Baked Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Turkey Ragu

 

Spaghetti Squash is a one of my favorite vegetables to work with. It is so versatile and satisfying, every time I make it I feel like I am eating pasta. Nothing rings truer with that statement than this dish. This healthy take on Lasagna is cheesy, creamy, and oh so delicious. You really feel like you are eating the real deal. When I make this dish I always like to make a big batch of the turkey ragu because I keep it in my fridge all week and make so many different recipes with it. Make this¬†Lasagna and you’ll never go back to the carb filled one!

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Baked Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Turkey Ragu

  • Prep Time: 30m
  • Cook Time: 2h 15m
  • Total Time: 2h 45m
  • Serves: 4
  • Yield: 2 large Lasagna Bowls

Ingredients

for the Lasagna Bowls:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • about 4 cups turkey ragu (recipe follows) or can use store bought
  • 1 c low fat ricotta
  • 1 1/2 c part skim mozzarella, shredded
  • 4 tablespoons basil
  • salt and pepper

for the Turkey Ragu:

  • 1 lb 99% lean ground turkey breast
  • 1/4 lb ground italian sausage
  • 1 yellow onion, small chopped
  • 2 carrots, small chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, small chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, depending on how spicy you like it
  • 2 tsp. dry oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 c dry white wine, I used Pinot Grigio
  • 29 oz can whole San Marzano tomatoes
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 425 degrees.
  2. Cut the spaghetti squash in half. Drizzle the inside with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the squash flesh side down on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. The squash skin will be tender to the touch when it is ready.
  3. While the squash is baking, heat up a large dutch oven on medium/high heat with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. When the pan is hot, add the onion, carrot, and celery. Sweat the vegetables until they are almost soft, about 10 minutes. You do not want color on the vegetables; the onion will turn translucent when it is ready. Then add the garlic, red pepper flakes, and oregano and cook another 2 minutes. When the garlic is done, add the ground meat. Cook the meat until there is no pink left; this should take about 10 minutes. When the meat is fully cooked, deglaze the pan with the white wine. Let the wine bubble and reduce. When the wine is most all evaporated, add the tomatoes, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Bring the sauce to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 45 minutes to an hour until the sauce is thick and has developed it\'s flavor. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning accordingly.
  4. When the squash is finished cooking, set aside to cool. Once cool, with a fork, scrape the flesh of the squash into a bowl. Add about 4 cups of the ragu to the flesh of the squash and mix. You can add one cup at a time and mix to assess how much sauce you want. This mixture should be about a 50/50 ratio of squash to ragu. When the mixture is combined I like to tear basil into the squash to add a touch of freshness.
  5. To assemble the lasagna bowls: put a layer of the squash and ragu mixture at the bottom of each \"squash bowl\". Then add about a 1/4 cup of ricotta on top (smoothing it out). Then top with some mozzarella (about 1/3 cup). Repeat this process to fill the bowls to the top. I usually only have 2 layers. Broil the bowls in a baking dish for 5 to 10 minutes. The lasagna is ready when the cheese is bubbly and golden brown on top. Serve hot and enjoy!

xo, Rachel

 

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