Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

What's the first meal that comes to mind on days when dinnertime sneaks up on you? If you said spaghetti then you read my mind. When you're trying to cut the carbs, though, that meal is a no-no! So what looks and tastes like spaghetti, but doesn't put you on a carb overload? SPAGHETTI Squash. The name says it all! I'll be honest, I'd never made, let alone ate, spaghetti squash in my life - so I was a little skeptical - but it's REALLY easy to cook and tastes great! I hope you enjoy this refresh, we sure did!

Spaghetti Squash and Meat Sauce
PREP: 15 minutes           COOK: 40 minutes            READY IN: 55 minutes

  SIMPLE         HEALTHY      YUM
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  • 1 small spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground beef 
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups traditional canned/bottled tomato sauce (such as Prego, Ragu, etc.)


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place squash in a baking pan, cut side down, with a few inches of water in the dish. Cook in oven for 40 minutes, or until squash is tender and can be pierced with a fork. 
  3. While squash is in the oven start preparing the meat sauce by placing ground beef and onion in a skillet over medium heat until meat is crumbly and browned. Drain any grease and set meat aside.
  4. In another skillet heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and cook 1/2 zucchini, red pepper, green pepper, crushed tomatoes and prego sauce until vegetables are cooked through and soft. 
  5. Combine veggies with meat and onions. Simmer on low/medium heat. Add crushed red peppers. 
  6. Scrape inside of spaghetti squash with a fork and divide into 4 dishes. Drizzle squash with a little olive oil, about 1 tablespoon. Add 1 and 1/2 cups meat sauce and sprinkle with remaining zucchini. 


    1 cup serving   360 calories  10g fat  28g carbs   38g protein   16g sugar   

Original RecipeRefresh Recipe
200 calories for noodles 50 calories squash
41g carbs in 1 serving noodles28g carbs 1 serving w/sauce


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