spaghetti squash…better than the real thing

On my quest to eat more healthfully (for me and for baby who will be starting solids soon), I’ve been trying to find substitutes for my usually go to favs. Pasta is a big favorite of mine, all those carbs yum yum yum! I’ve heard of spaghetti squash I felt like it could be my replacement noodle in dishes. (I think it tastes better than any grain pasta ever!) I found a great recipe and made a few modifications and I can happily say that it is a yay!

(Modified) Paleo Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs paleo spaghetti

crockpot

1 spaghetti squash

1 pound of spicy sausage

1 can of tomato sauce 14 ounces (I use canned spaghetti sauce)

4 cloves of garlic

Pepper, oregano, basil and thyme (to taste I just dump it in)

Dump your tomato sauce, garlic, and seasonings into your crockpot. Give it a little stir. Slice the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Fit the squash into the crockpot face down and begin making meatballs. You can roll them into various sizes I usually get about 8 or 10 from a pound of sausage. Fit them in around the squash, making sure to cover them with sauce so they don’t burn. Throw the lid on and set the timer for 3-4 hours on high or 6 on low. Pull the squash out and pull (super easy to do) the guts out (this will be your spaghetti). I like to throw the spaghetti back in with the sauce and meatballs, stir it around and BAM there’s your dinner!

 

The original recipe I modified can be found here: http://paleopot.com/2013/03/stupid-easy-paleo-spaghetti-squash-meatballs/

6 thoughts on “spaghetti squash…better than the real thing

  1. Great idea to cook this in the crock pot. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Looks yummy!

  2. I tried this recipe tonight. The family was skeptical. Turns out they loved it and so did I. Definitely making this again!

  3. I love spaghetti squash. I bought some seeds so I could plant it this year, but unfortunately the veggie garden wasn’t finished yet, so I’ll have to wait until next year 🙁

    Great idea to use a crock pot. I didn’t have a pot big enough for the whole squash and had to cut it in half. As you can imagine, it was a bit messy…

    • My crockpot is fairly small also! I usually end up cooking half in the oven in an inch or 2 or water and the other half in the crockpot!

  4. I need to find Paleo recipes that are quick and easy. I think this one fits that criteria. Definately saving it for future reference. Thanks for sharing it on the Thumping Thursday bloghop.

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