Spaghetti Squash & Turkey Meatballs

You can recreate your momma’s favorite spaghetti & meatballs, without the starch. With a good sauce and meatballs, you’ll barely tell the difference!


  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Yellow onion
  • Spaghetti squash - $2.00 at Trader Joes
  • Can of diced tomato
  • Olive oil
  • Italian seasoning mixture - $1 Trader Joe's, can be used for months
  • Salt/pepper
  • Turkey meatballs from Trader Joe's (frozen section)
  • Optional: Parmesan cheese & red pepper flakes


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Step 2: Cut the spaghetti squash in half with a sharp knife. Scoop the middle section out with a spoon (much like carving a pumpkin) and toss it in the trash. Lay both hallowed halves face down on an oven-safe pan, in a thin layer of water.

Step 3: Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes. You’ll know when it’s fully cooked if the stringy spaghetti-like squash noodles gather easily when grazed with a fork. They should appear like typical spaghetti noodles.

Step 4: While the squash is cooking, mince 4 cloves of garlic and sautée them in a saucepan with olive oil under they are golden brown.

Step 5: Dice the onion into cubes and add it to the garlic. Tip: If you are only eating one half of the spaghetti squash, only use half an onion. If you are planning on serving both halves, use the entire onion.

Step 6: Open the can of diced tomato and pour it into the saucepan. Generously sprinkle the Italian seasoning over the mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 7: Let the mixture sit and simmer until the squash is fully cooked. Pour the sauce over the spaghetti squash noodles.

Step 8: For added protein add meatballs! You can either microwave or cook them alongside the spaghetti squash in the oven. See instructions on the bag.

Step 9 (optional): Add parmesan cheese or pepper flakes for an added kick.

A few additional tips:

  • Cooking for two? Save the hassle of dirty dishes and eat out directly out of the squash shell!
  • Don’t have time to make the homemade sauce this time? Buy a yummy jar of tomato sauce to top the noodles… just look out for sauces with lots of added sugar! 

By Lily Boyar