Garlic Butter Chicken Meatball Stuffed Spaghetti Squash. A seasonal take on everyone’s favorite pasta and meatballs. Roasted spaghetti squash stuffed with a creamy béchamel sauce. Then infused with homemade Italian-style chicken meatballs and sweet buttery roasted garlic. Everything is baked together until the cheese is melted and the meatballs are cooked perfectly. And it’s all made on just one sheet pan! This is an easy, delicious, and healthier way to enjoy pasta and meatball night.
Say hello to what might be Creighton’s favorite recipe of all time. Just watch my Instagram stories for this recipe. At the end, you will see his love for this recipe. He says it’s like a cheesy meatball sub sandwich only minus the carb-heavy bread (which he tries to avoid).
I’m not sure why he refers to a meatball sandwich and not pasta, but whatever the case, Creighton thinks this is his favorite recipe to date. He’ll be watching the video of this recipe tonight and wishing so badly he could eat this again for dinner.
There’s certainly a lot of all-around love for this recipe. It’s going to be a hard one to top.
I certainly don’t think meatballs and spaghetti squash are a new concept by any means. It’s the way I’ve cooked everything together that I think is a little more special. And while the recipe takes over an hour to create, it’s mostly just time allowing the squash to roast in the oven. This will typically take anywhere from 30-45 minutes depending on the size.
The process is actually relatively simple. Bake the squash with cheese. Then while the squash gets a head start in the oven, mix and form the meatballs. Then add the meatballs to the pan, and cook again.
Using the roasted garlic, make a garlic butter. Then slather it all over the cheesy meatballs and the squash. Use a fork to scrape up the squash and enjoy this wonderful goodness.
Onto the finer details
Step 1: mix the cheese sauce
I love to use a blend of fontina, mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan. Sometimes I’ll use a gouda in place of fontina. It’s a really nice mix of creamy cheeses, but the provolone adds all the flavor, so don’t skip that one. Of course, you can also use your own favorite blend of cheese. Or even pick up a pre-shredded mix from the store to keep things really easy.
Mix the milk with the mozzarella cheese, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes. This is our cheese sauce.
Step 2: season and stuff the squash
Ideally, find two smaller spaghetti squash. Think of each half as a personal spaghetti squash boat.
Cut the squash in half, pull the seeds out, and place the squash on a sheet pan. Now season with salt and pepper, add the parmesan cheese, and then the cheese mixture from above.
Arrange a handful of garlic around the squash, then bake everything to get the squash cooking.
Step 3: mix the meatballs
I make mine using ground chicken, Italian seasoning, dijon, and parmesan cheese. Just mix everything together and roll it into meatballs.
Pull the squash from the oven and add the meatballs to the pan. Bake again to cook the meatballs while the squash continues to cook.
Step 4: add cheese and mix the garlic butter
Grab the pan from the oven one last time. This time remove the garlic from the pan. Set the garlic aside.
Next, top the squash with additional cheese and place the cooked meatballs into/on top of the squash. Bake to melt the cheese.
While the squash and meatballs are cooking in the oven, chop the roasted garlic, then mix it with butter and fresh herbs. I love to use a mix of basil, oregano, thyme, and sage.
When you pull everything out of the oven, don’t be worried that the sauce looks soupy. Once you scrape the squash into strands of spaghetti and mix it together with the sauce it’s so delicious.
Spread the garlic butter over the meatballs and mix the rest into the squash. Use a fork to pull the squash into spaghetti. The smell alone will make you so excited.
This is a great recipe for busy weeknights when you want something warm and cozy, but still full of protein and vegetables.
Or serve this up to guests at your next dinner gathering. Either way, it’s perfect for autumn!
Looking for other autumn squash recipes? Here are a few ideas:
Crockpot Garlic Butter Chicken Meatballs with Creamy Orzo
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Garlic Butter Chicken Meatballs Stuffed In Spaghetti Squash:
Calories Per Serving: 577 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- 1 1/4 cups whole milk or heavy cream
- 6 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed/squeezed dry
- 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella or gouda
- 2 spaghetti squash, halved and seeds removed
- 1 1/4 cup grated parmesan
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 8 cloves garlic
- 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken, pork, or turkey
- 3 tablespoons Italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 cup shredded provolone cheese
- 6 tablespoons salted butter
- 1/2 chopped fresh herbs, basil, thyme, oregano/ sage (fav mix)
- 1. Preheat the oven to 425° F.2. In a bowl, mix together the milk, spinach, tomatoes, and mozzarella. Season with chili flakes, salt, and pepper.3. Place the squash on a baking sheet and season the cut sides with salt and pepper. Sprinkle 1/4 cup parmesan cheese into the bottom of each squash. Then evenly divide the milk/cheese mix among the squash cavities. Cover with foil, bake 15 minutes. 4. Meanwhile, mix the chicken, Italian seasoning, dijon, and 1/2 cup parmesan in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Mix to combine. Coat your hands with oil, and roll the meat into tablespoon-size balls (makes 15-16 meatballs). 5. Remove the squash from the oven, remove the foil. Arrange the meatballs around the squash. Bake another 15 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked. 6. Grab the squash. Remove the garlic from the pan. Sprinkle the provolone cheese over each squash half. Put the meatballs on top of the cheese. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted. 7. Chop the garlic and mix with the butter and herbs in a bowl. Spread the butter over the meatballs, then use a fork to scrape the squash into strands, mixing the cheese with the squash. Enjoy!
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Roasting the Squash: if your squash is on the larger side, pre-roast it for 20-30 minutes before adding the cheese mixture.