On my journey to learn how to cook healthier things, I came across the spaghetti squash. I’ll be honest; I was a skeptic about how good it could really taste and how easy it was to use. I am now a believer.
Last week I decided to tackle the spaghetti squash by making a modified lasagna. I figured that if it had a strange taste, the sauce, cheese and meat of lasagna would cover it.
The finished product was delish! I’ll admit that it’s more like a pasta bake and less like a lasagna because the layers don’t stay well defined. When I make it again, I will probably mix the sauce, squash, meat and cheese together like a pasta bake rather than a layered lasagna.
Anyway, let’s get started with the recipe!
Ingredients: medium spaghetti squash, pasta sauce, 1 lb hamburger, 1/2 c diced peppers, 1/2 c diced onions, oregano, olive oil, 1/2 container ricotta cheese and mozzarella.
1. Cut a medium sized spaghetti squash in half. Place it both halves on a foil lined baking sheet cut side down.
2. Bake the squash for an hour in a 375 degree oven. Once soft, remove from the oven and flip the sides. Let the squash cool as you prepare the next ingredients.
4. Brown the hamburger meat. Drain and remove from the pan.
5. Return the pan to the stove, add olive oil and saute peppers and onions. Add a dash of oregano.
6. Prepare your tomato sauce if needed. I use a dry seasoning packet that is mixed with tomato paste and onions. A jarred sauce will work great. You will need about 2 cups or so.
7. Take the cooled spaghetti squash and scape the flesh out with a fork into a medium sized bowl. It will turn into little strands like spaghetti. Season with olive oil, salt and pepper.
8. Layer your lasagna. Begin with a small amount of sauce followed by a layer of squash, the meat, peppers & onions, sauce and a layer of ricotta cheese. The ricotta is difficult to spread so small dollops work best. Repeat the layers one more time.
9. Top with mozzarella cheese and bake in a 375 degree oven for about 20-30 minutes.
I let it cool for a little bit and served it with salad. Again, when I served it, the layers didn’t hold. Embrace the messiness!