Total bake time for meatballs (1 1/4 lb ground meat & 2-2 1/2 tbsp/meatball size) is about 25-30 minutes total in 400-420F oven. Total bake time for spaghetti squash (depends on the size of squash) is about 30-45 mins in 400-420F oven.
Course Lunch/Dinner, Main, Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Vietnamese
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Total Time 45minutes
Salt to taste
1 ¼lbsground pork and chicken50% + 50% combo or use one type of ground meat only
5ozfresh shiitake mushroomssliced (alt. Crimini or portobello mushrooms)
Chopped Mintcilantro, and basil (include them all or select a few)
Preheat the oven to 400°F - 420°F. Slice the squash in half from stem to tail. Be careful not to cut yourself. Work slowly. Scoop out the seeds. Season with a little salt. Place the squash in a roasting pan. Cut -side down with a little water just enough to cover the bottom.
Use a food processor to chop 3 garlic cloves, 2 large diced shallots, and 5 oz. fresh shiitake mushrooms until fine. Mix them with ground meat with ½ tsp sea salt, fish sauce, coconut aminos, and olive oil. Combine well and form about 20 meatballs (about 2 ½ tbsp filling/ meatball) on a large non-stick baking sheet pan.
Send meatballs and squash to the oven (400 - 420°F). Squash will take slightly longer time to bake than the meatballs so here’s what you can do to bake them at the same time:
*Bake the meatballs for about 25 minutes total - 1st side: 15 minutes. Then, flip them and bake the flip side for an additional 8-10 minutes. Once the meatballs are cooked through. Remove from the oven and ready to serve.
**Bake the squash for 30-45 minutes. Smaller squash will cook more quickly than larger squash so check after 30 minutes. The squash is ready when tender and you can easily pierce the flesh all the way to the peel with a fork. Once it’s ready, scrape out the squash with a fork gently in the same direction as the strands.
Combine ingredients under “Dressing”. Drizzle 1-2 tbsp dressing over squash noodles and meatballs. Sprinkle chopped herbs (mint, cilantro, basil) and watch them gone quickly than you think!