High-veg, low-carb lasagna deliciousness that can swing from meat-eater to vegetarian (or even vegan if you swap the cheese for vegan alternates!)
- 1 large spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
- 1 pound lean, pastured ground turkey, ground beef or vegetarian beef “crumbles”, divided*
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1 teaspoon granulated onion
- Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 1 24-oz jar high quality marinara sauce
- 1 8-oz carton organic, part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1 cup organic part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Lay the squash halves face down on a baking sheet with an edge and roast for 35-40 minutes until you can dent the squash skin with a spoon.
- While the squash is baking, combine the ground meat, garlic, onion, salt and pepper in a large skillet over medium high heat and cook, stirring frequently, until all pink is gone, about 7 minutes. (If using vegetarian crumbles, you can skip the cooking step.)
- Once the squash is tender, remove from the oven, reduce oven temp to 350°F and let squash cool slightly until you can handle it. Scrape all the squash strands out of the skin and transfer evenly to a large baking dish.
- Spread the prepared ground meat (or vegetarian crumbles and spices) evenly over the squash. Pour the sauce evenly over the meat. Dot the top with dollops of the ricotta and sprinkle with the mozzarella.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until hot throughout and cheese is melted.
*You can also omit the stovetop cooking step by substituting 8-10 frozen turkey or vegetarian meatballs for the ground meat – just place them evenly into the squash and follow the rest of the instructions.
The fresher your spaghetti squash, the “juicier” it will be when cooked. If your squash releases a lot of moisture you can drain it for 15 minutes in a colander or sieve after scraping it out of its skin. Alternatively, you can remove excess moisture from the (cooked and slightly cooled) lasagna by gently supporting contents with a large pan lid and tipping the pan to drain.