Reader Recipe: SANE Spaghetti (Squash) & Meatballs

Start with 1-2 large spaghetti squashes, cut in half, and take out seeds, bake for 40 mins at 350 (it’s better if it’s not too mushy).

While it’s baking prepare meat balls and tomato sauce.

Meat Balls

  • 2lbs lean hamburger (use paper towels to drain excess fat)
  • 2/3rds cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup ground flax
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 pkg onion soup mix
  • 1 tsp chili powder

Mix it all together and make 2″ balls, place on cookie sheets and cook for 30 min or until done at 350 degrees.


  • 2 large cans of tomatoes, puree.  Use a blender if the tomatoes are larger chunks
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • chopped peppers (optional)
  • garlic salt,  Italian spices, Salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh basil to taste

Bring to a low boil and simmer for 20 mins.  Add meatballs when they are cooked.

Pull spaghetti from the squash when cooked and serve sauce and meat balls over the SANE “spaghetti.”

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5 replies
  1. JoAnn
    JoAnn says:

    I use spaghetti squash all the time in place of pasta. You can cut it in halfmicrowave for 8 minutes with a little water instead of baking. No Oodles is also a reasonable and I believe SANE substitute.

  2. Phil
    Phil says:

    Mmmm, the meatballs sound good. I’ve found the spaghetti squash to be kind of a pain to prepare. When I need a spaghetti fix, I just dice up some zucchini, cook it, and use it in place of pasta.

    • Jonathan
      Jonathan says:

      I’ve been using cooked spinach all over the place recently. Just last night I used it in place of noodles in a Spaghetti & Meatballs type dish and found it more satisfying and enjoyable than plain old noodles. Getting 5-6 servings of non-starchy vegetables from “Spaghetti” wasn’t too shabby either :) – Jonathan Bailor

  3. Johnathan G
    Johnathan G says:

    Another option is to switch to Zucchini or Summer Squash noodles! Grab a mandolin and start slicing. Sometimes called Zoodles or Squoodles haha. I’ve been using them for over a year now and actually prefer it to pasta. Takes a little less prep time than the butternut squash.

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