Spaghetti Squash with Chicken-Mushroom and Pesto Meatballs



It's no secret that I love spaghetti and meatballs. Flavorful meatballs, braised in sweet tomato sauce, and then nestled on a bed of long strands of pasta is my idea of a perfect meal. I do like to mix things up a bit and decided to replace the pasta with a vegetable and prepared Spaghetti Squash with Chicken-Mushroom and Pesto Meatballs. The result was a deliciously-light version of one of my favorite meals. The tender meatballs, a flavorful blend of chicken, mushrooms, and pesto are the perfect complement to the squash. I like to serve them right in the squash so not only does it look great but it makes clean-up a breeze.


Ingredients for Spaghetti Squash with Chicken-Mushroom and Pesto Meatballs


2 spaghetti squash

1 pound ground chicken

4 cups tomato sauce, purchased is fine

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons pesto

1 egg

1 10-ounce package of mushrooms, stems removed and caps diced

2 teaspoons olive oil

kosher salt

black pepper

grated parmesan cheese


Time-Saving Tips: Prepare the meatballs earlier in the day and refrigerate in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined pan; bake before continuing. Or you can prepare and cook the meatballs and refrigerate until ready to use.


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Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper in 2 teaspoons of oil until dry; set aside to cool.


Combine the chicken, panko, mushrooms, egg, and pesto. Once combined shape into 40 meatballs and place them onto a parchment=lined cookie sheet. Bake the meatballs in a preheated 400-degree oven for 20 minutes. Transfer to a pot with sauce and simmer for 20-25 minutes until tender.


Cut the squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and brush the cut side of the squash with oil; liberally season with salt and pepper. Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven about 25-30 minutes. Using a fork shred the squash into spaghetti-like strands. Top each squash with sauce and meatballs; garnish with cheese.



It's ready! Spaghetti Squash with Chicken-Mushroom and Pesto Meatballs is irresistibly delicious. The meatballs are so flavorful are the perfect topping to this spaghetti-like squash.


Enjoy!


Spaghetti Squash with Chicken-Mushroom and Pesto Meatballs:

main dish


  • 2 spaghetti squash

  • 1 pound ground chicken

  • 4 cups tomato sauce, purchased is fine

  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons pesto

  • 1 egg

  • 1 10-ounce package of mushrooms, stems removed and caps diced

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • kosher salt

  • black pepper

  • grated parmesan cheese

  • Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper in 2 teaspoons of oil until dry; set aside to cool.

  • Combine the chicken, panko, mushrooms, egg, and pesto. Once combined shape into 40 meatballs and place them onto a parchment=lined cookie sheet. Bake the meatballs in a preheated 400-degree oven for 20 minutes. Transfer to a pot with sauce and simmer for 20-25 minutes until tender.

  • Cut the squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and brush the cut side of the squash with oil; liberally season with salt and pepper. Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven about 25-30 minutes. Using a fork shred the squash into spaghetti-like strands. Top each squash with sauce and meatballs; garnish with cheese.

  • Time-Saving Tips: Prepare the meatballs earlier in the day and refrigerate in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined pan; bake before continuing. Or you can prepare and cook the meatballs and refrigerate until ready to use.

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