Spaghetti squash is such a versatile ingredient- low in carbs and packed full of nutrition. If you’re craving a decadent Italian dish but trying to prioritize your health, this creamy ground turkey spaghetti squash recipe is an amazing pasta alternative!
I am Italian so I am very picky about my pasta! I love spaghetti squash because when cooked correctly it very closely resembles spaghetti. If you’ve tried making it at home, only to have it be mushy and not stringy, then try this recipe out! I have been making spaghetti squash for a long time and have perfected the cooking process. It’s also not very hard to cut with my method, either!
This recipe was made alongside my kids, therefore, all the pictures were documented in real time. They might not be the most aesthetically pleasing food photos you will find on the internet! This is real mom life – with messes (included) and all.
I usually question why I have chosen potentially messy dishes like this as I am making it, however, once it’s done I give myself a big pat on the back. When the kitchen is clean again, I feel so accomplished! Another healthy meal made in the company of two young kids!
Is Spaghetti Squash Really Healthy For You?
The answer is a resounding YES! Spaghetti squash is low in carbohydrates, with one cup equal to about 35 calories. Pasta compares at 220 calories per cup. This means you can eat a lot more of it and not feel bad about yourself. Or you can add a garlic breadstick to your meal without feeling the guilt. It can also be helpful for pasta lovers who are watching their blood sugar.
Spaghetti squash contains fiber, which helps to make you feel fuller for a longer period of time. It also contains potassium, calcium, manganese, B-Vitamins, Vitamin C, magnesium, and zinc. The antioxidants provided in the squash have been proven to help reduce the risk of many chronic diseases!
Creamy Ground Turkey Spaghetti Squash
- 1 large spaghetti squash
- 1 lb. ground turkey
For the Cream Sauce
- 1 small onion, diced
- 7.5 ounces chives and onion cream cheese
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1-2 jalapeno peppers, diced small (optional)
- 1 orange bell pepper, diced
- 1/4 grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat the over to 400 degrees F. Cut spaghetti squash in half down the middle, not lengthwise. If squash is too hard to cut, poke 3-4 holes in it and microwave for 3-5 minutes.
- Scoop out seeds and pulp. Use a tablespoon of olive oil to coat the insides of the spaghetti squash, then season with salt and pepper. Put the squash facing down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.Once preheated, place the squash in the oven for 40 minutes.
- Once the squash has about 20 minutes left on the timer, add diced onion, jalapeno pepper and ground turkey to a hot pan.
- Using a spoon, crumble the ground turkey into small pieces. Once ground turkey is cooked through, with no pink, add cream cheese and chicken broth. Cook for about 5-8 minutes until the sauce is thickened. Add more chicken broth if you prefer a thinner sauce. Once thickened, turn the heat down to low until the spaghetti squash is done.
- Take the spaghetti squash out of the oven, flip it over and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.
- Using tongs, pick up the spaghetti squash from the bottom. Start from the outside of the squash and use a fork to pull the strands away and create perfect spiral strands.
- Add the spaghetti squash to the pan with the cream sauce. Top with parmesan cheese, and mix the spaghetti squash with the sauce.
- Once all the sauce is incorporated, add salt and pepper to taste. Garlic powder too, if it needs more flavor. Make yourself a bowl and enjoy!
The Best Way to Cut and Cook a Spaghetti Squash
After many cooking attempts, I have learned to cut the squash in half (see picture) instead of lengthwise. It is not only easier to cut, but creates the perfect al dente strands JUST like spaghetti!
Cook the squash on 400 degrees F for 40 minutes, 50 minutes if you find they are too “al dente”. Take a look at those beautiful “noodles”! Stringy perfection. Zero mush. 100% deliciousness.
As usual, and on brand, I made a decent mess in the kitchen while making this. I somehow got the dish all over my cabinets, too (though it’s hard to see in the pic). This was not staged at all, by the way- it just happened and I had to document! As I said, this is real life.
I hope this post inspires you to give this recipe a try, and learn to love spaghetti squash as much as I do!
Let me know if you try it, and what you think! If you loved it, try my Creamy Garlic Spaghetti Squash next!