When I was a kid, spaghetti, or as I called it, basketti, was a super regular on the menu. Mom made it because it was easy. Who can blame her. We were a handful. I used to get tired of it, we had it so much. Which is CRAAAAAZY. Because now, well aside from just plain trying not to eat pasta, I crave spaghetti like there's never going to be spaghetti ever again. Like I'd wake up one day and I was like oh spaghetti sounds good, and mike said what is spaghetti? What are noodles? WHAT IS SPAGHETTI SAUCE?! Oh, the horror. Luckily, I've discovered spaghetti squash, 10 years after it was popular. So what. I discovered it. And I feel like Christopher Columbus of spaghetti. Stretch? Maybe. Not to me.
And who eats spaghetti WITHOUT meatballs? Jokers. That's just insane behavior.
I, Christopher Spaghetti Columbus, give to you the greatest, heartiest, cheesiest week night meal that is perfectly Italiano-esque but is also low carb. You're welcome. Put that stuff on a steel sign and hang it as you enter the city. Let it be known. It is here.
You will need:
1 spaghetti squash
1 cup basil marinara sauce
1 cup mozzarella, shredded
10 meatballs - we used frozen meatballs from trader joe's (hey, I'm eating lowish carb, I can eat 5!)
Follow my simple, how-to for spaghetti squash here!
Once the spaghetti squash is complete, FORK ITTTT. Shred it up every which way. Then fluff it up and add it back to the "squash boat" where it came from.
Follow the directions for your meatballs. You can microwave them to save time (typically 4-6 minutes), bake them on 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or cook them IN the basil marinara stovetop until fully cooked through.
Turn oven to broil after the sauce, balls and squash are all ready to go!
Sprinkle garlic powder on the inside of the spaghetti squash. I'm liberal with garlic powder.
Top each of the fluffed spaghetti squashes with half a cup of sauce and 5 meatballs each. Then top that with shredded mozzarella. Half a cup each!
Pop them in the oven on broil. Keep an eye on them, broiling is serious biz. Let the cheese get bubbly with a hint of brown and then they're all set!
Take them out. Pine over it. Look at it lovingly. Blow it a kiss. Drool. Then devour. Straight out of the boat!
Followed by not feeling bloated and sleepy like pasta makes us all feel!
Then lay around a bit. Then take your dog to the park to walk. Or cat. Or significant other. Boyfriends need a good walking, too.