Monday, January 30, 2012

Turkey Bolognese w/ Spaghetti Squash

Hope you all had a great weekend!  
This is a dish I've been meaning to try for a long time.  My good friend Arran first introduced me to spaghetti squash and I instantly took a liking to it.  The best thing about it is how versatile it is.  It's great as a side, and it's great as a pasta stand in.  Which is exactly how I used it for this recipe.  
Begin by baking the spaghetti squash.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Cut the squash in half and place a tin foil lined baking dish.  Bake for around 45 minutes, until soft in the center and you can easily scrape out the squash.
While the squash is cooking, prepare the sauce.  Chop up 1 medium onion, 2 celery stalks, 1 large carrot.  Along with 3 garlic cloves, minced.
In a large nonstick skillet add one tablespoon of oil.  Then add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic.  Cook until the vegetables are tender, around 15 minutes.  Transfer to a medium bowl.
Add the turkey to the skillet and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until almost cooked through. 
Add the vegetables back to the pan, as well as crushed tomatoes.  Bring to a simmer, and cook until the turkey is through and sauce begins to thicken.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve over spaghetti squash and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  I really enjoyed this dinner.  Total of 300 calories, and you honestly won't miss the pasta one bit!  Try it and please let me know what you think, I guarantee you'll be impressed :)

Turkey Bolognese w/ Spaghetti Squash
Serves 4
Adapted from Everyday Food

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced small
1 large carrot, diced small
2 small celery stalks, diced small
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground turkey breast
2 cups crushed tomatoes, from the can or done by hand
coarse salt and ground pepper
6 cups cooked spaghetti squash
grated Parmesan, for serving

In a large nonstick skillet add one tablespoon of olive oil.
Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic.
Cook, until vegetables are tender, around 15 minutes.
Transfer to a medium bowl.
Add the remaining olive olive oil to the skillet.
Add the turkey and cook, breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon.
Cook until almost cooked through, around 5 minutes.
Add the vegetables and tomatoes and bring to a simmer.
Cook until turkey is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.
Season with salt and pepper.
Serve over cooked spaghetti squash and top with grated Parmesan.

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