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Spaghetti Squash “Bowls” with Meatballs & Sauce

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I am just in love with this super simple, delicious and creative recipe idea that I spotted over on Yummy Mummy… and yes, her pictures are far better than mine! πŸ˜‰

Basically you take a spaghetti squash, cut in half length-wise, drizzle olive oil on both sides, then bake at 400 degrees cut side down for about 35 minutes. Take out, let cool for a teeny bit and then take a fork to pull up all of the “spaghetti”.

Now you can top with sauce, meatballs, Romano cheese, basil… basically anything that you would normally top pasta with. Once finished, throw back in the oven and bake for just a few minutes. Seriously, so good and so easy!

…And if you are looking for a yummy meatball and sauce recipe, I share one here. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

My daughter, Piper, absolutely LOVED this meal! πŸ˜€

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  1. Chey

    Wish the hubby ate squash! may have to try this for my oldest munchkin and I. πŸ™‚

  2. Mary

    I find it difficult to cut the squash before I bake it. Any hints? Thanks for the recipe–I’m going to try it this week πŸ™‚

    • Elizabeth

      You can bake the squash whole (uncut) & just cut it when it’s finished baking..I’ve done both & haven’t noticed much of a difference in taste/texture/donenes, etc

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      I feel your pain… that’s why I have my hubby do this part! πŸ˜‰

      • Lyn

        I soften it up a bit by microwaving it for about 5 minutes….then I cut and bake.

        • Mary

          Thanks πŸ™‚

      • rachel

        Microwave it after poking it several time first. Cook it for a similar amount 15 min. The cut is still hard at the stem part. Hope this helps!

    • Denise

      Yes, tonight I found a new way to cut speghatti squash. On a cutting surface, insert a large serrated knife and turn/cut the squash~ zipping around it, so to speak. This method as opposed to trying to cut straight through.

  3. Elizabeth

    Collin, are you still doing Paleo? How often do you add dairy to your diet? I’m having a hard time eliminating my greek yogurt & cheese πŸ˜‰

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yep… I am eating primarily Paleo. However, I have added some dairy back into my diet. I will put a tiny bit of heavy cream in my coffee in the morning and then I occasionally use feta cheese to top salads and Romano cheese for this dish and others like it. I also will snack on Gouda cheese… love it! πŸ˜€

  4. Deborah

    Does the squash have the texture and flavor of pasta?

    • rachel

      No! but it is a good sub when low carbing or want to lower cal intake.

  5. Beverly

    I ordered a spaghetti squash and marinara dish at Ruby Tuesdays last Saturday night. It was really good and I thoroughly enjoyed it. They used a real heavy, thick sauce to complement the light taste of the squash and I think that was a good idea.

  6. Lucy Anne

    Piper is whoa cute!

    • jadenbru

      I agree! What a sweet little face!! πŸ™‚

  7. mandy

    This looks delish! Thanks for posting it, I’ve already bookmarked it. I haven’t tried it with red sauce before so I’m definately trying it. I tried just using butter and parmesean cheese and it was too rich for me. I think this will be really good. And it’s so creative!

  8. steph

    I will try it! Sure hope my kids like it as much as your little cutie!

  9. Colleen Machine

    Spaghetti Squash is also delicious if, after you bake it, you pull out all the “spaghetti” and throw it in a pan with a little bit of butter, grated cheese, and fresh herbs. It’s amazing how good it tastes. You don’t even need a lot of butter or cheese, just a tad. It’s so flavorful.

    • Mary

      Wow–that sounds really good! I am going to try it–thanks πŸ™‚

  10. Susie

    What, exactly, does spaghetti squash taste like? Anthing have a similar taste??

  11. Amy J

    When my father was “in charge” when I was little, this was always a staple meal. Spaghetti squash right from his garden!

  12. Suszy

    I dislike squash soo much; but this recipe sounds so good I’m goon to try it again! Thanks for sharing all these great healthy recipes! πŸ™‚

    • anna

      my hubby dislikes squash also and he won’t touch the spagetti squash that i make.

  13. treasure

    that looks so good!

  14. nicole

    ha ha that pick of your daughter is so cute.thanks.

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  16. mysweetlovestx

    Pretty little Piper ~ with her big ol meatball! Precious!
    I love spaghetti squash and forgot about it ~ this looks delish Collin! Going to buy one tomorrow,

  17. Rebecca

    your piper is adorable! πŸ™‚

  18. amy

    OMG! Piper is too cute!

  19. Krystal

    I’m not sure where to post this, but cooking post sounds good to me! I received my VitaCoast order today, I had ordered coconut oil since you talk about it in some of your recipes. When I opened it, it was all liquid; my question is it supposed to be like this, from what I see, other peoples are more solid. Also, do I need to store it in the refrigerator or will it keep in the cabinet? Thank you for answering!

    • mel

      It depends on the temperature. The colder it is, it will turn back to a solid. The hotter it is, it will turn to liquid. Either way its OK! I keep mine on the kitchen counter.

      • Krystal

        Ok thank you! It was sitting on the front porch all day in the sun and I though it was ruined. Clearly, I’ve never used it before and didn’t know what to expect πŸ™‚

  20. wendy

    she is so cute..

  21. Heather

    what a cutie pie! πŸ™‚

  22. Danielle

    Where do you find squash that big this time of year? All I can find are those little skinny yellow ones.

  23. ange23

    I love, love spaghetti squash!! I make mine with italian sausage

  24. Melissa

    looks yummy- and cute curtains Colin!

  25. Ashley

    Your daughter is so adorable.

    We’re going to try this tonight for dinner my boyfriend decided to try it even though he’s not big on squash. I love your recipes!

  26. Gabriela

    That is one adorable little girl πŸ™‚

  27. Sandra

    The recipe looks good but I’m really writing because Piper is so stinkin’ cute!!!

  28. ashley

    You can also microwave it if your in hurry! Cut in half, skin side facing up, in a inch of water for about 8 minutes. I don’t notice a difference. I love to top it with beef bolognaise!

  29. TXWife

    Love squash! We’ve been eating squash this way for a while and love it! It’s so simple and easy, especially when squash is in season. πŸ˜‰ Collin, your daughter is way too cute!

  30. Mayra

    Piper is too cute!

  31. Dee

    Collin check out her blog today has a recipe for Spaghetti and meaball Bites… same concept just prepared a little diffrent for end result! You make in muffin pan or silicone muffin cups!! So cute for the kids!! Looks like an egg in a bird nest!

  32. Marina {}

    Just wanted to say hello and I’m so so happy you and your sweet family enjoyed my recipe. Thanks for the credit and linking to πŸ™‚

  33. Jessica

    you should get that picture of Piper put onto a canvas next time someone offers a great deal & hang it in your kitchen!! she’s too cute πŸ˜€

    • christa

      I agree! She is so beautiful!

  34. Demry Hardesty

    Hi Collin, First of all I want to say thank you for all that you do. I love Hip2Save! Anyway, my 7 year old daughter just got diagnosed with celiac disease so now I am really paying attention to your gluten free deals and recipes. I made your spaghetti squash bowls with your meatballs and sauce last night and everyone LOVED it. It was a great, healthy and a fun meal. Thank you for all that you do!

  35. Kelly

    Hi Collin. I tried this last night. I loved it! But two things my kids didn’t like…maybe you can help me with. #1 – it was a bit watery. What do I do to reduce that? #2 – they like their noodles soft so these were a bit “crunchier” than they like. Is there anything I can do to help that? Thanks.

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