Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meatballs and Spinach

INGREDIENTS

 

  • 1 spaghetti squash (about 3 pounds), halved lengthwise
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 ounce grated Parmesan cheese (3 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon dried breadcrumbs
  • 8 ounces lean ground turkey
  • 8 ounces mixed mushrooms, such as shiitake, crimini, and oyster, cut 1/4 inch thick (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
  • 4 oz spinach, washed well

DIRECTIONS

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Season cut sides of squash with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bake, cut sides down, on a baking sheet until tender, about 45 minutes. Let stand until cool enough to handle. Scrape flesh into strands using a fork. Let drain, covered to keep warm, in a colander set over a bowl.

Meanwhile, heat 1 teaspoon oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic, stirring, until soft but not brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Add oregano; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Divide mixture between 2 bowls.

Stir 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese into 1 bowl of onion-garlic mixture. Mix in breadcrumbs, turkey, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper using your hands. Form mixture into 12 balls.

To Simply Roast Spaghetti Squash

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Brown meatballs, turning, 4 to 6 minutes; transfer to a plate. Add remaining teaspoon oil to skillet. Cook mushrooms, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper, adding a few tablespoons water if skillet browns too quickly, until soft and beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add remaining bowl of onion-garlic mixture, meatballs, and stock; bring to gentle simmer. Cook, partially covered, until meatballs are cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Add spinach; cook until just wilted, about 1 minute. Divide squash and meatball mixture into 4 servings. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. With a small sharp knife, prick squash all over. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until tender when pierced with knife, about 1 hour 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. When cool enough to handle, halve lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Scrape squash with a fork to remove flesh in long strands.Follow this recipe, then use the strands of spaghetti squash to make other dishes like Roasted Squash with Parmesan and Herbs, Spaghetti Squash with Garlic or Spaghetti Squash and Red Sauce.

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