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Beef Pesto Artichoke Bake

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 cups basil
  • 7 cloves of garlic
  • 1 jar of artichoke hearts (14.5 oz)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1/2 lb cheese (I did a mozzarella and provolone blend)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half and bake until the outside is soft and you can scrape out the squash in strands
  3. While baking start the pesto
  4. Add the basil, garlic, half of the artichoke hearts, lemon, pine nuts, and olive oil in the food processor
  5. blend on low until the pesto is smooth
  6. Brown the meat in a frying pan
  7. After the squash is cooked, remove from oven and scrape squash out with a fork into a casserole dish
  8. Add beef, pesto, the rest of the artichokes, and half of the cheese
  9. Stir until thoroughly mixed
  10. Pour the rest of the cheese as a top layer
  11. Cover the dish with aluminum foil
  12. Bake for 20 minutes
  13. Remove the foil and crank the heat up to broil and bake for another 7-10 minutes until cheese has browned
  14. Take out of the oven and enjoy!!
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Spaghetti Squash Bolognese

Ingredients: 

  • 1 Spaghetti Squash
  • 2 pieces of bacon
  • 1 onion sliced thinly
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 lb of ground meat (I did 1/2 beef, and 1/2 hot italian sausage)
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into small pieces
  • 1 oz of fresh basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes(or less if you don’t like spice)
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1 16 oz can of tomato sauce (I did fire roasted tomatoes, depends on your preferred sauce thickness)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Cut squash in half, remove seeds and place face down on a cookie sheet in the oven
  3. Cook until the outsides are soft to the touch and the squash is stringy like spaghetti
  4. While the squash is cooking… Put bacon into your large pan
  5. After bacon is cooked, remove from pan, either eat the bacon or add it to your sauce later
  6. Add onions and garlic to bacon grease
  7. Cook until onions are translucent and garlic is fragrant
  8. Remove from the pan
  9. Add meat and cook until brown
  10. Return the onions and garlic to the meat and add in the peppers
  11. Add oregano, parsley, red pepper flakes, and salt
  12. Add about 2/3-3/4 of the can of tomato paste and the whole can of tomato sauce
  13. Stir until thorough mixed
  14. Add basil leaves, either minced or in large chunks, depending on your preference
  15. Stir again, lower the heat and cover
  16. Remove your squash from the oven
  17. Scrape out the noodles with a fork, pour sauce over, and Enjoy!
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