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Baked Spaghetti Squash

Just like it sounds, the spaghetti squash does one heck of a good job replicating real spaghetti noodles. Stuff each half with ground beef, tomatoes and all of the regular pasta fixings and you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried squash before.
  • Servings: 8
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40–50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (3-pound) spaghetti squash
  • 1 pound lean ground beef 1 onion, diced
  • 8 cremini mushrooms, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Parmesan cheese, for topping (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Puncture the spaghetti squash randomly with a sharp knife to allow steam to be released. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a knife can pierce the skin easily. Allow to cool and slice in half. Remove the seeds. Using a fork, scrape inside the squash to create the spaghetti “noodles.”
  2. While the squash is baking, prepare the filling.
  3. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the beef, onion, mushrooms, and garlic. Cook until the meat is browned, about
    6 minutes.
  4. Mix in the tomatoes, bell pepper, and salt and black pepper to taste. Sprinkle with the oregano, thyme, and cayenne pepper. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Lower the oven temperature to 350°F. Ladle the sauce on top of your prepared squash halves. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired. Bake for 10 minutes, or until heated through and the cheese is melted. Serve.
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