These bite-sized cupcakes made from spaghetti squash are a tasty alternative to traditional spaghetti and meatballs.
At the next birthday party I attend, I’m going to give the special birthday person her very own plate of Spaghetti Squash and Meatball Cupcakes.
These plump, juicy meatballs, each neatly nestled in a spaghetti squash “wrapper”, are inspired by PaleoOMG’s Spaghetti and Meatball Bites and are a perfect little present of Italian-inspired delight.
As much as I luuuuuuv a big plate of pasta (carbs are my spirit food), I recognize that it’s important to eat it in moderation. Though I don’t have any dietary restrictions, I know many others who are unable to enjoy classic noodles for a variety of reasons that range from gluten intolerance to dietary choices.
Spaghetti squash is a tasty, healthy alternative. A pasta lover to the core, I found I enjoyed these even more with the squash than I would have with traditional noodles. The squash provides a natural sweetness and tenderness that blends beautifully with the hearty meatball and robust tomato sauce.
Gather up the ingredients, and let’s make these! Begin with a large spaghetti squash, split and scooped out in the center, classic Italian parsley and Parmesan cheese, and Muir Glen Organic Tomato Sauce.
Brush the squash with a trio of olive oil, salt and pepper, then pop it into the oven to become all sweet and soft and roasty. While the squash does its thang, assemble and cook the meatballs. I used a blend of super lean (93%) ground beef, fresh Parmesan cheese, and parsley, along with eggs and breadcrumbs to moisten and bind them. Then, I simmered the meatballs in the Muir Glen tomato sauce for extra flavor. The result is an ultra juicy, beefy ball that’s low in fat but big on flavor.
Now, the fun part: Playing with our food! Quickly scrape the inside of the squash with a fork to form the “spaghetti”, then make a cute little nest inside the wells of a standard muffin tin.
Nestle one meatball inside each cup, pour a bit of egg white over the tops to bind the squash, then bake. The egg whites “set” the squash around each meatball, turning them into yummy, tender, paleo-friendly bites.
Spaghetti Squash Meatball Bites might just be the best birthday gift ever. After all, what other present comes in its own edible wrapping paper?