Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Paleo "Hamburger" Spaghetti Squash Casserole

I'm addicted to roasted spaghetti squash, but the rest of the family still isn't quite as smitten. They all agree on a love of a good burger, however, so I decided to rework a pizza casserole I made with a different flavor profile.

This one turned out really well! The bold flavors of the ground beef and seasoning really worked with the squash threads, and the dish was really warm and comforting on this frigid winter day.

I did use raw cheddar cheese here, but it would taste great dairy-free as well. I let the kids have fun with toppings and they loved adding some pickles to their portion. I opted for avocado and jalapeño to give my "burger" a little brightness.

Paleo "Hamburger" Spaghetti Squash Casserole

1 large spaghetti squash
1 medium onion, chopped
4 minced garlic cloves
1 lb. grass-fed beef or ground turkey
salt & pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. dried oregano
8 oz. nitrite-free bacon, chopped
2 eggs
1 14 oz. can diced organic tomatoes (undrained)
1/2 cup shredded raw cheddar cheese
"burger" toppings of choice: sliced pickles, jalapeño, avocado, chopped tomatoes etc.

Preheat oven to 450. Cut spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds. Place cut side down on a baking sheet coated with tin foil. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle generously with olive oil, rubbing over entire squash. Bake for 30-40 minutes and remove from oven.

Allow to sit until cook enough to handle, then use a fork to pull the squash into noodle-like threads.

While squash is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium and add chopped bacon. Cook until starting to crisp, then add onion, garlic and meat. Add seasoning and continue to cook until meat is browned and onion is soft.

Stir in spaghetti squash threads, eggs, canned tomatoes and cheese. Top with a little more cheese, if desired.

Bake for 30 minutes and top with remaining cooked bacon. Garnish with additional toppings of your choice.


  1. Keep all the spaghetti squash recipes comin'! I love them too!!

  2. I made this with spiralized yellow squash and it was great! Definitely will make again. :)