To say the humble spaghetti squash has got me all excited is an understatement.
One bite of this fabulous, low carb squash and I began to envision all kinds of ways to use it. Ways to replace my former high carb favorite foods (like pasta and potatoes) so I can still enjoy comfort foods without hurting my body and feeling horrible after the glycemic payload delivered by pasta and potatoes. Comfort foods like Baked Spaghetti!
This Mock Baked Spaghetti with Spaghetti Squash recipe was super easy to throw together using ingredients I had on hand. I’m somewhat of a “purist” and prefer to not use prepackaged foods, but if you’re not you can use what you have. If you’re following the Trim Healthy Mama plan (read my book review and progress update posts!) just be sure to watch fat, carbs and any hidden sugars. This can be made either S or E style.
Mock Baked Spaghetti with Spaghetti Squash Recipe
- 4 c baked, shredded spaghetti squash. Read how to easily bake a whole spaghetti squash here
- 1 pound lean ground meat – I used 97% lean ground turkey (For an E meal, use either grass fed beef, ground chicken or turkey breast, or venison OR any % ground meat rinsed in hot water after cooking)
- 3 c homemade marinara (recipe below)
- 2 Tbs “nooch” (nutritional yeast)
- 1 tbs butter (optional)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 c shredded mozzarella
- 1/2 tsp Greek or Italian seasoning, if desired
Brown ground meat. Drain and rinse if needed. If your spaghetti squash is freshly baked and warm, add a tablespoon of butter and mix well. Then add salt, pepper and nutritional yeast, or leave out the butter if desired. Combine meat, sauce and spaghetti squash. Pour into a lightly greased 2 1/2 quart baking dish or casserole and top with mozzarella and a sprinkle of Greek or Italian seasoning. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until bubbly and browned on top. Makes four very generous servings, or serves a family of four with a bit of leftovers.
Easy Marinara Sauce
- 3 cups tomato sauce
- 1/4 c diced onion, or more as desired
- 1 clove of garlic, pressed OR 1 tsp granulated garlic
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 2 tsp Greek or Italian seasoning, or as desired
- 1 to 2 Tbs nutritional yeast, optional
- salt and pepper as desired
- stevia or other healthy sweetener if needed
Saute onions in olive oil over medium high heat until soft. Add garlic and saute a minute or two…don’t let it burn! Add tomato sauce and seasonings. If needed, add a pinch or so of stevia. Bring to a simmer and cook for five minutes or longer if desired or use right away.
To make this an E style meal be sure to keep fat grams per serving to 5 or less and serve with a slice or two of Gwen’s Nest Easy Bread Dough bread. Carbs need to be in the 20-45 gram range for a true E meal.
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