Roast Spaghetti Squash with Sausage (or Meat) Tomato Sauce

This simple spaghetti squash recipe with meat tomato sauce is a great everyday low carb meal for the entire family. Enjoy! 

Spaghetti Squash Recipe with Meat Tomato Sauce Recipe @whiteonrice

For Thanksgiving last week we were visiting family in Eastern Oregon and there was a brief period that we were in minus 6 degree F weather. Brrr. -6 degrees F? That’s what we said, especially for us Southern California folk that live in 80 degree Winters. When visiting cold weather, it’s dishes like oven roasted spaghetti squash that keeps us warm and satisfied!

We departed from the Grande Ronde Valley at 6:30 am and it was dark, cold and snowy. Heading up through Deadmans Pass in the Blue Mountains this time of year should always be driven with caution, especially when the fresh snow can easily hide black ice. At about 25 degrees F, we were well prepared with our layers of warm clothes. As we headed up the pass, the weather immediately started dropping. 15 degrees F. Then it dropped to 5 degrees F. Then minus 1. Whoa. When it hit minus 6, we were thinking, “how cool. Thank goodness we’re in the heated car!”.

Watch the quick video for making the Spaghetti Squash with a Meat Tomato Sauce

 

this is what minus 6 below F looks like….from the car

Cold Winter in Eastern Oregon from @whiteonrice

Roast spaghetti squash recipe with meat tomato sauce Sausage Marinara on @whiteonrice

Spaghetti Squash Recipe with Meat Tomato Sauce Recipe @whiteonrice

Thankfully, we made it up and down the pass in good shape, no slipping or sliding on black ice. As we made good time, we made it to Portland a little early for our flight. So guess what the most obvious thing to do is when you’re in Portland? Why, eat lunch at Pok Pok, of course.

After we made it home, we were still craving more warm, comfort foods because we finally are getting rain and though it’s not frigid outside, it’s cool enough to keep those cravings alive.

This roast spaghetti squash recipe is one of those simple weeknight recipes that we can whip together quickly and still have a great home cooked dinner thats satisfying and healthy. We really need these lighter spaghetti squash dinners after a weeklong Thanksgiving eating fest with our families.

Hope you all had a safe and delicious Thanksgiving. Now it’s onward to Christmas! Can’t believe we’re already in December!

Enjoy,

diane and todd

Spaghetti Squash Recipe with Meat Tomato Sauce Recipe @whiteonrice

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Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash Recipe from Kalyns Kitchen
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Roast Spaghetti Squash with Sausage (or Meat) Tomato Sauce Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
This recipe is so easy and adaptable to what ever meat you like. Add sausage, ground turkey or chicken and it all tastes great. You can even skip the meat and make it vegetarian. The possibilities are endless!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 574 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 spaghetti squash , about 3 pounds (1365g)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil , divided
  • 1 pound uncooked sausage (removed from casing) or any ground meat
  • 1 medium onion , minced
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 14.5 ounces tomato sauce , crushed, or diced tomatoes (choose your tomato texture!)
  • kosher salt or sea salt , or more to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper , to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese , or to taste
  • little bit of different spices: dried thyme , oregano, paprika or anything you like (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley , minced (optional)
Directions
  1. Preheat Oven to 375°F. Oil a sheet pan with the first one tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. Slice spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. (Use the tip of the knife to first pierce and get the cut started. Once you get the first cut started the rest of the squash should slice easily.) Scoop out the seeds and stringy strands, then place cut side down on the prepared sheet pan.
  3. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the squash flesh separates easily into strands with a fork. Finish loosening and removing the "spaghetti" from the shells and set aside.
  4. While the spaghetti squash roasts, make the sauce: Heat a large pan over medium-high heat and then add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add onion and garlic, cook until translucent. Add meat and break up any large lumps. Cook the meat until browned and almost cooked through.

  5. Add tomato sauce (or crushed or diced tomatoes), salt and pepper to taste. Add optional spices. Simmer sauce on low heat for about 20 minutes.

  6. Scoop spaghetti squash to a serving bowl and top with meat tomato sauce. Or loosen the spaghetti squash in shell and serve the sauce on top of squash in the same shell.
  7. Top with parmesan cheese and parsley. Serve warm.
{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Erica

    I made this last night and it was the bomb dot com!

  2. Tracy | Pale Yellow

    A perfectly warm and yummy dinner! Looks delish!

  3. Chrissy

    Are you sure it was -6F? That’s about -21C. In Oregon? Even Whitehorse in the Yukon is only -12C (the Canadian province next to Alaska. I think you might be mistaken.
    But, your recipe looks wonderful and I must say that I love your blog!!
    xo

    1. White on Rice Couple

      No mistake. It was an early cold front but it was nasty cold and we were traveling at nearly the coldest time, just at sunrise. Even Portland was down to 20 F. In in mountains on the east side we can get cold. I remember some extra cold winters we’d have a week or two were even the highs would be -10 to -15 degrees F. It hurt to breathe.

  4. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

    This looks so warm and hearty, but still light and healthy! I still haven’t tried spaghetti squash, so this just may be my first recipe to try!

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