The Foodie Physician: Recipe Resuscitation: Spaghetti Squash Lasagna
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Recipe Resuscitation: Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

This nutritious twist on lasagna uses spaghetti squash instead of pasta.  Spaghetti squash has a mild, slightly sweet flavor and is loaded with nutrients.  Packed with protein and fiber, this dish will keep you feeling full and satisfied!




I’m excited to announce that I recently became a member of a wonderful community of bloggers called The Recipe Redux.  Started by three registered dieticians, The Recipe Redux was founded on the belief that healthier eating should always taste delicious.  It’s right up my alley!  I’m so happy to be a part of this unique and talented group. 



For this month’s challenge, The Recipe Redux asked us to share a healthier “redo” of one of our favorite food memories.  It’s the perfect challenge for this time of year with Thanksgiving right around the corner.  For many of us, some of our most treasured memories revolve around sharing festive holiday meals with family and friends. 



When I was growing up, my family would always go to our friends’ home for the holidays.  My “aunt” would cook up a classic Italian feast with platters of antipasti, seafood, meat, pasta and plenty of decadent desserts.  My sister and I always most looked forward to one particular dish- the lasagna!  It was a seemingly mile-high tower of noodles layered with tons of gooey cheese, meat and homemade tomato sauce.

It’s hard to mess with a classic but I set out to make a lighter, vegetarian version of the dish to enjoy this holiday season.  My Spaghetti Squash Lasagna uses nutritious spaghetti squash instead of pasta.  Spaghetti squash has a mild, slightly sweet flavor and when it’s cooked, the flesh falls away like ribbons or strands of spaghetti.  It’s lower in calories and carbs than traditional pasta and is packed with nutrients like fiber and Vitamin C.

I mix the squash with creamy ricotta cheese and nutrient-packed spinach.  It’s then layered with tomato sauce, reduced fat mozzarella and parmesan cheese and baked in the oven until it’s bubbling with cheesy goodness.  So if you're looking for healthy, vegetarian addition to your holiday table, go ahead and try this dish.  




Spaghetti Squash Lasagna
Makes 8 servings
  
Ingredients:
1 large spaghetti squash (about 3 ½ pounds)
3 teaspoons olive oil, divided use
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 ½ teaspoons salt, divided
½ teaspoon pepper, divided
1 container (15 ounces) part skim ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
6 ounces (1 ½ cups) reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese, divided use
1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Chopped parsley for garnish (optional)


Directions:

Preheat oven to 425°F.  Cut the squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.  Brush the flesh with 1 teaspoon oil.  Place them cut side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Roast in the oven until tender, about 40 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool.  When the squash is cooled, scrape the flesh with a fork so that it forms spaghetti-like strands.  You should have a total of about 6 cups total.




Meanwhile, make the sauce by heating 2 teaspoons oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic and cook 4-5 minutes until partially softened.  Stir in the tomatoes, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.  Simmer the sauce for 15-20 minutes until thickened.   

Mix the ricotta, egg, spinach, ½ cup mozzarella cheese, 1 teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper together in a large bowl.  Squeeze all of the liquid from the spaghetti squash and add it to the bowl (the squash releases a lot of water as it cooks so make sure to squeeze it well).  Stir to combine all of the ingredients.     




Turn the heat on the oven down to 375°F.  To assemble the lasagna, spread about 1 ½ cups of the sauce on the bottom of an 8x11-inch baking dish.  Add the squash mixture on top and spread it out evenly.  Spread the remaining tomato sauce over the top of the squash and sprinkle the remaining 1 cup mozzarella and Parmigiano cheese on top.  



Bake in the oven 35-40 minutes until bubbly and cheese is melted.  Garnish with parsley.  Let stand 10 minutes before cutting and serving.  


One serving: Calories 244; Fat 11g (Sat 6.1g); Protein 16.8g; Carb 21g; Fiber 4.4g; Calcium 448mg; Iron: 2.8mg; Sodium 872mg; Folate 71mg



I'd love to hear about some of your favorite food memories, so leave a comment below and let me know.

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62 comments :

  1. I'm a huge spaghetti squash fan, Sonali, and the fact that you just took my favorite comfort food (lasagna) and lightened it up makes me wanna jump through the monitor and hug you BIG! <3

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    1. That's so sweet! I would love a big hug from you :)

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  2. for some reason i could not get on board with this spaghetti squash..although i love any other type of squash - im in love.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! You should give this recipe a try. I've made it for people who didn't think they liked spaghetti squash and they've loved it!

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  3. What a clever take on traditional lasagna! I love spaghetti squash, although I haven't cooked with it yet this season. This has inspired me to take advantage of the spaghetti squash while it's still in season!

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad I could inspire you :)

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  4. I love spaghetti squash made this way. Yours looks delicious!

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  5. I love lasagna and spaghetti squash so this looks like the perfect combo! I never make lasagna becauseit's usually so full of calories! This looks delicious, easy enough, and definitely healthy!!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I totally know what you mean about all the calories in traditional lasagna. I really think this is a nice alternative.

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  6. Love this idea for using spaghetti squash! I make a ton of pasta dishes with it, but never lasagna. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. such a clever use of spaghetti squash... i have never thought of this! and the flavors are ideal.

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    1. Thanks Gretchen! I appreciate you stopping by!

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  8. aww yay! Glad to have you part of the Recipe Redux :) LOOKS YUMMMMM!

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  9. So glad you joined The ReDux! And what a great recipe to start with :)

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  10. This is such a fabulous idea, I can't wait to try it!

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  11. Yay! :D Welcome to Recipe ReDux! This looks amazing! I've been meaning to try making more foods with spaghetti squash lately. I think I'm gonna have to start with this one! <3

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    1. Thanks for the warm welcome, I'm so happy to be joining you all!

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  12. I am not a big fan of spaghetti squash but wow. These pictures look insane, I am actually salivating!

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    1. Haha, I'm glad I could elicit such a response! Thanks!

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  13. Mouthwatering! Pinning, but rather be eating!

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  14. I've never had success with spaghetti squash, but I am REALLY tempted to try this. It looks awesome!

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    1. Thanks Marissa! I really hope you enjoy it if you give it a try!

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  15. Ahh this looks AMAZING!! I recently started cooking more spaghetti squash. We both love it. It's so easy to make and has so many less calories than regular pasta. Totally pinning this!

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    1. Thanks so much Emily! I really love it as a low carb, low calorie substitute for regular pasta.

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  16. I so so adore this dish! I love spaghetti squash and have tried using it in lasagna before but it's kinda fallen apart - love your combo of it with ricotta, egg, spinach, and mozzarella! Brilliant!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Shashi! It's definitely a bit looser than traditional lasagna, but like you said, the combination holds together pretty well.

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  17. Love the use of spaghetti squash here! It is such a perfect noodle sub ;)

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  18. This lasagna recipe looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  19. Love this use of spaghetti squash - I'm a pasta freak but I don't make lasagna all that often but wan to try this one. Welcome aboard with ReDux!

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    1. Thanks so much, I'm thrilled to be joining you guys!

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  20. I love using spaghetti squash as a pasta sub, but never thought about using it for lasagna. This looks fabulous!

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    1. Thanks Jessica! It's definitely a bit looser than traditional lasagna, but it turned out really great!

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  21. I'm new to Recipe Redux also! I am so glad to join such a wonderful community all working towards the same goal! :) This recipe looks delicious! I have never used spaghetti squash in lasagna, but what a clever idea! I will have to give this a go...after I recover from Thanksgiving, of course! :)

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    1. Thank you and welcome aboard too, it really is such a great community! Have a wonderful holiday!

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  22. I love the healthy resuscitation of lasagna! Perfect idea to use spaghetti squash! Pinning and will give the recipe a try soon!

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    1. Thanks Mira! I really hope you enjoy it if you go ahead and try it out :)

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  23. This looks so great! Light, healthy, and delicious! And as it happens, I've got a nice big spaghetti squash sitting on my counter right now, so I'm thinking this could be dinner this weekend. Funny, I was looking at Recipe Redux just the other day and thinking of applying. I think you've inspired me to go for it!

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    1. You should definitely go for it, it's such a wonderful group! I hope you enjoy the recipe if you go ahead and try it. Thanks Katie!

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  24. Awesome post! Looks delicious! What restaurant have you had the best spaghetti squash lasagna? Remember to add it to your Besty List! http://www.thebesty.com/thefoodiephysician

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I've actually never had this dish anywhere else. How about you?

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  25. I just had spaghetti squash for the first time recently and loved it.

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    1. It's so good, right? Thanks for stopping by Jennifer!

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  26. Beautiful. I love spaghetti squash served pasta-esque but had never thought to lasagne-ify it!

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    1. Thanks! I'm going to start using that word- "lasagne-ify!" :)

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  27. I absolutely love this idea! My family does lasagna every Christmas, and this is a way to make it lighter and add some veggies. Great idea.

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    1. It's definitely a great way to add some veggies and cut some calories! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  28. Made this today and it was pretty good. Next time I will add some fresh basil to the cheese mixture, and will use Costco's white linen marinara sauce instead of the crushed tomatoes (less acidic). I wouldn't try to pass it off as lasagna for guests, but it's great for my family trying to eat healthy and low carb!

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    1. Fresh basil sounds like a great addition and of course you can substitute your favorite jarred tomato sauce. I've also done that when I'm pressed for time. Thanks for trying out the recipe!

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  29. This spaghetti squash looks amazing! Love that it is healthy and delicious!

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  30. Just another note: This tastes even better the next day!

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    1. Yay, so glad to hear it! Thanks for sharing :)

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  31. Great recipe this, one of my favorites. thanks for sharing.


    Simon

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  32. Sonali! I'm so glad you told me about this recipe! I'm pinning for later and can't wait to make this! It looks amazing!

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