Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bowls (Gluten Free)

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These bowls of golden spaghetti squash with a delicious meaty (or fake meat as is our case) are so good you’ll think you’ve died and gone to an Italian vegetarian heaven.  Or a hippie commune but it’s pretty much the same thing, right?

Ingredients

Roasted Spaghetti Squash

  • 2 small spaghetti squash, cut in half and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Meat Or Meatless Sauce

  • 1 pound ground turkey (or substitute your favorite meatless meat)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon basil, chopped

Stuffing Stuff

  • 1 cup low fat cottage cheese or ricotta
  • 1 tablespoon basil, chopped
  • 1 cup partially skim mozzarella, shredded

Directions

FOR THE ROASTED SPAGHETTI SQUASH:

Brush the inner flesh of the spaghetti squash with oil, season with salt and pepper and roast, skin side up, in a preheated 400F oven until tender, about 30 minutes.

FOR THE LASAGNA MEAT SAUCE:

Meanwhile, cook the turkey, about 8-10 minutes, and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat, add the onion and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, and fennel and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
Add the turkey, tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, bay leaf, paprika, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the spaghetti squash is cooked and then mix in the basil and remove from heat.
FOR THE LASAGNA STUFFED SPAGHETTI SQUASH:

Fluff up some of the inside of each spaghetti squash half, divide the mixture of the cottage cheese and basil between them followed by the sauce and the cheese.
Broil in the oven until the cheese has melted and turned a light golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
Option: Use ground beef or Italian sausage instead of ground turkey.
Option: Instead of making the sauce from scratch, use your favourite marinara or other tomato sauce.
Option: Add one 2 inch piece of parmesan rind to the sauce while it simmers.

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