Low-Carb Mock Lasagna Spaghetti Squash Casserole
This Low-Carb Mock Lasagna Spaghetti Squash Casserole is serious comfort food, and we used spicy Italian sausage and three kinds of cheese in this spaghetti squash mock lasagna. Use Spaghetti Squash to find more recipes like this one.
Low-Carb Mock Lasagna Spaghetti Squash Casserole is a casserole I created a few years ago that has spaghetti squash replacing lasagna noodles, and this recipe really knocked our socks off when we tested it! This does have a few more carbs than some of my casserole recipes but of course it’s much lower in carbs than traditional lasagna, and if you’re in need of some low-carb comfort food to help you get through December, I promise this will hit the spot.
In this mock lasagna idea the traditional lasagna ingredients are layered with cooked spaghetti squash, and Mock Lasagna Spaghetti Squash Casserole has the same flavors that make lasagna such a popular dish! If you like these lasagna flavors and you’re looking for dinner ideas to keep you at least somewhat on track during the holidays, I promise this will be a winner! I’d love to hear how your family likes it if you try the recipe!
How to Make Low-Carb Mock Lasagna Spaghetti Squash Casserole:
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- I roasted two spaghetti squashes for this, but in the end I realized if you have one large one (about 4 pounds), it will be plenty for the casserole. Microwave the squash about 5 minutes to soften, cut the spaghetti squash in half, scrape out seeds, rub with olive oil and Italian herb blend, and roast 50-60 minutes. (If you want an easier method, you can cook the spaghetti squash in a crockpot or cook the spaghetti squash in a pressure cooker for this recipe.)
- While the squash cooks, squeeze the turkey sausage out of the casings and brown well. Add the marinara sauce, dried basil, Italian herb blend, and garlic powder and simmer until the liquid is mostly evaporated, about 30 minutes. (Rao’s Pasta Sauce – affiliate link – is the lowest carb sauce I’ve found.)
- Mix together the cottage cheese, eggs, and Italian Herb blend.
- Make a layer of half the spaghetti squash in an 8 inch x 11 inch casserole dish.
- Top with half the sauce, half the cottage cheese mixture, and half the cheese.
- Then make another layer of spaghetti squash, sauce, cottage cheese mixture, and the rest of the cheese.
- Bake uncovered at 375F/190C for about 45 minutes. (Mine got a little brown on the edges, but that didn’t bother us a bit.)
- Serve hot and devour!
More Low-Carb Dinners with Spaghetti Squash:
Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash Sauteed with Vegetables and Feta ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Sausage ~ White on Rice Couple
Greek Salad Spaghetti Squash Bowl ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs ~ All Day I Dream About Food
Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Mizithra Cheese and Browned Butter ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
Spaghetti Squash Ingredients:
- 1 large spaghetti squash, about 4 pounds
- 2 tsp. olive oil (for brushing squash)
- 2 tsp. Italian Herb Blend (for sprinkling on squash before roasting)
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 19.5 oz. pkg. hot turkey Italian Sausage
- 3 cups marinara sauce (see notes)
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- 1 tsp. Italian Herb Blend
- 1 tsp. garlic powder (or use minced fresh garlic if you prefer)
- 2 cups cottage cheese
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. Italian Herb Blend
- 2 cups grated Mozzarella
- 1/2 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 400F/200C.
- If desired, microwave the spaghetti squash for about 5 minutes (to soften the skin so it’s easier to cut.) Cut squash in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Brush the inside of each half with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian Herb Blend.
- Roast the squash on a flat baking sheet about 50-60 minutes, or until the squash strings apart easily with a fork. (You can also cook the spaghetti squash in a crockpot or cook the spaghetti squash in a pressure cooker for this recipe.)
- While the squash cooks, heat the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan, squeeze the turkey sausage out of the casings, and brown sausage well, breaking it apart with a turner while it cooks. (I like to use an old-fashioned Potato Masher (affiliate link) to break the sausage apart.)
- When the sausage is well-browned, add the 3 cups of sauce, dried basil, Italian Herb Blend, and garlic powder, and simmer on low until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 30 minutes.
- Put the cottage cheese into a bowl, add the eggs and Italian Herb Blend, and mix with a fork until the egg is well-mixed into the cottage cheese.
- Prepare grated Mozzarella and coarsely grated Parmesan.
- Spray an 8 inch by 11 inch casserole dish with non-stick spray.
- When the spaghetti squash is done, turn oven heat down to 375F/190C and let squash cool for a few minutes. Then use a fork to scrape the squash away from the skin, separating it into strands of “spaghetti.” Discard the skin.
- In the casserole dish, layer half the spaghetti squash, half the reduced sauce mixture, half the cottage cheese mixture, half the Mozzarella, and half the Parmesan.
- Repeat with another layer each of squash, sauce, cottage cheese mixture, Mozzarella, and Parmesan.
- Bake uncovered until the casserole is bubbling hot and the cheese is melted and lightly browned, about 40-45 minutes.
- Serve hot, with additional Parmesan cheese to add at the table if desired.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 421 Total Fat: 23g Saturated Fat: 8g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 149mg Sodium: 1419mg Carbohydrates: 13.2g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 10g Protein: 34g
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you’re making this for the South Beach Diet, they would recommend using low-fat cottage cheese and low-fat Mozzarella (as well as low-fat turkey Italian sausage.) For other types of low-carb diets, use full-fat cheese if you prefer, but I would prefer the less fatty turkey sausage for this recipe.
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