Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meat

Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meat


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Let’s be honest. Pasta is the best food ever made, but it isn’t very healthy for us. After my weight loss journey became stagnant I started substituting pasta for spaghetti squash. This was a nice switch up from the normal wheat pasta I had been eating. This dish satisfies my pasta craving without making me feel stuffed.

It is a delicious carb-cutting alternative and subbing ground turkey meat for beef means less saturated fat.

It’s a win-win!

Serves 4


  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb 73% lean ground turkey
  • 1 (24-oz) Italian herb pasta sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Mrs Dash table blend
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan
  • ¼ tsp pepper¼ tsp salt
  • 2 small spaghetti squash
  • Fresh thyme, for topping


Preheat oven to 425

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large skillet and cook for 1 minute over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and turkey. Once browned add the pasta sauce, brown sugar, Mrs Dash table blend, and bay leaves. Stir to combine.

Use a sharp knife to “stab” the skin of the squash all over (this prevents it from blowing up in your microwave-don’t forget this step).

Place whole squash into the microwave for 4 minutes. This will help soften the skin so that it can be easily sliced. When slicing hold the squash with a hand towel.

Slice the ends of the spaghetti squash so that you have a flat base.See video here for how to cut your spaghetti squash.

Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds with a spoon. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil on the squash and liberally season with salt and pepper. Nestle squash cut-side down onto a cooking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Cook in the oven for 35-45 minutes or until the squash is tender.

Assembly: Remove squash from oven; loosen strands with a fork; spoon meat sauce and top with fresh parmesan and thyme. Serve and enjoy.

Notes: Buy a 3-4 pound spaghetti-don’t get a huge one it will be too difficult to cut.


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