Texas Turkey Spaghetti Squash Bake

In the last year I have discovered a wonderful new vegetable: spaghetti squash. I have made “spaghetti” with it many times, and it’s a great way to feel like I’m eating a high calorie/comfort food meal but stay in my daily goals. That being said, one can only eat so much of the same meal with the same ingredient. I was getting bored and it was time for some variety. I played around with a few of my favorite flavors and came up with Texas Turkey Spaghetti Squash Bake.

Texas Turkey Spaghetti Squash Bake. This gluten free and paleo recipe is not only a healthy dinner idea but it's delicious and man approved. Spaghetti squash recipes are a great way to sneak in some extra vegetables for your family. | The Bewitchin' Kitchen

I have never been to Texas, nor do I know anything about it (other than it being the Lonestar State). That being said Texas Turkey Spaghetti Squash sounded much better than Southwestern Turkey Spaghetti Squash. The alliteration made my ears dance and I had to keep it. (Yes, I just used some personification and yes, I had to Google it to make sure I had the right word. Don’t judge, 5th grade English was a long time ago.)

Seeding spaghetti squash. Texas Turkey Spaghetti Squash Bake: A gluten free and paleo recipe that is not only filling and delicious but MAN APPROVED as well. Spaghetti squash recipes are a great way to add in some extra vegetables for your family. | The Bewitchin' Kitchen

Everything I did for this recipe was made up on the spot, I usually never use measuring spoons but I kept them handy because I wanted to have something to say other then “dump some cumin in”. I wanted it precise. The only thing I needed help from Google on was how to roast halved Spaghetti Squash (before this I always just stabbed it a bunch and cooked it whole).

How To Roast Spaghetti Squash

First take your squash and slice it in half, lengthwise. When you open it up you will find a a mess of stringy flesh and seeds, simply scoop that stuff out. Lightly drizzle from olive oil over the squash and season. Place flesh side down onto a baking tray and roast at 400 degrees for about an hour. As it’s roasting, prep your sauce (recipe below).

How to roast a spaghetti squash. Texas Turkey Spaghetti Squash Bake: A gluten free and paleo recipe that is not only filling and delicious but MAN APPROVED as well. Spaghetti squash recipes are a great way to add in some extra vegetables for your family. | The Bewitchin' Kitchen

If you like this recipe then you will LOVE my Tomato Pesto Spaghetti Squash Bake.

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Texas Turkey Spaghetti Squash Bake

This gluten free and paleo recipe is not only a healthy dinner idea but it’s delicious and man approved. Spaghetti squash recipes are a great way to sneak in some extra vegetables for your family. | The Bewitchin’ Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • Roasted spaghetti squash, halved
  • 1 package ground turkey (I had a half pound)
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4-1/2 bell pepper (green would be ideal)
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2 tsps chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 cup red wine (I used a cabernet merlot)
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 5-6 basil leaves
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp oregano

Optional but recommend

  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Italian Blend Cheese

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet or pot over medium heat, scramble fry the turkey until almost done. Season with 1 tsp of the chili powder.
  2. Add onion and bell pepper until onion is translucent. Add garlic cook until fragrant.
  3. Add your sauce, paste and spices. I noticed at this point the sauce was too thick and didn’t look right so I added some red wine. I didn’t measure it out (whoops) but it looked to be about 1/4 cup.
  4. Simmer on low until spaghetti squash is cooked (about an hour). The longer is simmers, the better the sauce.
Assemble

Once the sauce is cooking to your liking and the squash is out of the oven, scoop the sauce onto the squash. It will fill the crater that you have made from scooping the seeds out. Pile it high.

Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.

Add cheeses and bake for another 10 – 15 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown.

Let cool and enjoy.

Personally, I added 2 tbsps of shaved Parmesan and 1/3 cup of part skim Italian blend cheese and it came to 429 calories and was incredibly filling.

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Texas Turkey Spaghetti Squash Bake: A gluten free and paleo recipe that is not only filling and delicious but MAN APPROVED as well. Spaghetti squash recipes are a great way to add in some extra vegetables for your family. | The Bewitchin' Kitchen

Looking for more low carb recipes? Check out my two favorites: Cauliflower Pizza Crust and Paleo Turkey Stuffed Peppers.

Have you tried cooking with Spaghetti Squash? What’s your favorite way to cook it?

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Texas Turkey Spaghetti Squash Bake. This gluten free recipe is not only a healthy dinner idea but it's delicious and man approved. Spaghetti squash recipes are a great way to sneak in some extra vegetables for your family. Take out the cheese to make it paleo.

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24 comments on “Texas Turkey Spaghetti Squash Bake”

  1. Oh yummy!! I’ve heard of this before and keep forgetting to try it out. Your recipe sounds tasty! I might have to try it this weekend πŸ™‚

    • It’s so versatile. You can even through a can of prego with some meat and it would be still good πŸ˜‰

      Well, maybe. I have found the sauce makes the meal through trial and error.

  2. Oh this looks fabulous! I love spaghetti squash and am always looking for new ways to cook it. Thanks for sharing this one!

    • My mom recently made a pizza crust with it. It was pretty good. I’m going to try to find the recipe and tweek it a bit (I think there was a lot of cheese in it).

  3. I’m a little new to spaghetti squash – looks like a great recipe, I’ll have to give it a try.

  4. This look PHENOM! I just discovered zucchini sticks lol so this will be a first me as well!!

    • Yes, they looked good when you sent the photo. I have always been iffy on it but now I have to try it (if my zucchini ever grows..grrr).

  5. WOW! That looks delicious! I’ve stuffed peppers and portobello mushrooms before but I never thought of stuffing squash. I may have to try this once fall starts to set in. Thanks for sharing!

  6. NOW you’re talkin’!! I adore spaghetti squash, it’s one of my go-to foods.

    Love this recipe, too.

    Pinning!

  7. Is that one half a single serving? It looks yum but I don’t think I could convince Sam & Max to eat it too. I think I’m more open to the squash than they are πŸ˜‰

  8. Thanks for the step-by-step instructions to create this awesome recipe! I like how the dish is served in little squash “boats”!

  9. I have not, but heard about it. Your recipe looks really easy and delicious. I just pinned it and thanks for sharing:)

  10. I’ve made a version of this before. so good!

  11. I wanna try this recipe. Looks delicious!

  12. This looks awesome! My hubby and the munchkin love squash…me not so much πŸ™ But at least him and baby will be happy πŸ™‚ You have an adorable blog! I am reading all about your success weight loss story! Good for you!

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  15. My daughter and I just started eating spaghetti squash this summer. It is really good with spaghetti sauce.

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