Spaghetti (Squash) with Meat Sauce

No, it doesn’t taste like pasta… because it’s squash…

This isn’t a replacement for pasta, but it’s a darn good meal! And, before you ask, yes, my husband ate it! He even had seconds. Here’s what you’ll need and how to do it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 lb ground turkey (or beef/sausage/chicken)
  • 1 jar/can spaghetti sauce (my favorite is the brand in a can)
    Note: Don’t be a hero and try to make homemade. It’s fine!
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced frozen roasted red peppers (or 1/2 cup diced fresh red pepper)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (or 5-10 turns of the salt grinder)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. black pepper (or 10 – 20 turns of the pepper grinder)
  • 1 bay leaf

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F

Sauce:

  • Heat a medium saucepan on medium high (7 out of 10) for about 60 seconds
  • Put 2 tsp. olive oil in the hot saucepan and heat another 30 seconds
  • Put chopped onion and red pepper into saucepan; let cook about 5 minutes
  • Turn heat to simmer and add sauce (take off the burner for a minute if it starts to bubble onto your stove – this happens especially with an electric stove)
  • Add garlic, salt, pepper, and bay leaf
  • Cover and let simmer while you cook the other components

Meat:

  • Heat a skillet on the stove at medium high (7 out of 10) for about a minute
  • Add ground meat, breaking it up with a spatula
  • Continue to move the meat around and chop it up into smaller pieces as it cooks
  • When just cooked, add the meat to the sauce, then put the cover back on and continue to simmer while you make the squash (you don’t want to overcook the meat, and it will continue to cook in the sauce, so a little pink is ok at this point)

Spaghetti Squash:

  • Cut the squash in half lengthwise (Be careful, the squash is hard!)
  • Scoop out the seeds with a spoon
  • Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray, then place the squash on the sheet, cut side down
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 45 minutes
  • Test the squash – a sharp knife should go in with no resistance – put back in for 5 more minutes if needed then test again
  • When done, use a fork to flip the squash over, hold a potholder against the side with one hand, and pull your fork from the sides of the squash to the center to create spaghetti-like strings

Finish:

  • Put spaghetti squash in a bowl and top with meat sauce
  • Add crushed red pepper, Italian herbs, or Parmesan cheese, if you like

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