I made some spaghetti and it turned out so good and super filling. One batch could last you the entire week! Chicken or turkey can be substituted for the ground beef. Try adding Italian herbs, like parsley, oregano, and fennel.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Pour water into a baking dish. Place squash halves with cut sides down in baking dish; roast for until tender, 30 to 40 minutes.

  • While squash is baking, cook and stir ground beef and onions in a skillet over medium-high heat until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease. Set beef aside.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir mushrooms, zucchini, green and red bell peppers, both amounts of crushed tomatoes, basil, oregano and thyme. Simmer over medium heat until vegetables are cooked through and tender, about 10 minutes. Add the ground beef and onions; stir to combine. Simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally, while you finish preparing spaghetti squash.

  • Scrape the inside of hot spaghetti squash halves with a fork to shred the squash into strands; divide onto 8 plates. Drizzle each serving of spaghetti squash with 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil and top each serving with a generous amount of meat sauce.

Nutrition Facts

388 calories; protein 17g 34% DV; carbohydrates 14.5g 5% DV; fat 29.9g 46% DV; cholesterol 52.2mg 17% DV; sodium 167.1mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2016
Absolutely amazing! My kids prefer this recipe over regular spaghetti sauce with meat and sausage in it. This is amazing on spaghetti squash or by itself. Its very tasty and easy to make. The flavors are wonderful! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/17/2012
For a paleo diet dinner it was ok. But I agree that it's way too bland. Read More
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76 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 49
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 3 stars
11/17/2012
For a paleo diet dinner it was ok. But I agree that it's way too bland. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/20/2012
The dish needed more flavor...garlic would have been a great addition. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/26/2012
More flavor was needed in this dish. The spaghetti squash is watery and bland and I will not buy again. The sauce made lots and I had to tweak it so I added some leftover spaghetti sauce garlic oregano italian seasoning and a little salt. The sauce then worked great served over spaghetti. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2016
Absolutely amazing! My kids prefer this recipe over regular spaghetti sauce with meat and sausage in it. This is amazing on spaghetti squash or by itself. Its very tasty and easy to make. The flavors are wonderful! Read More
(7)
Rating: 3 stars
06/19/2013
Relatively bland but simple meal. I needed to use 2 spaghetti squash not 1. Good leftovers. I've made better spag. squash paleo recipes so I'd honestly skip this if you were considering. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/20/2014
I appreciate the ingredients but something is missing... and it's not just salt. As a side note the amount of salt I added to this dish is appalling. It needs something that would add depth and tie it all together and I'm not sure what that ingredient is. As it stands now the recipe is very bland and one note. However the spaghetti squash is fab. This recipe inspires me to use spaghetti squash as a pasta sub in other dishes. We loved the texture and didn't even miss the pasta! Just need to figure out how to spice this dish up because it definitely has potential! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2014
I used 1 pound of Bison and 1 pound of Veal and made meatballs. I added 4 garlic cloves salt and use whole peeled tomatoes and crushed them with my cavewoman's hand!!. I only put 2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes not 1 tablespoon I may use less next time. Very tasty!! I'm learning how to cook for my Paleo diet and this will defiantly go into by recipe box!!!! Here's to our Health!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2016
This is a great recipe. So what if it is a bit bland... Don't give it a one star because you can't add flavor to your recipes. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/21/2015
I added everything in the recipe minus the red pepper flakes. I cooked the onions by themselves in a tiny bit of olive oil to bring out the flavor the added to them to the cooked hamburger meat and seasoned with sea salt pepper and dried basil thyme and oregano. I then cooked the rest of the ingredients as suggested except I added a larger fresh tomato diced finely peeled plum tomatoes I crushed by hand and 5 garlic cloves finely diced. I added the herbs 1 at a time a couple minutes apart and then seasoned this with sea salt and pepper to taste. Once the sauce which tasted fantastic by the way by itself was added to the meat mixture it lost some of the flavor so I added some dried Italian seasoning (basil thyme and oregano) and that did the trick. My 17 year old son who hates mushrooms and spaghetti squash loved this. Definitely will cook this again. Read More
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