Garlic Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce Recipe
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Garlic Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce Recipe

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I have reduced grains and other starches in my diet due to health reasons, so I was looking for filling, comforting meals without pasta or potatoes. When I was tinkering with this recipe, I discovered that spaghetti squash is fun to experiment with as well as eat. —Becky Ruff, Mc Gregor, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 4 pounds)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups pasta sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cup spaghetti squash with 1 cup meat sauce: 443 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 770mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 11g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cut squash lengthwise in half; remove and discard seeds. Place squash in a 13x9-in. baking pan, cut side down; add 1/2 in. of hot water. Bake, uncovered, 40 minutes. Drain water from pan; turn squash cut side up. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until squash is tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and mushrooms over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and mushrooms are tender, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Add half of the garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in tomatoes, pasta sauce and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes.
  3. When squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to separate strands. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add remaining garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in squash, salt and remaining pepper; heat through. Serve with meat sauce and, if desired, cheese. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Garlic Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce in Light Recipes 2015, px

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