Italian turkey and spaghetti squash pie

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Smartpoints value per serving
Total Time
1 hr 18 min
Prep
18 min
Cook
1 hr
Serves
6
Difficulty
Moderate
Cooked spaghetti squash makes an excellent substitute for regular pasta. If you don't have time to bake the squash, cook it in the microwave. You’ll need to cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, and place each half cut sides up in a baking dish. Fill each half with about an inch of water and microwave for 10 to 15 minutes, which varies depending on the size of the squash and your microwave. For the best results, regardless of the method you use to cook the squash, you should drain any liquid from the squash before assembling the pie.

Ingredients

uncooked spaghetti squash

1 medium

uncooked extra lean ground turkey breast

½ pound(s)

olive oil

2 tsp

uncooked onion(s)

1 small, chopped

garlic clove(s)

1 medium clove(s), minced

canned diced tomatoes

29 oz, undrained

Italian seasoning

1 tsp, or more to taste

part-skim ricotta cheese

6 oz

egg(s)

1 large

cooking spray

4 spray(s)

shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

½ cup(s)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Halve squash lengthwise; scoop out seeds. Place squash, cut sides down, in a large baking dish and prick skin all over with a fork. Bake until tender, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook turkey, stirring occasionally, in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned, about 5 minutes. Drain, remove from skillet and set aside.
  3. In a same skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; saute until onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and Italian seasoning; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; add cooked turkey and simmer, stirring often, until desired consistency, about 5 minutes.
  4. Place ricotta and egg in a food processor or blender; puree until smooth.
  5. Coat a 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray. Remove squash from oven and increase oven temperature to 375ºF.
  6. Using a fork, carefully rake stringy squash pulp from shell, separating it into strands that look like spaghetti. Arrange spaghetti squash strands in bottom and up sides of pie plate to form a crust.
  7. Add ricotta cheese mixture and gently spread over squash. Pour tomato-turkey sauce over cheese mixture and sprinkle with mozzarella. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before slicing into 6 pieces. Yields 1 piece per serving.

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