Nested Elk

After a successful hunting season with my cousins, I ended up with a lot of elk sausage in my freezer. This recipe was created from that, and an incredible sense of procrastination that came from needing to make something for a photoshoot that was happening at my house afterwards. (Side note: the pictures ended up in this article and I’m in love with them.)

This recipe is not difficult, but definitely requires a little time. If you have kids, there are several steps that they can assist with. Scraping spaghetti squash out, making meatballs, filling the cupcake tin…it’s perfect to get children excited about the food they’ll be eating.

I’m a sucker for cute food and these nests are right on track with that. Here’s to Nested Elk: it’s healthier and much more adorable than spaghetti and meatballs. 

Nested Elk

These cute nests are made of spaghetti squash and hold savory elk meatballs. 


  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 lb elk sausage or other sausage or ground meat
  • 3+3 Tbsp sunflower oil can substitute olive oil or avocado oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil


  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds. Place hollow side up on cookie sheet and drizzle with sunflower oil, salt, and pepper. Bake for 35 minutes.
  • Form elk sausage into 1″ balls and place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Allow squash to cook for 10 minutes so it can be handled. Use fork to scrape squash out of it’s skin. Place in mixing bowl.
  • Add egg whites to squash and stir
  • Grease muffin tin with sunflower oil and scoop squash to create “nests”
  • Bake at 375° F for 30 minutes, add 1 meatball to each nest and bake for 10 more minutes.
  • Mix tomato sauce, thyme, basil, and oregano together to create a sauce. Heat in a saucepan on the stove top
  • Serve warm with sauce

2 thoughts on “Nested Elk”

  1. That is a recipie I will definitely try! Love the idea of using spaghetti squash for the base. I too have a freezer full of elk and for some reason have not made meatballs yet. Looking forward to it!

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