Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"Spaghetti" w Spicy Meat Sauce

For the sauce...
   1 lb ground turkey (I like 93/7)
   1 jar tomato sauce (ideally "fra diavolo" - I use Simply Enjoy brand)
   Spices used liberally: garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, thyme, and nutmeg.
   You can use S&P but I don't typically in this recipe.
   Reduced-fat parmesan cheese

For the "spaghetti"...
   Spaghetti squash -OR-
   Whole wheat angel hair pasta

Boil the water and cook the pasta as directed. -OR-
Prepare the spaghetti squash...

Microwave full squash for 45 seconds to soften the skin. Cut squash into quarters and remove seeds. Place into large microwave-safe dish cut side down, with 1/4 cup of water. Cover dish with plastic wrap and microwave for 7-10 minutes. Cool for a minute or two, then scrape the flesh of the squash with a fork, forming strands (like spaghetti!). Squash can be cooked in the oven (at 375 for 40ish mins) but the microwave is way faster, clearly.

For the sauce...
In a large/deep saute pan, brown the meat over med-high heat with the spices. When cooked through, reduce heat to low and add majority of the jar of sauce into meat. Cook on low. I reccomend using a splatter shield here. I have ruined too many white shirts.

Combine remaining sauce with cooked "spaghetti" (either/or). Top with meat sauce, and serve with RF parmesan cheese, and fall in love.

Recipe courtesy of ~ yours truly AND we salute Hungry Girl for saluting Spaghetti Squash!

Ok ok, so I know that the traditional, make-it-yourself sauce is a little more involved than this... I kind of cheated here with the jarred sauce and all. But I'm not Italian, so it's completely kosher.

I am telling you- this is the quickest, yummiest, and can be the healthiest week-night meal! If you don't like it spicy, use a regular tomato/basil sauce. If you are seeing red that day, go with ground beef as opposed to ground turkey. If you are watching your girlish figure (like I am)- the spaghetti squash totally cuts it. It is so filling, you are still getting your veggies, and it really feels like  you are eating something you shouldn't be! What's better than that, you ask? Not much, I say!


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