Friday, June 5, 2015

Spaghetti Squash Baked Ziti

Any type of pasta dish always goes well in our house. Lately, we have been cutting back on our pasta and replacing it with Spaghetti Squash. It is a GREAT way to get some veggies in (especially for your kids!).

This baked spaghetti squash reminded me SO much of how I make our baked ziti, that the name is very fitting. It is a family favorite and one that is made over and over again.

Ingredients

  • 1 jar marinara sauce (I used Newman's Own Organic)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound turkey sausage or ground turkey
  • 1 large spaghetti squash or two small
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, divided
  • parmesan cheese to taste
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
Directions
  1. Prepare the spaghetti squash. 
    1. Cut in half long ways (like a hot dog!) and hollow out the inside. 
    2. Place face down in a baking dish. 
    3. Add water to the pan, just enough to fill the bottom. 
    4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until a fork goes easily through the outside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, basil and oregano. Cook onions until translucent. 
  3. If you have turkey sausage that is cased, remove the casing. 
  4. Add turkey sausage to onions in skillet and brown. Drain off any excess grease.
  5. Add jar of marinara sauce and let simmer on stove.
  6. Remove spaghetti squash from oven and hollow out the inside into a colander. (this will allow excess water to exit!) *You may have to help this along by stirring the squash in the colander*
  7. Combine spaghetti squash with sauce.
  8. Scoop half of the mixture into a baking dish.
  9. Sprinkle 1/2 cup mozzarella and sprinkle with parmesan. 
  10. Scoop the remaining spaghetti squash and sauce on top.
  11. Top with remaining cheese. 
  12. Bake at 350 degrees for an additional 25-30 minutes.
  13. Enjoy!
For all of my 21 Day Fixers, a 1 cup serving is equal to 1/2 green, 1/2 red, 1/2 purple, 1 blue :)

3 comments :

  1. Hi there, how much per serving??

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  2. I cook spaghetti squash in the crock pot. I just poke it a few times with a fork, put in in a large crock pot (mine is oval shaped) and let it go all day on low. Very easy! Techlazy.com

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  3. Just roasted my first butternut squash the other day and was surprised at how easy it was. This sounds like a great recipe to try!UpdateLand

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