Spaghetti Squash with Marinara and Turkey

October 20, 2016

I’ve always wondered how people made spaghetti out of spaghetti squash. I mean those things are like pumpkins, how on earth can you not only make spaghetti out of that, but does it taste good?

Well I decided to give it a try, and not only did it taste good, getting spaghetti-like noodles out of the squash wasn’t as hard as I assumed it would be. Besides being a great low carb alternative, spaghetti squash has a fair amount of fiber (2.2g) or 9 percent of your daily recommended value. Spaghetti squash also contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to help ward off inflammation.

Spaghetti Squash with Marinara and Turkey

Original Author: Melissa

Total Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Total Cook Time: 60 minutes

Temperature: medium heat

Ingredients

1 spaghetti squash

1 cup marinara

3/4 lb ground turkey

1 tbsp olive (or avocado) oil

1 tsp black pepper

 

Instructions

I place the ground turkey in the slow cooker first thing in the morning, and let it cook on high all day, so when I get home I can jump right into spaghetti squash carving.

Start out by pre-heating the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the spaghetti squash in half, starting from the top stem and cutting all the way to the bottom stem, and separating the two pieces once the spaghetti squash is cut in half. Place the spaghetti squash on the cooking sheet with the open sides placed up.

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Here comes the fun part… take a cue from your favorite part of pumpkin carving and scoop out all of the seeds and other gunk from the inside of the spaghetti squash.

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Once you have removed all of the seeds, cover the spaghetti squash in olive (or avocado) oil, and sprinkle the black pepper over the squash. Place the cooking sheet in the over for 45 minutes. Once the 45 minutes are up, place the spaghetti squash aside for 10 minutes and allow to cool. During this time, you can start warming up the marinara sauce over medium heat for 5 minutes. During this time you can also remove the ground turkey from the slow cooker and ground up.

Once the spaghetti squash has cooled, it’s time to dig out the spaghetti noodles. Taking a fork, run it over the middle of the spaghetti squash, removing and placing the noodles on a plate.

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A small spaghetti squash makes a TON of noodles, without the carb hangover. Once you have all of the noodles out of the spaghetti squash, place the marinara sauce and ground turkey on top, mix and enjoy!

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Let me know what you think!

Melissa

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