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Skinnytaste Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Bolognese {Cookbook Giveaway}

Skinnytaste Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Bolognese is hearty, light and delicious and will be loved by everyone at your table.

bowl of shredded spaghetti squash topped with ground turkey and red sauce

I am so excited to share today’s recipe for Spaghetti Squash (aka “Squashta”) with Turkey Bolognese with you. Not only is it one that includes spaghetti squash (my low carb / low calorie answer to my beloved pasta cravings), but it’s a recipe from The Skinnytaste Cookbook written by Gina Homolka. Gina has been writing the Skinnytaste blog for as long as I can remember looking up recipes online (I actually remember when it was called by another name way back in the day). Her blog, as well as her new cookbook, is filled with flavorful healthy recipes, easy enough to make any day of the week for your family. What I love most about Gina’s recipes is that they are filled with wholesome real ingredients, lots of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains – definitely my kind of food…and the way healthy eating should be.

I have a pretty good feeling most of you probably already know who Skinnytaste is. 🙂

Skinnytaste Cookbook

The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavoravailable for pre-order on Amazon or enter for a chance to win a copy – see giveaway details at the end of this post.

shredded spaghetti squash

Let’s talk about spaghetti squash, have you tried it? Do you like it? I love it. I started eating spaghetti squash not long after I had my daughter several years ago, around the time I started to really pay attention to how I was eating, cutting back on carbs and calories and really focusing on losing weight. I have mostly made it “Italian style” like in this Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Vegetable Ragu or served with Turkey Spinach Meatballs. I’ve even gotten a little creative and kicked it up in this Thai Curry Spaghetti Squash recipe – so good. I think learning how to cook spaghetti squash is usually the first hurdle to get past, but once you get the hang of how to cook it the ideas are endless.

If you are wondering if spaghetti squash tastes like pasta, let me assure you that it does not. It most definitely tastes like a squash. It has a very mild flavor and light stringy texture so to me adding a hearty sauce to it like this turkey bolognese sauce along with a little Parmesan cheese really satisfies any craving for pasta when I don’t want to actually have pasta. Like I said, I love it.

turkey bolognese sauce in a skillet

This little guy loved it too. (He’s at such a fun age to introduce new foods.)

Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Bolognese

When I received The Skinnytaste Cookbook in the mail last week I knew right away I was going to make this recipe, especially since I had just picked up a spaghetti squash from the grocery store the day before. But I’ll be honest with you, it was hard to settle on one recipe because there are plenty of recipes that I can not wait to try.

Corny Banana Blueberry Pancakes, Chicken Marsala on the Lighter Side, Bangin’ Good Shrimp and Butternut Squash Lasagna Rolls are just a few recipes that I can’t wait to make for my family.

This recipe for Skinnytaste Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Bolognese is a keeper, that’s for sure, and one I will be making again.

bowl of spaghetti squash covered in turkey bolognese sauce


Skinnytaste Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Bolognese {Cookbook Giveaway}

  • Author: Aggie's Kitchen
  • Yield: serves 6
  • Category: Ground Turkey
  • Method: Stove/Oven

Skinnytaste Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Bolognese is hearty, light and delicious and will be loved by everyone at your table.


  • 2 ounces pancetta, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped (1 small) onion
  • 1 celery stalk, minced
  • 1 medium carrot, minced
  • 1.3 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
  • kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup 1% milk
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil


  1. In a large Dutch oven, saute the pancetta over medium heat until the fat melts, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, add the butter, onion, celery and carrot and cook until soft, 5-6 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-high, add the turkey and season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Cook until no longer pink, 7-8 minutes, breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon. Add the wine and cook until reduced, 2-3 minutes. Add the tomato paste, milk, tomatoes, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile using a sharp knife, pierce the squash 8 or 9 time. Microwave on high for 6 minutes. Turn the squash and cook until the shell is tender, 5-8 minutes depending on the size. Let cool for 5 minutes. Half the squash lengthwise. (There should be no resistance, but if there is, microwave it a few more minutes.) Remove the seeds and use a fork to scrape out the spaghetti-like strands of squash.
  3. Remove and discard bay leaf; stir in the basil. To serve, put 1 cup spaghetti squash in each of 6 serving bowls and top each with a generous 3/4 cup of sauce.


Nutrition information per 1 cup squash + 3/4 cup sauce serving:  301 calories / 12g fat / 23g carbohydrate / 5g fiber / 25g protein / 9g sugars

Recipe from The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka

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Winner will receive a copy of The Skinnytaste Cookbook.

To Enter:

Leave a comment on this blog post telling me if you’ve tried spaghetti squash and how you like to prepare it. Your comment will be counted as your entry into the giveaway.

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Giveaway starts Monday, September 29, 2014 and ends Monday October 6, 2014 at 12 noon (EST). I will pick a winner randomly using the Pick Giveaway Winner tool on my blog. Winner will be contacted by me via email and will have 48 hours to reply before another winner will be selected.

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173 comments on “Skinnytaste Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Bolognese {Cookbook Giveaway}”

  1. I love it with ground turkey and sriracha

  2. I like it oven roasted with a little coconut oil then seasoned some garlic, smoked paprika and a squeeze of lime then served with shredded chicken, black beans, avocado and salsa!!

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  7. I have never tried spaghetti squash before but after your post, I most certainly will 🙂

  8. I make a spaghetti squash casserole with ricotta and mozzarella. It’s one of my husband’s favorite dishes!

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  29. I’m a sucker for spaghetti squash – and I will totally have to load it up with this gorgeous sauce!!

  30. I love spaghetti squash…and all squash really…roasted in the oven with a little EVOO, salt, pepper, sometimes some garlic. Delicious!!

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  40. I am loving this Aggie – I am all for healthier pasta options and you know I love Skinny Taste!!

  41. I LOVE spaghetti squash dishes, any and all of them. Favorite is to make a twist on eggplant parm though. Bake the squash until it pulls apart easily, then fill the boat with sauce and low-fat mozz, lay thinly sliced pan fried eggplant on top, then sprinkle a bit more cheese and bake until melted. It’s devine.

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  43. I’ve made spaghetti squash recently for the first time recently and it was amazing. It does NOT taste like squash (PS I hate squash). It was crunchy which I loved and sweetened the sauce a bit, but mostly had no flavour. I’m glad I read other blogs first and not you’re otherwise I never would have tried it. =P We microwaved it so we could cut it, then roasted for 30min with olive oil and a dash of garlic salt.

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  44. LOVE spaghetti squash! I usually roast it in the oven and top it with homemade pesto and a sprinkle of pine nuts!

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  47. I love it with a bit of browned butter, garlic, cumin and corriander.

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  49. Love taking cooking lesson from you….spaghettie squash has become a delicious addition to our home

  50. Have one on the counter right now! Serving it with a simple marinara.

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  55. I have all the stuff to make this for dinner tonight. Yummy!

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  60. We love spaghetti squash at our house as well! We prepare it like you do- with tomato sauce of some sort and usually with meatballs on the side. I am eager to try the turkey bolognese that you have here- I love a good meat sauce! Thank you for posting such great recipes! 🙂

  61. I luv spaghetti squash! When I’ve cooked it, I placed it in the oven rather than to boil or microwave it. It has a richer taste 🙂

  62. Love spaghetti squash, my favorite way to prepare it is with a little butter and parmesan cheese.

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  84. I love it prepared similarly to this recipe.

  85. I’ve never tried spaghetti squash but I’d love to try it!

  86. Loving this cookbook and this is my kind of dinner!

  87. I love roasted spaghetti squash topped with homemade marinara sauce and a small spoonful of browned butter.

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  94. Never tried it, this looks good. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  97. I love using spaghetti squash. I use it in the place of noodles for a healthier, no carb option. I especially like it with fresh pesto and parmesan cheese. I have a ton of recipes that use it in a casserole that I can’t wait to try this winter.

  98. PaleOMG’s spaghetti squash pizza is my favorite! I’ve tweaked it a bit every time I’ve made it, but it’s always a big hit!

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  113. love it with butter, parmesan and basil!

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  115. Spaghetti squash with red pepper sauce.

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  145. I have baked it and microwaved it, and I think I preferred the microwave. They are really hard to cut open though. I prefer it with tomato based spaghetti sauce.

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  153. I might’ve had it once. I remember my roommate got a spaghetti squash with the intention of using it. It ended up getting dressed up like an old Russian lady… It may have gone bad before it was eaten. I don’t remember. lol I have collected a number of recipes involving them, though, and I look forward to trying them. The ones where they’re being used as boats look most interesting!

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