A Healthier Spaghetti and Meatballs

 Ken Goodman

The title of The Single Guy Cookbook (Page Street) doesn't quite do Avi Shemtov's collection of easy recipes justice. From fast and easy salads to pizza and wings for game day, the book comes in really handy for anybody — single or not — who wants to cook something easy and good.

Nestled among the "Kick-Ass Fish Tacos" and creative things you can do with leftovers, the turkey meatball and spaghetti squash recipe is one of the best options for a simple and healthy meal you can make when you get home from a long day at the office and want to make yourself something, but don't want to spend a lot of time by the stove or feel guilty after eating it. 

(Turkey) Meatballs and Spaghetti (Squash) from The Single Guy Cookbook by Avi Shemtov 


  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 tbsp (30 g) unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp (3 g) dry unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 4 oz (115 g) ground turkey
  • 2 vine-ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ white onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tbsp (23 g) grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C).
  2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and put it on a baking sheet. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes. When it is ready, take it out of the oven and set aside until it’s cool enough to handle.
  3. Melt 1 tbsp (15 g) of the butter in a medium-size frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring for 2 minutes. Transfer most of the butter and all of the garlic to a medium-size bowl and add the bread crumbs and turkey. Using clean hands, mix it all up and form into balls — the size isn’t important. Brown the meatballs in the tiny bit of butter left in the pan over medium heat. Add the tomatoes and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes’ juices start to fill the pan. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer the meatballs and sauce.
  4. Use a fork to scrape out the long stringy pulp of the spaghetti squash, pulling out the seeds. Put the stringy insides on a plate and top with the Parmesan cheese. Pour the tomato sauce and meatballs over the top and voilà — just like grandma used to make, sort of.