If you’re looking for a quick, easy, delicious, and healthy meal to cook for dinner, then you might want to consider spaghetti squash. It’s a great way to get the kids eating their vegetables, and it’s the perfect weekday recipe since it doesn’t take long to make. This recipe requires about 15 minutes of prep time and 45 minutes of baking time for 4 servings. Here’s how to make it.
Ingredients for the Spaghetti Squash
- 1 medium-size spaghetti squash (roughly 4 pounds)
- 1 pound of lean ground beef (90% or more)
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced, divided
- 2 cups of fresh mushrooms
- 2 cups of pasta sauce
- 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- ½ teaspoon of pepper, divided
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- Grated parmesan cheese to taste (optional)
- Start by preheating your oven to 375°F. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and proceed to remove and discard the seeds. In a 13×9-inch baking dish, place the squash cut side down and add about ½ inch of hot water. Bake the squash uncovered for about 40 minutes. Drain the water from the pan and flip the squаsh so that it’s cut side up. Bake until the squash is tender, for about 5-10 minutes.
- In a large skillet, cook the ground beef and the mushrooms over medium heat until the beef is browned, about 6-8 minutes. Break the beef into crumbles and drain. Add half of the garlic, cook, and stir for about 1 minute. Add in the tomatoes, pasta sauce, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and leave uncovered for about 15-20 minutes.
- Once the squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to separate the strands. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil and remaining garlic. Cook and stir for about 1 minute. Add in the squash, salt, and pepper. Heat through and serve with the meat sauce. Top off the spaghetti squash with parmesan cheese as desired.