Spaghetti Without The Pasta

Since Matt started eating Paleo a few months ago, saying goodbye to pasta has been hard! Before the diet switch it was a staple in our weekly dinner menu rotation. But we’ve actually found a way to completely get our pasta fix without the noodles! It takes just three ingredients, and the base is delicious spaghetti squash.

You Will Need:

1 spaghetti squash

1 pound ground beef or turkey

1 jar pasta sauce (I’m usually not particular, Prego was on sale this week.)

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Start by slicing off the stem of the squash and carefully poking four or five holes with a knife for ventilation while cooking. Place the squash on a microwave safe dish and cook in the microwave for 5-8 minutes, depending on the size of your squash.

While that’s cooking, brown the meat in a medium skillet until all of the pink is gone. Drain any grease and add the pasta sauce to the meat, then simmer for 3-5 minutes.

After the squash has cooked 5-8  minutes, rotate it and microwave for another 5 minutes or so until it’s squishy to the touch on all sides. Now slice open the squash and remove the seeds. Grab a fork and use it to pull the meat of the squash away from the rind. Scoop onto a plate and top with the meat and sauce mixture. That’s it!

I was very hesitant to try this at first but it really does taste just like real spaghetti and meat sauce — and no noodles are involved! It’s now one of Matt’s favorite at-home dinners.

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Enjoy!