This week, I expanded my horizons and tried something a bit more complicated than muffins. I am not going to lie, I was 100% certain that this was going to end up a complete disaster BUT it actually turned out pretty good. Yay!! Check out the process of making baked spaghetti squash with homemade tomato meat sauce (lengthy I know):
This week I got a delicious recipe from a website called Salu Salo Recipes. This website was great for preparing you to create this dish. It gave you a list of ingredients with proportions need and included prep time which is always nice to know in advance. However, here are a couple things I would keep in mind if you are making this recipe:
- It doesn’t actually take 1 hr 15min. I prepped the meat sauce while the spaghetti squash was cooking and the process went way faster. You don’t have to worry about anything getting cold because you are going to bake it in the end anyways!
- Fry your hamburger separate! In the instructions, it tells you to fry the hamburger in the same pan as everything else. However, if you do it this way you will get an excess amount of grease in your sauce. Fry the hamburger seperate, drain the grease, then add it to your tomato sauce mixture after.
Okay, into the good stuff…
- I cut the spaghetti squash in half and scooped out the insides. If you didn’t know, these things are hard… cut with caution! (or maybe use a better knife than I did). I then brushed some olive oil on the insides, put them face down on the pan, and stuck them in the oven for 30 minutes. If you are unsure how to cook a spaghetti squash, Love and Lemons is a great source for some guidance.
2. While the squash was cooking, I made the tomato sauce. I fried up my hamburger in one pan, fried the onions and garlic in another. I then combined the two together, added in a can of crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning with some salt and pepper and VOILA! We have tomato sauce!
3. By this point, 30 minutes have passed and the spaghetti squash was cooked. I took it out of the oven, flipped it over and let it cool for a while. After it was cooled, I took a fork and gently scraped the insides of the squash to create “spaghetti”.
4. I then took the tomato sauce and scooped it into the squash bowl. Once I was happy with amounts, I took some shredded herb and garlic cheese (this was just my preference, you can use any kind you prefer), and baked it in the oven for five minutes. When everything was baked to perfection, I sprinkled some parsley on top and it was ready to go. Here was the final product!
Again, this was a delicious recipe and was surprisingly easy to cook. Something I will definitely be making again. If reading this post made you hungry and you want to try it for yourself, you are in luck! I have the link for you here. Enjoy!