Who doesn't like a meatball? This is a healthier version that uses lean ground turkey breast instead of the usual beef pork combo and spaghetti squash instead of pasta.
For the sauce, I'm pretty flexible. I just use whatever fresh herbs I have lying around and then supplement with dried ones. For this I used fresh thyme, fresh savory and dried oregano which went well with the meatballs.
Herbed Turkey Meatballs over Roasted Spaghetti Squash + Simple Tomato Sauce
2 spaghetti squashes
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1 shallot, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
fresh thyme leaves, from 5 sprigs
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
2 tablespoons milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 lb lean ground turkey breast
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
for the sauce
1 small yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
fresh herbs and dried herbs
1/4 teaspoon dried red chile flakes
28 oz tin crushed tomatoes
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Heat oven to 375. Cut each squash in half lengthwise, scoop out and discard seeds. Lightly oil, salt and pepper squash halves. Place cut side down on a large baking sheet and roast about 45 minutes or until done. (A fork will easily pierce the skin and flesh.)
Meanwhile, get the sauce going. In a small pot, heat a splash of olive oil and saute onion until soft, about 8 minutes. Add garlic, herbs and chile flakes, cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes and simmer, 20 - 30 minutes. Finish with salt and pepper.
While the sauce is simmering get the meatballs going. In pan, heat a splash olive oil and saute shallot until clear and soft, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and saute 1 minute more. Add thyme, chile flakes, oregano and fennel seeds, cook 1 minute more. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine milk, egg, and bread crumbs. Add shallot mixture, turkey, grated cheese, salt and pepper. Mix ingredients with clean hands until evenly distributed. Form into 1 inch meatballs, there will be about 12.
Heat a splash of oil in a pan on the stove and add meatballs. Turn frequently to cook all sides, cooking for about 10 minutes until internal temperature of meatballs reads 165 degrees.
Sear/brown all sides of meatballs in skillet on the stove. Place in 375 degree oven and bake for 8 minutes or until internal temperature reads 165 degrees on a meat thermometer.
Remove squash from oven when done. Let sit until cool enough to handle. Use a fork to scrape out flesh into serving bowls. Discard skins. Season with salt and pepper. Top with sauce and meatballs.