Spaghetti Squash with Italian Meat Sauce is a great alternative to pasta when on a diet, as it is low in calories and gluten free. I have made this dish many times and it is also a hit with my family. Give it a try!
The cooked flesh of the Spaghetti Squash shreds into threads like thin spaghetti pasta or vermicelli. Cut a baked Spaghetti Squash open and you will see a whole dish of pasta! Since Spaghetti Squash has a mild flavor, it is usually used with some kind of sauce, but my husband and I also enjoy the squash with just a little butter and some salt and pepper.
Spaghetti Squash with Italian Meat Sauce Recipe
1 medium-size Spaghetti Squash*
1 medium onion, diced
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounce lean ground beef (hamburger)*
1 (14.5-ounce) can crushed or diced tomatoes
1/4 cup red wine
1 cup water
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
Coarse salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste
* What is Spaghetti Squash? Spaghetti Squash is a small, watermelon-shaped variety, ranges in size from 2 to 5 pounds or more. It has a golden-yellow, oval rind and a mild, nut-like flavor. The yellowiest Spaghetti squash will be the ripest and best to eat. Those that are nearly white are not very ripe. Actually, larger spaghetti squash are more flavorful than smaller ones. When cooked, the flesh separates in strands that resemble spaghetti pasta. Spaghetti Squash can be stored at room temperature for about a month. After cutting, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 2 days. Spaghetti squash also freezes well.
How to Prepare and Bake Spaghetti Squash:
Check out my photo tutorial on how to Prepare, Cook, and Shred Spaghetti Squash.
You have a choice on how to cook your Spaghetti Squash, as it is very easy to either bake or microwave spaghetti squash.
To Make Italian Meat Sauce:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add the onion, garlic, and ground beef, cooking and stirring until the meat is browned and the onions are softened.
Add the tomatoes, red wine, water, oregano, rosemary, pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Let simmer approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has reduced to your liking.
Remove from heat and serve over the prepared Spaghetti Squash noodles.
Makes 4 servings.