My MR. is a huge pizza lover, but really who isn't? By huge, I mean he could eat it everyday if I wasn't on the ball to keep healthy foods in the house. I'm always looking for ways to make sure we get those veggies in and satisfy the pizza craving. This one was a recent winner in our house. All the taste goods of pizza, without the carbs and cals! Read on for the recipe.
Serves 4 (or 2 really hungry adults)
1 Spaghetti Squash, cut in half lengthwise
Salt & Pepper, for seasoning
Extra Virgin Olive Oil - about a 1/2 tsp
1 cup of your favorite pizza sauce
30 slices of turkey pepperoni
1/2 cup 2% mozzarella cheese
Garlic Powder - to taste
Italian Seasoning - to taste
Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Wash the outside of the spaghetti squash to remove any dirt or residue. Using a sharp knife, cut it in half lengthwise. Scoop out all of the seeds and discard. The inside should be smooth.
Spray or use a brush to apply olive oil to inside of squash. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place inside down on baking sheet and bake for 1 hour.
Remove from oven and allow squash to cool for 5 minutes. Gather the rest of your ingredients while you wait.
Using a fork, scrape the "noodles" into the center of the squash. Leave the noodles inside the skin.
Mix noodles with 1/2 cup of pizza sauce. Add garlic and italian seasoning to your liking. (I like to jazz up sauce because it never seems to have enough flavor.)
Add 7 pepperonis to the top of the noodles.
Top the pepperonis with cheese. Add 7-8 more pepperonis to the top of the cheese.
Move top rack of oven to the highest position in your oven and turn broiler on high. Place pan with squash under the broiler for 4-6 minutes. Make sure to watch it so that the cheese doesn't burn.
My MR. and I shared a half of a squash and were pleasantly full. So, grab two forks and dig in! Make sure to blow on it a bit in case it's too hot.