This was very good. I made it at my house and then a couple of weeks later I went to my sister, Donna’s home and made it at her home. Her husband is very picky but we didn’t tell him that instead of pasta he was actually eating a vegetable and he loved it. After he had eaten about half of his dinner we did tell him. He even had left overs the next day of this. I really enjoyed this meal.
Spaghetti Sauce and Spaghetti Squash Bake
- 2 pounds ground beef or 1 pound ground beef and 1 pound Italian sausage
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 large green pepper, chopped
- 8 ounces fresh portabella mushrooms, sliced
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 30 ounces diced tomatoes
- 16 ounces tomato sauce
- 12 ounces tomato paste
- 2 Tablespoons dried basil
- 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
- 2 Tablespoons Splenda
- salt and pepper to taste
- water if needed
In a large pot cook ground beef and crumble. Drain grease and remove meat from the pan. Put 2 Tablespoons grease back into the pan and add onion and green pepper. Cook until translucent and tender. Add sliced mushrooms and continue cooking. Add meat back to the pot and add remaining ingredients except for water. Simmer for 40 minutes stirring often. If liquid evaporates and water is needed add at your discretion. This makes a lot of spaghetti sauce. You will only need about half of this to make the recipe. The sauce freezes well to be used at a later time.
- 1 large spaghetti squash, sliced in half and seeds removed
- water to cover
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Parmesan Cheese
Place spaghetti squash to pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until spaghetti squash is tender. This takes about 8-10 minutes. Remove from pot and drain water. Using a fork shred the spaghetti squash and place in 13 x 9 inch casserole dish. Top with spaghetti sauce. Top with Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese. Place in oven until cheese melts. Serve hot.
Side note::I used the extra spaghetti sauce and added a small amount of pinto beans and chili powder to taste and made chili from it. Topped it with Cheddar cheese. It was very good.