Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti

Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti
Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti

Spaghetti is one of my favorite comfort foods and substituting spaghetti squash for the pasta is a great way to lighten up this dish. Spaghetti squash has been a well kept secret in the diet recipe world for years. 1 cup of cooked spaghetti has about 219 calories and 43 grams of carbs while 1 cup of spaghetti squash has 75 calories and 10 grams of carbs. What a great way to incorporate more vegetables into your meal. Even the kids will like this one (just don't tell them that it's good for them)!

Spaghetti squash can usually be found throughout the year but is "in season" from early fall through winter. There are several varieties. You will find true spaghetti squash is pale ivory to pale yellow in color while the newer variety introduced in the 1990's is more orange in color. The orange version is higher in beta carotene and also a bit sweeter.


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Category: Light and Healthy
Cuisine: Italian
  • 1 medium to large spaghetti squash, cut in halve lengthwise
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Korintje Cinnamon
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (93%)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 can low sodium diced tomatoes (15 oz)
  • 2 Tablespoons low sodium tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Spaghetti Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Remove the center and seeds for the squash halves
  3. Place cut side up on baking sheet and drizzle with 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  4. Season with salt, pepper and cinnamon and place in the oven
  5. Bake for about 45 minutes until tender and the flesh can be removed with a fork
  6. While the squash is in the oven, preheat a skillet to medium, add ground beef and cook until browned
  7. Add onions, tomatoes, tomato paste and Spaghetti Seasoning and combine thoroughly
  8. Cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes until tomatoes start to break down and sauce is thick and bubbly
  9. With a fork, shred or scrape the spaghetti squash onto a platter.  The squash will come out stringy and look just like spaghetti pasta
  10. Top with the meat sauce and Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of Spaghetti Seasoning - serve