Guiltless Spaghetti

October 9, 2010

in Dinner in a Dash, Gluten Free, Healthy "MAKEOVERS", Recipes

Want to have something that’s like pasta, but without all the guilt?  This is the recipe for you.  Sure, its not pasta, but it looks similar and it fills to gap.  Low carb, no grains, and its actually quite filling.

Guiltless Spaghetti
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Spaghetti with squash instead of pasta. Very filling and great to swap out for pasta!
Yield: 4 servings
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 lb (454 g) lean ground turkey (or extra lean ground beef)
  • 1 jar of low fat, lower sodium jarred tomato basil pasta sauce
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp reduced fat parmesan cheese
  • Additional spices (basil, oregano, dill, garlic) as needed to taste
  1. First, cook spaghetti squash.
Option 1:
  1. Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. In a shallow casserole dish (microwave friendly) place about a ¼ inch of water in the bottom. Place squash face down and microwave covered for approx 12 minutes or until a fork goes easily through the skin.
Option 2:
  1. Punch fork holes in spaghetti squash. Place in microwave on a microwave-safe tray or plate. Microwave for 10 minutes. Turn over and cook another 5 minutes, or until a fork goes easily through the skin. When done, place in a cutting board. Cut lengthwise, scoop out seeds and shred the flesh with a fork.
For the Sauce
  1. Meanwhile, in a skillet, saute turkey onion and mushroom. When veggies are soft, add pasta sauce. Simmer for approx 5-10 minutes.
  2. Using a fork, remove flesh from the spaghetti squash. It will resemble spaghetti!  Toss with Parmesan cheese. Then add sauce on top.
Serving size: 1½ cups squash, 1 cup turkey meat sauce, 2 tsp parmesan cheese Calories: 282 Fat: 7.2 g Carbs: 31 g Sugar: 12 g Fiber: 9.2 g Protein: 25 g

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