Recipe- Spaghetti Squash With Turkey Meatballs

Serafina's Vittorio Assaf, Caroline, and Peter K

I shot a fun video at the world famous Serafina Restaurant in NYC, highlighting their best vegetable dishes (plant based).  One dish really stood out;  VEGETARIAN PLATTER Spaghetti squash with sautéed mixed vegetables, pine nuts & tomato sauce.

Serafina's Spaghetti Squash Dish

It’s the first time I tried spaghetti squash; my friend’s been pushing me to try it, she even bought me one that rotted in my fridge :-( .

I loved the dish, bought a spaghetti squash, (you can find it in most supermarkets), and found a simple recipe online, using my favorite jar of prepared tomato sauce (Rao’s).   It was delicious and the kids loved it!  I do like making my own sauce but when time’s not on your side, Rao’s is my trusted go to sauce.

Makes enough for 4, one cup servings. pictures are below.


  • spaghetti squash- 1, halved lengthwise and seeds removed
  • extra virgin olive oil- enough to drizzle
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • tomato sauce- homemade or your favorite jarred- 2-3 cups
  • turkey meatballs- homemade or frozen- recipe coming soon
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle cut sides of squashes with oil; season with salt and pepper. Place cut sides up on a baking sheet. Bake until a fork easily pierces the skin, 50 – 60 minute. Remove from oven and let cool enough to handle.
  2. Heat tomato sauce in large pot, or make from scratch.
  3. Turkey meatball recipe coming tomorrow- Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Working in 2 batches, cook the meatballs until evenly browned, turning often, about 6 minutes. Repeat with remaining meatballs. Transfer meatballs to the sauce, and simmer until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Don’t overcook.
  4. When the squashes are cool enough to handle, scrape the flesh of each squash with a fork into strands, and place into a large bowl. Serve topped with meatballs and sauce. Bon Appetit!

Place squash face down in oven


Use a fork to scrape out the squash

The finished dish


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