Cold-weather comfort food at its finest. This fall casserole has all the flavor of your favorite Italian dishes, but almost none of the carbs.
- 1 large spaghetti squash
- 2 lbs. ground beef
- 2 Vandalia onions, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 orange bell pepper, diced and deseeded
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 28oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- ½ tsp rosemary
- 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
- Olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Place a large sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet and set aside.
- Carefully score butternut squash lengthwise and poke a few holes along the score. Place in microwave and microwave on high for 5-6 minutes.
- Once cool enough to handle, cut squash in half and deseed. Coat inside evenly with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place squash on the parchment paper baking sheet so that the cut edge is facing down. Bake in oven for 30-40, or until inside of squash is starting to brown on edges and the squash is tender. Once done, remove from oven and allow to cool, but do not turn off oven.
- While squash is in the oven, heat 2 tsps. of olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add onions and peppers and cook, stirring often, for 5-7 minutes.
- Once onions are translucent, stir in minced garlic and cook for another minute. Add ground beef and salt and pepper (to taste) and cook, while stirring and crumbling beef with a spatula, for another 5-10 minutes.
- Add the can of diced tomatoes (do NOT drain), Italian seasoning, and rosemary, and bring skillet to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes, then remove from heat.
- Once the roasted spaghetti squash has been removed from the oven and has cooled significantly, take a fork and scrape the insides of both squash halves out into a 9x13" glass baking dish.
- Spread finished meat and tomato sauce mixture evenly over the spaghetti squash layer in the baking dish. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over all and bake in 400°F oven for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted and has started to brown.
- Serve hot alone or with your favorite garlic bread.