Guilt Free Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Turkey Sauce!

SPAG squashOk how can anything with cheese be guilt free!…well we subbed out the pasta noodle for spaghetti squash, used tomato sauce instead of a cream sauce, choose lower fat cheeses and instead of beef, I used lean spicy turkey sausage(or you could use ground chicken sausage) for a rich flavourful taste.  This is a meal your whole family can enjoy!  Let’s get started.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice spaghetti squash length wise and scrape out the seeds. Rub 1/4 tbsp olive oil into each squash half and season with salt and pepper. Place each spaghetti squash half face down in a large baking dish and bake for 40-60 min. When squash is done, middle will be tender and pull apart easily.  In a large pan, sautee onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat until fragrant. Add ground spicy turkey . Season with a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook until browned. Add crushed tomatoes and 1 teaspoon each basil and oregano. When sauce starts to bubble, reduce heat to a simmer until thickened (about 3-4 minutes).  Meanwhile, combine ricotta and cottage cheese in a medium bowl. Season with 1 teaspoon each basil and oregano. Add a pinch each of salt and pepper. Lightly mix until combined.  When spaghetti squash is fully cooked, flip in the baking dish so that it is now skin side down. Evenly divide ricotta mixture between each squash half. Repeat with meat sauce. Top each half with 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese.  Turn oven to broil, and cook for another 2 minutes, until cheese is browned and bubbling. This happens very quickly–make sure to watch closely, otherwise it can burn easily. Serve immediately. Leftovers may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to one week.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 medium spaghetti squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 package of lean ground spicy turkey or turkey sausage
  • 1 lb can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons dried or finely chopped fresh oregano, divided
  • 2 teaspoons dried or finely chopped fresh basil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/2 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese

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