Baked spaghetti squash with beef mince

    1 hour 45 min

    I love almost any squash recipe but this one makes a complete meal that you can even serve in the squash!


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 6 

    • 1 spaghetti squash, halved and seeded
    • 450g beef mince
    • 85g finely chopped onion
    • 75g red or green pepper, finely chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes, drained
    • 45g Cheddar cheese, grated

    Method
    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:1hr20min  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Place squash in a baking dish and pour in enough boiling water to come 1.25cm (1/2 inch) up the sides of the dish.
    2. Bake in the preheated oven until squash is tender, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven; cool until easily handled, 7 to 10 minutes.
    3. Reduce oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Scoop out the flesh of the squash and separate strands with a fork. Reserve shells.
    4. Cook beef, onion and pepper in a frying pan over medium heat until the beef is browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, basil, oregano, salt and pepper; cook and stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Stir in squash; cook until liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes.
    5. Fill squash shells with squash mixture using a slotted spoon. Place in a shallow baking dish.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven until flavours combine, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese and continue to bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

    Suggestion:

    Any mince can be substituted for beef mince. You can also use mozzarella cheese instead of Cheddar.

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