Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs in Marinara Sauce

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A classic home cooked favorite of most people I think, is spaghetti and meatballs.  The marinara sauce is the easiest thing to convert into a paleo rendition, but the other two are well known foods that contain flours and other sorts of non paleo fare.  The most common way around the spaghetti (and most pastas) is using the spaghetti squash.  The meatballs can be a little tricky sometimes but when done right, you’d never know the difference.

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs in Marinara Sauce
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Serves: 4
Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 large spaghetti squash, halved and seeded
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Using your hands, combine all ingredients except for basil and marinara sauce in a large mixing bowl. If you allow the meat to come to room temperature beforehand, this process will feel a lot less cold and will be much more comfortable.
  2. Once thoroughly and evenly mixed, form into meatballs (fairly large, about the size of a lacrosse or tennis ball) and place them in the bottom of your crock pot.
  3. Cover meatballs with marinara sauce, sprinkle with basil and cook on low for about 6 or 7 hours.
  4. With about an hour to go on the meatballs preheat oven to 375° F.
  5. Place squash rind side up on a baking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes or until tender.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool slightly for about 5-10 minutes.
  7. Using a fork, scrape the flesh side of the squash to create pasta like strands.
  8. Serve with meatballs and marinara sauce. Enjoy!

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  1. Yum! We often use spaghetti squash for our “noodles”, but haven’t found a recipe for meatballs that was good-will try it!

  2. Nice! Protip: When I want to cook a spaghetti squash I just poke a few holes in it and pop it into the slow cooker with whatever’s already cooking in there. Still pretty easy to scoop out the seeds and strings even after it’s cooked!

    • FreeRange Human says:

      That sound interesting! I’ll definitely have to try that method next time to see how it works! Thanks!


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