2cupstomato sauce (choose low-sugar, minimal ingredient brand, or make homemade)
1bunch chopped fresh basil, divided
grated parmesan cheese, for garnish(optional)
ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400°F
Cut the spaghetti squash in half length-wise and scoop out the seeds. Lay spaghetti squash on a baking sheet skin side down and sprinkle each half with salt and pepper. Bake for 45 minutes or until you can easily scrape down the sides of the squash with a fork to resemble spaghetti.
While squash is baking, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper. Stir well.
Then, add the ground beef, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder to the skillet. Mix well and brown meat until cooked through.
Once meat is cooked, pour tomato sauce into the skillet and simmer mixture on low for 20-30 minutes.
Remove squash from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. After it has cooled enough to touch, use a fork to scrape the spaghetti squash into a bowl. Add about ¾ of the chopped basil and stir to combine.
Taste meat sauce and adjust seasoning to your liking.
To assemble, add spaghetti squash to a bowl, top with meat sauce and sprinkle with cheese and remaining chopped basil. Enjoy!
Nutrition Per Serving: Calories: 268; Total Fat: 16g; Protein: 16g; Total Carbs: 15g; Fiber: 4g; Net Carbs: 11g