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Spaghetti Squash Meatball Casserole

One of our favorite comfort food dinners is spaghetti and meatballs. We're crazy about this lighter, healthier version that features so many veggies and has the same beloved flavors! —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 4 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups chopped collard greens
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 cup reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup pasta sauce
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • Cut squash lengthwise in half; discard seeds. Place halves on a microwave-safe plate, cut side down. Microwave, uncovered, on high until tender, 15-20 minutes. Cool slightly.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Mix 1/4 teaspoon salt with remaining seasonings; add to beef, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. In a large skillet, brown meatballs over medium heat; remove from pan.
  • In same pan, heat oil over medium heat; saute onion until tender, 3-4 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in collard greens, spinach, ricotta cheese and remaining salt; remove from heat.
  • Using a fork, separate strands of spaghetti squash; stir into greens mixture. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with tomatoes, meatballs, sauce and cheese. Bake, uncovered, until meatballs are cooked through, 30-35 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 362 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 618mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 7g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.