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Spaghetti Squash with Super-Thick Bolognese Sauce


  • 1 large spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided

  • Salt and ground black pepper

  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus more for topping, if desired

  • 1/4 pound thickly sliced pancetta, chopped

  • 1-1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin

  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into small dice or shredded

  • 1 medium onion, cut into small dice

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated

  • 1/4 cup tomato paste

  • 1/2 cup red wine

  • 1/2 cup beef stock

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil (about a handful), chopped

  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley (about a handful), chopped


Pre-heat the oven to 400ºF. Place the spaghetti squash halves, cut-side up, onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of EVOO, salt and pepper. Turn the squash over so they're cut-side down and roast until the flesh is tender, about 45 minutes to an hour. Once cooked, use a fork to loosen the squash strands up. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons EVOO, ground black pepper, and a sprinkle of cheese. Reserve squash in the shells. While the squash is roasting, place a large skillet over medium-high heat with two turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Add the pancetta to the pan and cook until crispy, about 5 minutes. Add the sirloin to the pan and cook until golden brown, 6-7 minutes. Add the carrots, onion and garlic to the pan and cook until the veggies are tender, about 5 minutes. Season everything with salt and pepper, then add the tomato paste, cooking it until golden brown and aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the red wine and beef stock, scraping the bottom for any bits that may be stuck, and cook the sauce until thickened and slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. To serve, ladle the meat sauce on top of each squash half and garnish each with fresh basil, parsley and additional Pecorino Romano cheese.