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Turkey Bolognese With Garlic Spaghetti Squash

Looking for a low-carb dish that packs in the protein and is paleo-friendly? This scrumptious turkey bolognese with garlic spaghetti squash fits the bill. Vitamin A- and fiber-rich spaghetti squash replace your go-to noodles, eliminating processed carbs and adding nutrients to your plate.

Prep
Cook
Serves 4people
Ingredients
1
medium spaghetti squash (2 1⁄2 to 3 pounds)
1
bulb garlic
3
tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1
lb ground turkey
1
cup finely chopped carrots (2)
1
⁄2 cup finely chopped onion (1 medium)
1
⁄2 cup finely chopped celery (1 stalk)
4
cloves garlic, minced
3
tbsp tomato paste
1
⁄2 cup dry red wine
1
can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
1
tsp dried oregano, crushed
1
tsp dried basil, crushed
1
tsp fennel seeds, lightly crushed
3
⁄4 tsp salt, divided
3
⁄4 tsp pepper, divided
1
⁄2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Halve the squash lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Place squash halves, cut sides down, in a large baking dish. Prick skin all over with a fork. Cut 1⁄2 inch off the top of the head of garlic. Place, cut end up, in the baking dish with squash. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until squash and garlic are tender.
2.
While squash is baking, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add turkey, carrots, onion, celery, and garlic. Cook until turkey is cooked through and vegetables are tender, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up meat.
3.
Add tomato paste; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add red wine; cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, oregano, basil, fennel, and 1⁄2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add broth and bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes or until desired consistency.
4.
Using a fork, remove and shred flesh from each squash half; transfer to a bowl and cover to keep warm. When garlic is cool enough to handle, squeeze bulb from bottom to pop out the cloves into a small bowl. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to garlic. Mash with a fork. Stir mashed garlic into spaghetti squash and season with remaining 1⁄4 teaspoon salt and pepper.
5.
Serve meat sauce over spaghetti squash.

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