Friday, May 16, 2014

Paleo Spaghetti Squash Pizza Casserole (Recipe Revisit)

I loved this dish when I first made it back in January, and the whole family enjoyed it as well. I did find that the combination of beef and salami was a little heavy, though. I wanted to see how it would turn out with ground turkey and pepperoni instead.

I much preferred the pepperoni, but even though the ground turkey was dark I thought it was a little on the dry side. No one else shared this observation, though, so I think I can fairly declare you can make this one with the ground protein of your choice. One suggestion might be to incorporate a little Italian sausage if you're using turkey.

While you could go dairy-free here if you want to be 100% paleo, I did opt to include it (and went with "real" organic mozzarella as opposed to Daiya). You will still get the pizza flavor without the cheese, but it does melt nicely and really hold everything together.

Paleo Spaghetti Squash Pizza Casserole (Recipe Revisit)

1 medium spaghetti squash, cut in half and seeded
salt, pepper, & olive oil
1 lb. ground grassfed beef or turkey
8 oz. nitrite-free pepperoni slices, chopped
1 medium chopped onion
4 minced garlic cloves
garlic powder, salt, pepper & Italian seasoning, to taste
2 cups organic marinara sauce
2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
a few chopped fresh basil leaves, for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 450. Drizzle squash with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on a baking sheet covered with tin foil. Bake for 30 minutes.

While squash is cooking, brown ground meat in a large skillet with half of pepperoni, onion and garlic cloves. Season to taste.

Once you remove squash from oven, allow it to sit until cool enough to handle. Use a fork to pull the squash into noodle-like threads.

Stir squash into meat mixture along with beaten eggs and most of cheese. Top with remaining shredded cheese and pepperoni. Bake for another 30 minutes at 450.

Garnish with a little chopped basil before serving, if desired.