How to Make a Low Carb Pasta Dinner

Pasta is a staple of classical Italian cuisine but the carbohydrates present in it make it a high calorie food item. Whole wheat pasta is low in calories but high in carbohydrates and minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. If you are a pasta lover and want to make a low-carb pasta dinner, try making it with spaghetti–squash and meatballs. To make four servings of this recipe, you will need just one packet of noodles of your choice and hardly 4 tablespoons of olive oil. So make this dish for your family and enjoy a healthy low-carb pasta dinner.

Prep time: 8 to 10 min
Bake time: 60 to 70 min
Total time: 1 hour 20 min
Yield: 4 servings
Utensils: Oven, cutting board, sharp knife, sauce pan, cheese grater.

Ingredients:
medium-sized spaghetti squash: 2
Olive oil
Salt & pepper: To taste
Marinara sauce: 1 cup
meatballs (or 1 batch Sneaky Meatballs made with turkey OR beef): 1lb
Shredded mozzarella cheese: 1 cup
Egg noodles: 1 packet
Pasta sauce: As required

Instructions

  • 1

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • 2

    Thoroughly wash the spaghetti squash and pat dry it with a clean paper towel.

  • 3

    Using the tip of a sharp knife, pierce the squash several times around the centre and then microwave it for three minutes, turning it upside down once. Microwaving the squash will make it easy for you to cut it.

  • 4

    Using a super sharp knife, cut the squash half lengthwise, and remove the seeds with the help of a spoon.

  • 5

    Place the two halves of the spaghetti squash on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper and sprayed with vegetable shortening. Place the squash on the sheet so that its cut side is facing upwards.

  • 6

    Apply olive oil on the flesh of the squash and season it with salt and pepper.

  • 7

    Place the baking dish in the oven, preheated at 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the squash pulp comes out clean.

  • 8

    While your squash is being roasted, prepare your meat balls and cook them the way you like.

  • 9

    Also cook your egg noodles until al dente, following the package directions. Drain the pasta in a sieve and put aside.

  • 10

    Remove the squash from the oven and let it set for 10 minutes. Once the spaghetti squash is cool enough to handle, scrape its pulp thoroughly using a fork. Scrape the flesh until you get spaghetti like strands.

  • 11

    Once the entire squash pulp has been freed and fluffed, spread the boiled noodles over it.

  • 12

    Drizzle some pasta sauce over the noodles and top them with four meat balls.

  • 13

    Pour ¼ cup marinara sauce over the meat balls and cover them with finely grated mozzarella cheese.

  • 14

    Broil the stuffed squash for 4 to 7 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.

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