Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Meat sauce & Spaghetti Squash

This is a simple, delicious, and relatively healthy dish to make. Way healthier than your traditional spaghetti and meat sauce recipe without compromising the flavor. Like I've said before, I love cooking with spaghetti squash. It has a slightly sweet taste which works perfectly with this recipe.

1/2 lb ground turkey (or ground beef- I used turkey just because it's healthier)
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 green pepper, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Dried oregano, thyme, marjoram, rosemary, parsley, salt, and pepper to taste (Fresh would be better but I'm on a budget and this combination worked out fine)
1/2 cup cottage cheese
2 cups GF pasta sauce (I used organic Ragu)
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

Cook spaghetti squash. (There are several ways to do this which have been mentioned in the entry called "It's almost like pasta..")

Heat oil in saute pan over medium heat. Add onions, pepper, and garlic. Cook until softened- about 4 minutes. Set aside.

Heat large saute pan over medium heat. If you are using ground turkey, you might have to add a little olive oil because there is a very small amount of fat content in the meat.( No need to add anything if you are cooking with ground beef- if you are, you will have to drain excess oil once beef has cooked.) Season meat with spices and cook until done.

Add onion and pepper mixture to meat then add in the marinara sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes. Combine mixture in bowl with cottage cheese and squash. Transfer to baking dish and top with cheese.

Put pan in oven and broil on High for about 5 minutes- keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn.

Hope you guys try this recipe! It's one of my favorites :)

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