Saturday, January 25, 2014

Paleo Baked Pizza Spaghetti

Alright, so I will admit that I did not come up with this one- it was going around on Pinterest for awhile and I knew I had to try it.  Regardless, this recipe is really awesome and my husband and I both loved it.  There are a few awesome things about it: 1. You can really change up/add any ingredients you want and 2. It actually doesn't need cheese to taste delicious.  I know, this is huge.  I am typically skeptical of Paleo "pizzas" and "pastas" because I always want to top them with cheese, but this was different.  The use of eggs makes it all bind together like cheese, and the flavors/textures are great.  We gobbled it up!  The only downside is that it takes a while to put together, because there is a lot of bake time, but it is simple and worth it.  Here is what I did:

Paleo Baked Pizza Spaghetti
(serves 3-4)
  • 1/2 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1 c Paleo pizza sauce
  • 1 t dried basil
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • additional items of your choice (mushrooms, pepperoni, cheese, etc)
Preheat oven to 350.  Cut the spaghetti squash in half, scoop out the seeds, season with salt and pepper, and bake on a baking sheet for about 45 minutes, or until soft.  Once it is done baking, scrape out the spaghetti-like threads and place in a greased 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish.  (I only used half the squash and saved the rest). 
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add sausage, peppers, and onion. Cook until sausage is browned.  Add pizza sauce, dried basil, and salt and pepper to the pan and mix well.  Add sausage mixture to the baking dish and mix well with spaghetti squash.

Finally, add whisked eggs to the baking dish and mix everything together until you can no longer see the eggs.  Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the top of the mixture forms a slight crust and the edges brown.
I served this alone, but it would be great with a salad too!  It was very delicious and quite filling, and we would highly recommend you try it out!  Enjoy!

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