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Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Every now and then I remember I want to eat healthier so I look for ways of replacing some favorite meals with “better for you” foods. Spaghetti is an all time family favorite but we all know pasta and carbs is not all that. So, sometimes I'll replace the pasta noodles with spaghetti squash. The texture is a little different but the flavor is similar and the kids will eat it. Bonus! I don't have an exact measurement recipe, but I'll share the ingredients I use and the process so you can try it too. I think you'll be surprised how yummy it is.

 

Spaghetti Squash for Dinner
Spaghetti Squash for Dinner

Here's what a whole spaghetti squash looks like. Pretty plain, nothing exciting. Almost like a small colorless watermelon.

 

Raw spaghetti Squash
Raw spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • Pasta sauce – 1 jar
  • Chopped onion – 1/2 cup
  • Chopped mushrooms – 1/2 cup
  • Chopped tomatoes – 1-2 medium tomatoes
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese – about 1 cup
  • Spices (I use McCormick's Chef Shake and garlic herb)

How I make a spaghetti squash faux pasta bake

First you need to bake the spaghetti squash. Poke it with a fork and put it in the oven. 350 degrees for about an hour should do it.

Prepping spaghetti squash
Prepping spaghetti squash

 

Cut the squash in half (either let cook for about 30 minutes or use an oven mitt so you don't burn yourself holding the squash to cut).

 

Baked spaghetti squash cut in half
Baked spaghetti squash cut in half

 

Use a fork to scrape out the squash and place it in a casserole dish.

 

Cooked Spaghetti Squash
Cooked Spaghetti Squash

 

Pour in the pasta sauce and add your extra veggies and spices. Gently mix together.

 

Add mushrooms and onions
Add mushrooms and onions

 

Top with cheese (parmesan is good to mix in too).

 

add cheese
add cheese

 

Put the dish in the oven (covered) at 350 for about 30-45 minutes. Then set on the counter to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

 

Baked spaghetti squash
Baked spaghetti squash

 

Serve and enjoy! I added a side of meatballs.. just because we love them.

 

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs
Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

 

You can change up this spaghetti squash casserole recipe however you'd like to include your own favorite vegetables and spices. If you have a sauce recipe you love, use it. If you don't like mushrooms, definitely leave them out and try this out without them. I hope you try the squash, it's good by itself with just butter and spices as a side dish too. And, it's super easy to prepare!

 

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