Saturday, October 25, 2014

Lasagna Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

I have been a little quiet over the past few months, but know this….I have been cooking.  A few duds, and a few repeats, but nothing blog worthy. (and work has been kicking my butt!!)

Until tonight.  Tonight I decided to make Spaghetti Squash Lasagna. While I came across this in a mindless night on Pinterest…I would love to give credit where credit is due, but I mashed up so many recipes, I’m not sure who to give credit to, so I guess I’ll take it!!

With most dishes, I run the risk of my reviewers….well, ok, my husband.  I usually get an “it’s good”, or “eeeh….you don’t need to make this again.”  Tonight’s dish was a “wow, this is really good”.  So you know that you should try making this.

So with a review like that…you’ll want to make this one!

**Side note: I used the smallest Spaghetti Squashes I have ever seen, and it still had enough squash mixture to make a 8x8 casserole.

Lasagna-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Makes 4 very generous servings

5 pounds spaghetti squash (2 medium-sized squash)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground turkey
1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 cups ricotta, whole or 2%
1/4 cup roughly chopped parsley
16 oz shredded mozzarella, divided
Chopped parsley or basil, to garnish

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cut the squashes in half and scoop out the seeds. Lay them cut-side down in a roasting pan or other baking dish, and add about an inch of water. Roast for 45 to 60 minutes, until soft when poked with a fork. Transfer to a cooling rack until cool enough to handle. (I did this the day before, chilled, and scraped when they were cool)

While the squash is roasting, warm the olive oil in a high-sided skillet or saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in the onions and cook until translucent, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add the ground beef and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cook until well-browned, breaking up the ground turkey into small crumbles, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Continue simmering the sauce until the squashes are ready, 5 to 20 minutes. Taste the sauce and add more salt if desired.

Use a fork to shred the inside of the squash, down to the shell. Mix the shredded squash into the tomato meat sauce. In a separate bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, mozzarella and the parsley and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Wipe out the roasting pan and arrange the squash shells inside, like bowls. Divide half of the ricotta mixture between the shells, using a spoon to spread the ricotta evenly over the bottom of the shells. Divide half the tomato sauce between the shells, spooning over top of the ricotta. Top with another layer of ricotta and tomato sauce.

→ At this point, the shells can be covered and refrigerated for up to 24 hours. Add an extra 10 minutes to the cooking time.

Bake the shells for 15 minutes at 400°F. Sprinkle the mozzarella over the tops of the squashes and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and browned in spots. (For a more golden top, run the squashes under the broiler for a minute or two.)

Sprinkle parsley or basil over the tops and serve immediately. Leftovers will keep for 1 week in the fridge.

Recipe Notes
Casserole Version: Instead of stuffing the squash shells, this can be baked casserole-style in an 2-quart (8x8-inch) baking dish. Layer 1/3 of the tomato sauce into the dish, followed by 1/2 the ricotta and another 1/3 of the sauce. Top with the remaining ricotta and the tomato sauce. Bake for 15 minutes, then sprinkle with mozzarella. Bake another 15 to 20 minutes, until bubbly.  (I made this and froze it until I’m ready to make a quick dinner….truth be told, the neighbors are on vacation, so I used their freezer, and left instructions on how to cook.)

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