simple red wine meat sauce spaghetti squash bake (dairy free, gluten free).
first time making a red wine sauce was a huge success— thanking my italian ancestors for that intuition in the kitchen!
this spaghetti squash bake is so satisfying and flavorful. the sauce is rich and delicious, and so are the smells that will fill your home! the ultimate comfort food meal.
so good for a weeknight staple, or a healthy sunday pasta craving! it’s gluten free and dairy free (i used a vegan mozarella for the top, but you could totally use regular!
i use grass fed beef for this sauce to ensure the animal sources for the meat was healthy, keeping this dish healthy and light. paying attention to where my meat comes from is so important to me- it makes a big difference in our health if we choose to eat meat by choosing meat that is of the highest quality.
this will definitely be a staple at home for me now. i just can’t get over the flavor of the sauce. you can definitely use this sauce for any dish and skip the spaghetti squash part! it’s super versatile.
can’t wait for you guys to get cooking with this one! enjoy xx
1 spaghetti squash, precooked and shredded with a fork
3 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 of a yellow onion, finely diced
2 large carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 lb grass fed beef
1 tbsp italian seasoning
1- 24 oz jar marinara sauce
1/2 cup dry red wine
mozzarella, thinly sliced
1. Start by prepping the spaghetti squash by slicing in half, drizzling with olive oil, and roasting at 400°F until tender, about 35-45 minutes. Once tender and slightly cooled, shred with a fork. Start making the sauce while the spaghetti squash is roasting.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. add oil to the pan, reduce heat and add garlic and onion. saute until onion is soft and transparent, about 3-5 minutes.
3. Turn heat back up to medium, then add carrot and celery to pan. saute until veggies are softened, about 5 minutes.
4. Add grass fed beef and italian seasoning to pan, breaking up beef with a spatula. cook until beef is cooked through and no longer pink, 7-10 minutes.
5. Reduce heat to medium-low, add marinara sauce to pan and stir. allow to simmer on low for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Stir in the red wine and allow to simmer for another 10 minutes (this will cook off all of the alcohol from the wine).
7. Layer a 9-inch baking dish with half of the sauce, then the spaghetti squash, and then the rest of the sauce. top with sliced mozzarella and return to oven at 400°F until cheese is melty, about 7-10 minutes. once melty, turn broiler on to brown the cheese for 2-4 minutes (keep a close eye on it as it can burn quickly). Serve and enjoy!