Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Today, I am taking on my beast of a spaghetti squash that I purchased over the weekend at Eastern Market in DC.  They are not a vegetable that can be found all year round, so its best to really enjoy them while you can.  I deliberately chose the biggest one I could find because I’m cooking dinner for my large family.  Unfortunately, I am not strong enough to cut the squash before I bake it, so the hardest part about mastering the cooking process for me is plunging the knife inside and pulling it back out. (It needs to be skewered before baking so that it doesn’t explode).  It’s like The Sword in The Stone, and you can really work up a good sweat.  Bonus points to Mr Spaghetti Squash for providing dinner plus a work out.

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After he is well pronged, he bakes in the oven for about an hour at 375.°  When done, the seeds should be removed and then its easy to pull apart the strands with a fork. Hannah involuntarily volunteered to do this part for me.  We then stirred the oregano into the squash and set it aside.

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Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Slightly adapted from Roost

Ingredients

1 large spaghetti squash
2 lbs. grass-fed ground beef
1 jar of good tomato sauce or equivalent amount (abt. 5 cups) of homemade sauce
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
3 cloves of minced garlic
2 cage free eggs
1/2 cup of good parmesan cheese
1/2 cup asiago cheese, brimming over
1 1/2 tsp coarse salt
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

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In a frying pan, use 1 tbsp of butter to brown the onion and garlic.  Set aside some of the grated asiago cheese to dust over the plates before serving. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, eggs, cheese and parsley, onions, garlic, and salt and manually fold together until cohesive.  Add the second tablespoon of butter to the pan used to saute the onions and garlic.  Form the meat into large meatballs and brown in the pan.  Transfer the meatballs to a cooking tray and bake in the oven at 375° for about 20 minutes.  In the meantime, let the sauce and balsamic vinegar simmer on low heat in a large pot on the stove.  When the meatballs are done, add them to the sauce.  Serve over spaghetti squash and sprinkle with extra asiago cheese.  I used half asiago cheese instead of just using parmesan because of the rich flavor of the asiago.  It is a softer cheese than parmesan, however, so it will make the meatballs slightly cheesier…but delicious none the less.  Enjoy!

Comes to around 18 large meatballs or 24 medium size meatballs.

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Collette seems a little suspicious of the spaghetti squash in the picture above, but eventually she was won over.

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