I could eat this meal time and time again. Baked ziti is such a delicious comfort food, but this spin is a healthier version. Made very similar to traditional baked ziti, the spaghetti squash replaces the pasta lowering the calorie and carb count, although it doesn’t replace the flavor!
Spaghetti Squash is filled with lots of vitamins such as Vitamin C, A, B and K. It’s improves your skin, nails, eyes, helps keep hair and bones strong and healthy as well as improve your immune system. A good source of minerals and fiber, it will leave you feeling full longer.
I like to make my own sauce for this dish, but you can buy store bought sauce for a super quick meal. Below is the recipe for my go to sauce as well as The Baked Spaghetti Squash.
Elle’s Homemade Sauce
- 1 Sm. Chopped Onion
- 4 Chopped Garlic Cloves
- Olive Oil
- 2 Cans San Marzano Diced Tomatoes
- 1 Can San Marzano Whole Peeled Tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
- 1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
- 1 Tsp. Crushed Red Pepper
- 1 Tsp. Crushed & Dried Oregano
- 1 Tsp. Crushed & Dried Basil
- 2 Dried Bay Leaves
Heat up a big pot on a low to medium heat setting and add in about 1/2 a cup of olive oil. Once heated, add in chopped onions and let them simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in chopped garlic and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Once garlic is golden (but not burnt) add in the 3 cans of tomatoes. Stir all together. Add in your spices and bay leaves. Stir again. Turn heat up to higher cover for 5-10 minutes, letting the sauce come to a boil and meld all of the flavors. Uncover, add the Tomatoe paste to thicken, and the brown sugar to cut the acidity from the tomatoes. Stir again and set the heat to low. Allow the sauce to simmer for 2-3 hours stirring occasionally.
Spaghetti Squash Baked Ziti
- 1 Spaghetti Squash
- 3 C. Tomato Sauce
- 1 16 oz Tub of Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
- 1 1/2 C. Shredded Part- Skim Mozzarella
- 1 P. Ground Turkey
Preheat oven to 350. Prepare the Spaghetti Squash using a fork to poke about 8 holes all over. On a microwave safe dish, microwave on high for 12 minutes turning over halfway through. In the meantime cook the chopped turkey through in a skillet and drain from any fat. Once the spaghetti squash is cooked, remove from microwave and let cool while you gather the rest of your ingredients. Carefully cut the spaghetti squash lengthwise and with a spoon, remove the seeds. Use a fork to scoop the spaghetti out into a large bowl. On an baking pan or Pyrex, place emptied squash shells so that they remain upright. Set aside.
With your spaghetti squash in a large bowl, add in the tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, ground turkey and half of the Mozzarella mixture. Using two forks or tongs, toss together. Fill both halves of the Spaghetti Squash shells with the mixture, topping it with the remaining shredded Mozzarella and bake for 20 mins. Enjoy!