Instant Pot Turkey Meatballs & Spaghetti Squash
*Non-instant pot instructions also included!*
Ok, so I feel like I'm finally going steady with my Instant Pot. At first I was pretty intimidated by it. I let it sit in my cabinet for months before getting up the courage to try it out. Now that I'm comfortable with it, we really understand each other. I tell it what to do, and it listens perfectly and makes me look like a way better cook than I actually am! A very positive relationship if you ask me. I never have to worry about undercooking or overcooking meat, and I don't even need to stand around in the kitchen anymore while cooking! Once the food is in the Instant Pot, you can wander away and just let it work it's magic! It's the best. And I have to say, of everything I've made in it so far, this recipe has to be my favorite. Yep, I said it! Turkey meatballs & spaghetti squash are a match made in heaven, and the Instant Pot Makes it a breeeeze.
When your spaghetti and meatballs craving strikes, this is the perfect way to satisfy that craving while upgrading to much healthier ingredients that will leave you feeling light and fresh (and who doesn't love a good upgrade anyway!?). This is my ideal weeknight meal, and such a perk that it all comes together in under 30 minutes. And by the way, if you haven't jumped on the Instant Pot train yet, you can definitely still make this recipe using your stove or oven - it will still be absolutely delicious, but it just may take you a little bit longer to make!
So here's how to do it. First you're going to cook the spaghetti squash in the instant pot. And get excited because it takes 7 minutes in the Instant Pot instead of 40ish minutes in the oven. You'll assemble the meatballs while the squash cooks, then you'll switch out the squash and add in the meatballs, and cook those for 7 minutes. Then you'll put it all together in a bowl and top it with some fresh Parmesan cheese and basil, and you'll be so proud of yourself as you devour this healthy and satisfying dinner that you so effortlessly whipped up a Wednesday night! Sounds lovely, right!?
1 spaghetti squash
1 lb organic ground turkey (I prefer the 93% lean for more flavor, rather than 98%)
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp oregano
2 tbsp almond flour
2 cups Lucini Italia Roasted Garlic Marinara
Fresh basil for garnish
Parmesan cheese for garnish
Makes 16 golf ball-sized meatballs - serves 3-4
*If you don't have an Instant pot, click here for spaghetti squash cooking instructions.
*To make the meatballs on the stovetop: just heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Place the meatballs in the skillet and brown them for 2 minutes on each side. Pour the marinara sauce evenly into the skillet and turn the heat down to medium low. Cover the skillet with a lid and simmer the meatballs for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through. Serve cooked meatballs and marinara over squash.
Let's talk for a second about the marinara sauce in this recipe because this dinner is only as healthy as your sauce is! Did you know that there are a lot of brands out there that add sugar to their marinara sauce? It's crazy and unnecessary, especially considering the natural sweetness of tomatoes! That's why it's so important to get comfortable looking at ingredient labels and choose products that are made with simple, clean, and healthy ingredients. When it comes to a great tomato sauce, Lucini just does it right. I absolutely love the Organic Roasted Garlic Marinara, which is made with the simplest organic ingredients (fresh tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, parsley, basil, oregano, and pepper) and no added sugar ever. You can seriously taste the difference and the quality, and it gives this recipe SO much flavor! I know you'll love it as much as I do!
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1/29/2019 04:00:11 pm
This was honestly SUCH an amazing recipe! I made it on the Stovetop since I haven't bit the instant pot bullet yet (I'm getting pretty close though...) and it still was AMAZING. Thank you for making such delicious, healthy, and simple recipes. I've referred you to everyone I know :)
2/5/2019 04:48:38 pm
Awww yay that makes me so happy!! Glad it know it turned out great on the stove too! And thank you so much for spreading the word :)
8/30/2020 07:06:25 pm
Loved this in the instant pot! We added grated zucchini we needed to use up to the meatballs and they were delicious — thank you so much for sharing!
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