Have Your Pasta & Eat it Too: Paleo “Spaghetti” Bake

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I’ve been doing this 4 hour body thing from Tim Ferriss and it’s certainly not without challenge, but it’s most certainly not impossible.  Preparation is really really really important when your options are limited and “casseroles” are something that have always traveled well. Oh, and I miss pasta.  Enter the paleo pasta bake from allrecipes.com.  It’s god damn delicious and I can honestly say I don’t miss pasta at all with this dish.

Here’s the details:

Original Recipe

My modifications:

  • First, I generally doubled the recipe
  • I used two ~8in spaghetti squash
  • I added 12 ounces of ground turkey (after weight cooking)
  • 2 links of hot Italian sausage
  • 7 beaten eggs
  • Added a sauteed jalapeno and fresh garlic (not powder)

Modified directions:

  • If you want this to come out like baked ziti, where you scoop out your portions, follow the directions as described
  • If you want this to come out like a casserole:
    • Put the spaghetti squash in two equal sized bowls
    • As for the mixture:
      • I had the turkey and the sausage prepped ahead of time, so I sauteed the onions with the jalepeno first, then added the pepper, spinach, chopped meats, garlic and spices.
      • I omitted the applesauce and used two cans of pizza sauce
    • Divide the sausage / turkey mixture into the two bowls with the spaghetti squash
    • Divide the beaten egg mixture into the two bowls and toss everything together
    • Use a 13×9 pan and use a generous amount of cooking spray
    • Add one bowl of the mixture to the pan and spread out, then add the second bowl to the pan – up to the top of edge of the pan (it shouldn’t bubble over while cooking
  •  I cooked the pan at 350 degrees for ~80-90 minutes

Here’s some pictures:

Dividing the two portions of squash
Dividing the two portions of squash
Sauteed onions, sausage, turket and jalepeno with the other veggies and spices added on top.
Sauteed onions, sausage, turket and jalepeno with the other veggies and spices added on top.
Everything mixed together, before the mix is added to the squash
Everything mixed together, before the mix is added to the squash
The mixture added to the well greased 13x9 in pan
The mixture added to the well greased 13×9 in pan
Final product!
Final product!
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