Spaghetti Squash Pasta Bake

If you're looking for a new spin on an old recipe or just want to try something completely different, look no further.

If you look carefully in your grocery store's produce section, you'll probably find spaghetti squash. They don't look like much from the outside, but inside they're packed with lots of yummy goodness.

The meat of this squash shreds when you cut into it, giving it the shape and consistency of pasta. But instead of cooking up your own pasta, you have the added health benefits of fresh produce. Add your favorite pasta sauce to the middle and you've got a winning combination.

2 small spaghetti squash (or one large one if desired)
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
1 pound ground turkey
1 can cranberry sauce
1 jar pasta sauce
1 bag shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

2. Cut the squash in half and lightly coat the inside with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Roast the squash skin side up for 30 minutes. It will become warm and tender. Remove and turn the oven to broil.

4. In a large skillet, brown the meat and add the cranberry sauce and pasta sauce. Simmer until the squash is done.

5. Using a fork, shred the inside of the squash to fluff up the "pasta." Fill with the meat sauce mixture and top with shredded cheese.

6. Broil for 2-3 minutes, until the cheese is melted and golden brown.

One small half is enough for one person.


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