Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Recipe - "Spaghetti" & meat sauce

I've had some rave reviews and requests for my "spaghetti" & meat sauce recipe. Some of it is a little by taste, but here is the basic idea.

1 spaghetti squash
1 lb. ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. butter
1 can (14 oz.) crushed/diced tomatoes with basil and herbs
1+ tsp. Italian seasoning (dried)
1+ tsp. Basil (dried)
1+ tsp. salt
1/2 + tsp. pepper
2 diced tomatoes
Parmesan cheese (optional)

Saute the onion in the butter until transparent, then add the garlic and continue to cook for a few minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic. Add the ground beef and cook until browned and cooked, then add the seasonings and the can of tomatoes. Let simmer for about 30 minutes and start tasting. I think the secret to its flavor is the basil.

Cook the spaghetti squash by quartering it lengthwise, remove the seeds and membrane, and then turn the pieces upside down in a microwave safe dish with 1" of water. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and microwave until done (anywhere from 15-30 minutes).

Scrape the "spaghetti" out of the squash. Each serving would have some "spaghetti" with about 1/4 of the meat mixture on top, then some diced fresh tomatoes on top of that, and Parmesan cheese if desired.

This has become one of our favorite recipes. Hope you all enjoy it.

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