Growing up in an Argentinian/Italian household in New Jersey I ate my share of pasta. My mom was known for cooking and her marinara sauce was her number one recipe. Her marinara sauce was well known throughout my circle of friends and even their friends. In fact, she had helped during a cooking class to teach my friend’s mom how to make it. I still crave pasta pretty often, so I have figured out a way to eat my "spaghetti" with this healthy Italian recipe.
If you’ve never had spaghetti squash you will wonder why it took you so long to try it. Roasting the squash gives it a great savory yet sweet flavor with an awesome texture that will help "squash" your pasta craving. I use my mom’s tomato sauce recipe (which I will post soon) but any marinara sauce will work. When topped with some melted mozzarella and Parmesan it hits all the flavors of Italian cooking. I hope you enjoy this recipe.
You can modify this recipe in lots of way by adding some turkey meatballs, chicken sausage, or even sound ground turkey. Feel free to add protein as you see fit. Don't be afraid to use your imagination and tweak this and any recipe to your taste . We love to hear from you so please share your ideas, healthy Italian recipe and tips with us.
Here is my way to satisfy my pasta cravings with a healthier version using spaghetti squash
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and rub inside with olive oil and salt and pepper liberally. Place on sheet pan cut side down
Roast in oven at 350 degrees for 30-35 mins. You will know it's ready when you can poke a fork through skin easily.
Remove from oven and let cool.
Using a fork, pull flesh from shell. It should look like spaghetti. Place is bowl and drain excess liquid. Place the "spaghetti" back in shells
Top with marianara sauce (optional - turkey meatballs, chicken sausage, ground turkey)
Slice and top with fresh mozzarella and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper.
Place back in oven under broiler until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Remove from oven and top with fresh oregano or/and basil garnish. Serve and enjoy.