Spaghetti Squash With Meat Sauce With Ground Beef Or Turkey

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Are you looking for a delicious low carb or gluten free meal? Why not try out this spaghetti squash with hearty meat sauce for dinner! You can use ground beef, turkey, or even plant-based meat crumbles if you want to keep it vegetarian!

cut open spaghetti squash halves

About Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is one of those versatile vegetables that is available year-round! It makes a great replacement for noodles in all kinds of pasta dishes, such as this one.

spaghetti squash with fork inside

The spaghetti squash is in the same family as pumpkins and other gourds. It is most commonly found in the fall season.

Because of its thick skin, spaghetti squash doesn’t have to be cooked right away. You can keep it on your counter or fridge for weeks if you want!

spaghetti squash strands on a plate

Health Benefits of Spaghetti Squash

There are some really great reasons to add more spaghetti squash to your diet!

meat sauce in a bowl with spoon inside

Spaghetti squash is high in vitamins and nutritional value such as vitamin C, B6 and betacarotene. In addition, the squash contains antioxidants, which help fight free radicals in your body to keep you healthy.

meat sauce on top of spaghetti squash on plate

Furthermore, spaghetti squash is great for a low carb diet because it is both filling and low in calories! Not to mention, the squash is high in fiber, so it won’t elevate your blood sugar, unlike wheat pasta.

Perfect for anyone trying the keto or whole 30 diets!

Spaghetti Squash With Meat Sauce

How to Cook  Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

For this recipe you will need:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 9×13 microwavable safe dish
  • Large frying pan
  • 1 large bowl
  • Spatula
  • 24 oz. pasta sauce of your choice
  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

fork holding spaghetti squash with meat sauce on top

The first step is to prepare the spaghetti squash.

Cut the spaghetti squash in half and put in a large microwave-safe dish cut side down. Add half a cup of water to the dish. Then microwave the spaghetti squash on High for 20 minutes, or until tender. You can test it by stabbing it with a fork.

hand holding fork with spaghetti squash and meat sauce

When done, drain the water. Carefully scoop out and discard the seeds. Scrape the spaghetti squash from the shells and separate into spaghetti-like strands with a fork. Add salt and pepper to taste.

hand holding fork and stirring the meat sauce and spaghetti squash

While the spaghetti squash is cooking, add your meat to a frying pan and brown until cooked through, then add salt and pepper to taste.

fork holding some spaghetti squash with meat sauce

Add the pasta sauce to the frying pan and mix with cooked ground meat to make the meat sauce.

fork holding spaghetti squash with meat sauce over bowl

Portion out cooked spaghetti squash onto 4 serving plates, top with the meat sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

fork holding some spaghetti squash with meat sauce and parmesan on top

Serve and enjoy!

spaghetti squash with meat sauce in a bowl covered with parmesan cheese

More Microwave Recipes

Did you enjoy this recipe for spaghetti squash? Did you know you can cook lots of food in the microwave? Check out these recipes below for some easy ways to cook food in the microwave!

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Spaghetti Squash With Meat Sauce

This spaghetti squash with meat sauce is amazing! It's so easy to make, healthy and low-carb, and uses just 4 simple ingredients and makes a complete dinner! You can make the meat sauce with ground beef or turkey, whichever you prefer!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spaghetti squash
Cooking Method: Microwave, Stovetop
Diet: Gluten-Free, Keto / Low-Carb
Servings: 4
Calories: 453kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 24 oz pasta sauce
  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Instructions

  • Cut spaghetti squash in half and put in a large microwave-safe dish cut side down. Add 1/2 cup of water to the dish. Microwave spaghetti squash on High for 20 minutes, or until tender. Drain the water. Carefully scoop out and discard the seeds. Scoop out the spaghetti squash from the shells and separate into spaghetti-like strands with a fork. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • While spaghetti squash is cooking, brown ground meat in a frying pan until cooked through, then add salt and pepper to taste. Add pasta sauce to the frying pan and mix with cooked ground meat to make the meat sauce.
  • Put cooked spaghetti squash onto 4 serving plates, top with the meat sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Notes

As an alternative to the microwave, see my recipes for air fryer spaghetti squash and instant pot spaghetti squash.
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Nutrition

Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 1209mg | Potassium: 1141mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 1124IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 246mg | Iron: 5mg
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2 replies
  1. Christopher Cook
    Christopher Cook says:

    5 stars
    My late Ex Mother in law used to make this and personally up until I tried this I hated squash but this was delicious!! I am going to try your recipe!! I had asked my mother in law for hers but she didn’t have one she did all her cooking from memory and she was a great cook too!

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  2. Marcelino
    Marcelino says:

    5 stars
    I always wonder what can I pair Spaghetti Squash, but now I know, and it looks like a tasty one, thank you Melanie, :)

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