Twice Baked Italian Spaghetti Squash Boats


Baked spaghetti squash boats are not an ocean bound vessel or cruise liner.  For nutritional reasons, spaghetti squash is one of the IT foods at the moment.  These baked spaghetti squash boats are a dream come true for pasta lovers who are watching calories or counting carbs | slimchefrecipes.comThe simple truth is if you’re a pasta lover and craving something tantalizingly delicious but you are counting carbs or calories, than this recipe is for  you.

Spaghetti squash boats are a joy because they are easy to make and it really does taste very similar to traditional spaghetti. By scraping out the inner gourd with a spoon, you get something very similar to traditional spaghetti noodles.

Where can I buy spaghetti squash

Most of the chain super markets carry spaghetti squash. I have found spaghetti squash at Walmart all year long.  Some of the other chains like Meijer or Kroger carry it as well.

How to cook spaghetti squash boats?


One of the nice things about spaghetti squash is all of the neat ways you can prepare it. Inside of that thick outer shell is an inside that is very similar to a pumpkin. In order to get to soften the inside you must find a way to cook it. These include baking, boiling, steaming, and microwaving. But first we need to cut the spaghetti squash in half.Baked spaghetti squash is a very delicious meal that will satisfy every pasta lover | slimchefrecipes.com

How to cut spaghetti squash

Have you ever tried cutting a spaghetti squash?  Those who have know what a challenge it can be. On top of battling the thick outer shell, you have to prevent to squash from rolling off the cutting board. Trying to prevent a serious hand injury can be a daunting task as well.

Here’s a HACK for you. Stand the squash up. Use a sharp knife and cut just the outer edge to create a flat side for the squash to rest. This will prevent the squash from rolling around and make your job that much easier.Spaghetti squash boats not only look great but taste amazing! The whole family will love these | slimchefrecipes.com

Cooking the spaghetti squash boats

Although this process is time consuming, it is a very necessary step in the process.  Preheat the oven to 400°F. After cutting the squash lengthwise, scoop out the seeds with a spoon or a fork. Save the seeds. They can be roasted like pumpkin seeds.

Place the spaghetti squash cut side down on a baking or roasting pan and cook for 35 to 40 minutes. The squash will become very tender when it’s done.  Let it cool down for about 10 to 15 minutes before proceeding to the next step.

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 How to cook spaghetti squash boats

After cooling, scrape the inside with a spoon or fork and place contents in a large bowl making sure not to dig too far down or you risk puncturing the outer shell. Once you have both sides done, you’ll need to cut 1 zucchini and 1 summer squash into cubes. Skin and dice a red onion, red and green pepper. Finely cut 1 clove of minced garlic.

Place a large skillet on medium heat with some olive oil spray. Add zucchini, summer squash, red onion, peppers and garlic to the pan. Once the ingredients become tender, pour in pasta sauce and cover with a lid.

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In a separate pan, brown the ground turkey with salt and pepper.  Once the turkey is browned, strain the excess fat and place it off to the side.

Place the spaghetti squash shells on a baking sheet.  Spoon in the combined ingredients from the large skillet to about ¾ of the cavity. Spoon in the browned meat and cover with additional pasta. The spaghetti squash boats should be looking pretty mouth watering at this point.

Top with mozzarella cheese and return to the oven at 400°F. Cook for about 10 minutes.

That’s it! You’re ready to dig in.

TWICE BAKED ITALIAN SPAGHETTI SQUASH BOATS

Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 3
Author Tim

Ingredients

  • 2 Medium sized Spaghetti squash
  • 6 oz ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 Summer squash
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup half skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1 can pasta sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.

  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise

  3. Scoop the seeds out of both halves

  4. Bake about 1/2 hour or until the squash is tender

  5. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes

  6. Scoop out the contents with a spoon into a large bowl

  7. Place a large skillet on medium heat with some olive oil spray.

  8. Add zucchini, summer squash, red onion, peppers and garlic to the pan.
  9. Add 3/4 jar of pasta sauce and cover with a lid

  10. Brown ground turkey with salt and pepper in a separate pan

  11. Strain the excess fat

  12. Place spaghetti squash shells on a baking sheet and fill with zucchini, squash mixture

  13. Top with ground meat, more sauce and cheese

  14. Return to the oven for 10 minutes