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Simple Spaghetti Squash

Simple Spaghetti Squash

CUISINE

American

PREP

15 minutes

COOK

45 minutes

SERVINGS

6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Spaghetti Squash (2-3 lbs)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 Green Onions
  • 1/2 Cup Cilantro
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Basil
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tsp Red Crushed Pepper (optional)
  • 1 1/2 lb Ground Deer meat (any ground meat works)
  • 1/2 lb of Sausage
  • 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Tsp Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp Red pepper flakes (Optional)
  • 2 cup marinara (Optional)
  • Parmesan Cheese (Optional)

Directions:

Spaghetti Squash
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil or foil a baking sheet.
  2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise from stem to tail and scrape out the seeds. Lightly drizzle with olive oil with 1 Tbsp of olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Place squash, cut-side down, onto foiled sheet pan. Place into oven and roast until tender, about 35-45 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and let rest until cool enough to handle.
  5. Using a fork, scrape the inside out into a large sauce pan.
  6. Add the rest of the olive oil, onions, garlic, seasonings and red pepper flakes. Mix together in large saucepan on low heat.
Seasoned Meat Topping
  1. In second large saucepan, cook ground meat and sausage with olive oil and seasonings on medium heat, until meat brown.
  2. Add seasoned meat topping to cooked spaghetti squash and enjoy! Feel free to red your favorite marinara if desired!

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Intimidated by replacing pasta with squash? I was too…until I discovered how to make a simple spaghetti squash recipe. 

This is a good weeknight recipe to start with.  It’s one of my favorite simple spaghetti squash dishes made with whole foods! It’s a classic Italian flavored meal with a healthy twist and has less processed ingredients. If you like spaghetti, you won’t miss the pasta with this easy hearty recipe.

I’ll be honest the squash makes you work for it, but it’s worth it. The spaghetti squash scraper works like a charm. Make enough for leftovers and meal prep to stretch it out an extra meal or two.

Ready to try a few more spaghetti squash recipes?

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Spaghetti Squash Nutrition Info:

Squash: although pasta still has a special place in my heart, replacing it with squash gets you some extra fiber and antioxidants! It’s also lower carb options (about 150 calories and 35 grams of carbs per serving). A cup of spaghetti squash is only about 42 calories! If you’re quantity person, this option is for you! It fills up the plate and your stomach as a nutrient dense ingredient.

Deer: contains much less saturated fat than beef and slightly more protein. We use wild game at my house because I like to know where my meat comes from and I prefer the flavor:)

You may want to get a scraper if you end up loving this tasty gluten free pasta alternative.

                                                                 

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