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This recipe is a staple in our household, and so easy to make! Spaghetti squash is loaded with antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation after an intense workout. This meal is a great post-workout option and one the entire family will enjoy. Better yet, this recipe presents an awesome opportunity for beginners in the kitchen. Seriously, you can’t mess this one up!

The only “tricky” step in this recipe is cutting the spaghetti squash in half before roasting. Please practice knife safety! Microwave the squash for 1-2 minutes to soften, use a sharp knife, keep your fingers out of harm’s way, and place a damp towel under your cutting board to prevent it from slipping.

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Simple Spaghetti Squash

  • 40 minutes
  • 10 ingredients
  • 6 steps


  • Yields: 4-6 servings
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 24 oz jar pasta sauce of choice (I used Classico's Tomato & Basil)
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 °F.
  2. Cut the spaghetti squash lengthwise into halves and remove the seeds with a spoon. Lightly brush or drizzle olive oil onto the inside of each half. Place the 2 halves face down on a baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the remainder of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the minced garlic and let simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add the ground turkey and black pepper. Cook turkey throughout, until no longer pink.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium. Pour the pasta sauce over the ground turkey and let simmer. Season with dried parsley.
  5. Once cooked thoroughly, remove spaghetti squash from the oven and use a fork to fluff the squash.
  6. Top with sauce, fresh arugula, and parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 319
  • Fat 15g
  • Carbs 19g
  • Protein 26g
  • Fiber 3.4g
  • Vitamin A 88ug
  • Potassium 852mg
  • Magnesium 62mg