No-Guilt Spaghetti Squash Bolognese
 
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Have a low-carb, guilt-free Italian night with easy and delicious Spaghetti Squash Bolognese!
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Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 3 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey or beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • ⅛ tsp paprika
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup shredded mozzerella cheese
  • Optional garnishes: grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Cut the spaghetti squash in half length-wise, (if it's difficult, you can microwave it for a minute or two to soften it up). Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the squash cut-side down on the baking sheet, and roast for 45 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the other tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  4. Add the ground meat and diced onion to the pan, using a wooden spoon to break it up and stir around. Season the meat with ⅛ tsp each salt, pepper, and paprika. Cook, stirring, until meat is almost cooked through, about 4 minutes.
  5. To the pan, add the can of diced tomatoes and half a small can, (3 oz) of tomato paste. Season with the oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes. Stir, allow to come to a boil, and then reduce to medium-low heat. The longer you can let this simmer on low the better, but simmer at least 10 minutes.
  6. When the squash is done, remove from the oven and turn the broiler on low. Using a fork, scrape the insides of the squash so that it resembles noodles.
  7. Top with a couple spoonfuls of the bolognese, and sprinkle ¼ cup mozzarella over each squash half. Broil for 5 minutes, or until the cheese is golden.
  8. Finish with fresh basil and grated parmesan cheese if desired.
Recipe by Ally's Cooking at http://allyscooking.com/2016/09/18/spaghetti-squash-bolognese/