This has to be the easiest meal you will ever prepare! All you have to do is throw everything in the crock pot and forget about it until dinner time! Spaghetti squash is a GREAT, healthy substitute for pasta in any recipe! It provides you with a similar texture and it tastes like whatever you cook it in. I love spaghetti squash and pesto for a super quick side dish! Today I am showing you my rendition of spaghetti with meat sauce.
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 1 lb lean ground turkey or lean ground beef
- 2 cans of pasta sauce of your choice–or homemade sauce if you are extra domesticated, but I have not learned this trade yet.
That’s it! You can top with yummy parmesan cheese, add spices to the sauce such as my favorites: basil, garlic, and crushed red pepper, but I’m leaving the ball in your court! Depending on what kind of pasta sauce you choose, you may not even need to add anything more!
Put your crock pot on high. Place pasta sauce and ground meat in crock pot. (Use a spatula to break apart the ground meat as much as possible so you don’t end up with a giant meat log!) Cut your spaghetti squash in half. Put each half cut side down into the sauce/meat mixture. I have a wide oval shaped crock pot–this worked best fitting both halves in the sauce. Cover, and cook for 6-8 hours.
In 6-8 hours, pull out the spaghetti squash halves. Let cool for 30 minutes or so. Once cooled, take a fork and scrap out the insides of the squash –they will come out in strands, looking like spaghetti (hence the name). It is best to pull out and put over a thin strainer because it will have a bit of water in with it. Finally, serve with the pasta sauce and VOILA! Dinner is served! Serve with a nice side salad and some ezekiel bread if you need your bread with your pasta dishes 🙂
If you don’t have a crock pot you are crazy! It is the best way to complete dinners with a crazy and hectic schedule! I’ll have plenty of recipes in the future involving the crock pot. It’s a savior for meal preps! Here (Link below) is the very crock pot I own— cheap and functional!! You don’t need a $150 dollar crock pot that has 7 functions, 2 containers, and tucks your children in bed for you. This one is less than $20 and it’s been doing its thing for 5 plus years without problems.