizzle sound), browning on all sides. once browned put them in the oven for 5-7ish minutes to make sure they are cooked through.

spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest
spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest

• for the tomatoes: wash and slice in half. place on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and a gentle sprinkle of red pepper flakes. place in the oven (still at 375) for about 5-7 minutes until they are blistered.

spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest
spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest
spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest

• flake your squash with two forks and put into bowls, top with meatballs, blistered tomatoes, a big drizzle of olive oil, parm and parsley. serve and enjoy!

spaghetti squash recipe | designlovefest

images by: ivan solis


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    Anonymous says:

    I’ll just try this weekend ! It likes delicious 😋
    I’ m a Spanish women and I love read your blog with such interesting tips and, at the same time I practise English. You are both fantastic girls, love your trips, your houses and all you do.

    bri says:

    you’re so sweet! thank you for your kind comment, Ana!

    Lauren says:

    Mmmm…I can’t wait to try this.

    happy wheels says:

    This is an awesome recipe. Made it exactly as directed…sooooo gooood!

    wow, the food looks so delicious and so wonderful. I really want to enjoy it. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    Molly says:

    yummy, this is so much mouthwatering. gonna give this recipe a try.

    John says:

    Wow yummy food!

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