This recipe is great because it is so versatile. You can use up those veggies that are on their last leg or really make it fancy for a special occasion too! Kid-friendly, fast, and easy. Garnish with a sprinkle of shredded cheese or sour cream if desired.

Emily

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 servings
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Place spaghetti squash halves, cut sides down, on a baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until flesh is tender and easily shreds when punctured with a fork, 20 to 30 minutes. Carefully shred flesh with a fork until it resembles spaghetti.

  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir bell peppers, onion, and garlic in the hot oil until slightly tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add ground turkey to vegetable mixture; cook and stir until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.

  • Mix black beans, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken bouillon, chili powder, garlic powder, seasoned salt, cumin, and red pepper flakes into ground turkey mixture; cook until heated through and flavors have blended, about 10 minutes.

  • Spoon spaghetti squash onto each plate; top with ground turkey mixture.

Cook's Note:

If you don't have spaghetti squash or simply don't prefer it, you can use regular pasta noodles, rice, or even use a tortilla and use the mixture as a filling. The possibilities are up to you!

Feel free to use any type of protein. I used ground turkey because that is what I had, but ground beef, tofu, or even an extra can of beans would be great.

Nutrition Facts

334 calories; protein 26.4g 53% DV; carbohydrates 35.8g 12% DV; fat 11.3g 17% DV; cholesterol 67.2mg 22% DV; sodium 1068mg 43% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2014
Really enjoyed this - the flavor is so good! The hubby branded it an 'instant classic'. Followed the recipe almost exactly (drained and rinsed the black beans which was not specified in the recipe. Glad we did.) Threw in the entire can (15 oz) of tomato sauce so we wouldn't be stuck with a half can. Also left out the seasoned salt completely after tasting it first - it didn't need it, it was plenty salty. Loved the sundried tomatoes in this even though I thought I would hate it, and I hate black beans but can barely notice it here. Also read a cool trick for spaghetti squash - cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, add half a cup of water and place the other half back on it. Microwave 12 minutes for a pound - if the top half is soft when it comes out, it's done. Otherwise, put it back in for a few more minutes. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/17/2016
Didn't love it didn't hate it. It was definitely worth trying out but I'm still looking for my go-to spaghetti squash main dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2014
Really enjoyed this - the flavor is so good! The hubby branded it an 'instant classic'. Followed the recipe almost exactly (drained and rinsed the black beans which was not specified in the recipe. Glad we did.) Threw in the entire can (15 oz) of tomato sauce so we wouldn't be stuck with a half can. Also left out the seasoned salt completely after tasting it first - it didn't need it, it was plenty salty. Loved the sundried tomatoes in this even though I thought I would hate it, and I hate black beans but can barely notice it here. Also read a cool trick for spaghetti squash - cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, add half a cup of water and place the other half back on it. Microwave 12 minutes for a pound - if the top half is soft when it comes out, it's done. Otherwise, put it back in for a few more minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2013
I was pleased to find a recipe alternative to the traditional spaghetti squash with spaghetti sauce! This mixture could be put on anything - tortillas taco shells rice lettuce - which is a good thing because the recipe makes way too much "topping" for one spaghetti squash! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2014
Thought it was good. I added some corn. Like others said could use meat mixture on other things! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2014
I made this tonight and it was absolutely fantastic! I followed the recipe exactly except I did not have tomato sauce on hand. I used a 6 oz can of tomato paste to with 1 cup water and Italian seasonings and used all of it. I had a couple of moments of confusion - the "1 cube of chicken bullion" should read 1 cup of chicken broth as you need the liquid and could use actual broth or cube or granules to make broth. The other was that you really want to start the turkey mixture before the squash is ready or your squash will get cool. Excellent taste and very healthy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2016
This recipe introduced me to spaghetti squash! I love it! I didn't have any sun dried tomatoes so I've been adding Rotel tomatoes with cilantro & lime instead. Yummy. Thank you so much!! I have made it a bunch of times & will have it again tonight. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2016
I am pleasantly surprised! I had to make a few adjustments due to what I had on hand- no tomato sauce so I used a can (with juices) of diced tomatoes. I am not a fan of the ingredients in bouillon so I used about a half can of chicken broth which actually made it a bit runnier than I would have liked but let it simmer for about 10 minutes and turned out perfect. Left out the beans although I'm sure they'd be good in this! Squash needs to cook twice as long as stated. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2016
Delicious! My family and I liked the flavor of this recipe. The sauce was so good and is good on its own too!?? We will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/10/2014
This is like a Mexican spaghetti sauce! I did add more tomato sauce to get that consistency. Makes a great meal. I dolloped a little sour cream on top. Will make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2013
A great alternative to pasta! Loved this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/17/2016
Didn't love it didn't hate it. It was definitely worth trying out but I'm still looking for my go-to spaghetti squash main dish. Read More