Game Day Goodie: Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Spinach

by | Feb 16, 2018 | Articles, Life & Style, Nutrition

Love lasagna? This is a healthy and delicious twist on an Italian favorite. Did you know that Spaghetti Squash has 5 times fewer calories when compared to traditional pasta? This recipe even uses spinach with the spaghetti squash lasagna for extra added nutrients!


What you will need

2 small spaghetti squash (about 1.5 lbs each)

2 tsp. olive oil

4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 (8 oz.) package fresh baby spinach

1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

1/8 tsp. kosher salt

2 oz. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (about 1/2 cup), divided

8 oz. 93% lean ground turkey

1.5 cups lower-sodium marinara sauce

1 oz. parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)



Preheat oven to 350º.


Cut each squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds; discard. Place squash halves, cut sides up, on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes. Scrape inside of squash with a fork to remove spaghetti-like strands. Place strands on a clean dishtowel; squeeze until barely moist.


Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds. Add spinach; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts. Remove from heat. Combine spinach mixture, squash strands, ricotta cheese, salt, and half of mozzarella cheese in a medium bowl.


Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add turkey to pan; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add marinara sauce; cover, reduce heat to medium, and simmer 4 minutes. Remove from heat.


Increase oven temperature to 425°.


Spoon sauce evenly into the bottom of each squash half. Top evenly with squash mixture. Sprinkle evenly with remaining mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Bake at 425°for 20 minutes.


Preheat broiler to high (keep squash in oven). Broil squash 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and bubbly. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes.

Recipe via Cooking Light Diet

Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts per Serving
Calories: 374, Fat: 18.9 gm, Protein: 25 gm, Carbohydrates: 30 gm, Fiber: 6 gm