I’ve had 3 experiences with spaghetti squash- 1 bad, 1 good, and this one. The first time I ever made it, we undercooked the squash and it just tasted like some crunchy nasty noodle thing that didn’t mix well with the sauce. The second time, I cooked the squash more, but it still didn’t taste right and was pretty crunchy as well. Then yesterday, I made the BEST SPAGHETTI SQUASH EVER!!!!
I recently saw a photo and brief description of this on Pinterest and thought that it was a MUST TRY! I have to admit, whoever thought of this is pretty genius and I’m so glad that I found it.
Basically, you cook the squash, then hollow it out and dump it in the squash, then cook it again with cheese. How can you mess that up? Truth is, ya can’t.
Spaghetti Squash Lasagna
1 spaghetti squash – halved and seeded
1 lb ground turkey
1 jar of your fav pasta sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
3 garlic cloves – minced
2 cups mozzarella (or parmesan) cheese – grated
salt and other spices (if wanted) to taste
1. Pre- heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Place the halved and seeded squash face down on a lightly sprayed baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 40 minutes
3. In the mean time – make the sauce! Brown the onion, turkey, and garlic until turkey is cooked through. Add the jar sauce and diced tomatoes and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
4. Once the squash is cooked, pull out of the oven and start scraping the inside of it out (this is where it becomes SPAGHETTI!). Keep enough squash on the sides so it holds up as a bowl. Dump the squash into the sauce. We only used 1 half of the squash because it seemed like a lot of squash to add to the sauce but this is totally up to you how much you want. Mix well.
5. Add a small amount of cheese in the squash bowl and start layering with the turkey/squash mixture. CHEESE, TURKEY, CHEESE, TURKEY blah blah blah. End with cheese 🙂
6. Put back in the oven for about 10-15 minutes and then eat!
Sooooo good. Sooooo filling. Sooooo worth it and carb friendly!
I was thinking about it and this would be an AWESOME dinner party idea and each person could make their own, or just to serve it in the squash itself! 1 half of it is very filling– yes I ate it all — but it could easily be split into 2 people per side.
Also would be a great way to sneak some hidden veggies into kids– aka, adding some extra peppers and stuff to the sauce 🙂