Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash

But look! Not only is it delicious as a vehicle for butter (and Parmesan cheese! oh yes), it can transport any number of pasta ingredients. Right now, the Pinteresty thing to do is turn it into a lasagna by spreading the bottom with ricotta and layering on a meaty tomato sauce and grated cheese. But you can’t really call it lasagna without the requisite flat noodles, can you? I wanted to do meatballs, but absentmindedly dumped the ground bison into the pan and broke it up with a spoon. And so after roasting the squash halves (scoop out the seeds, rub them with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, then roast at 375F for about half an hour – or just pop them in the microwave) I filled them with a chunky meat sauce – the type I’d normally pile on pasta.

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Then covered the lot with grated cheese and slid them back into the oven to get all bubbly and melty. That’s it. No need for measurements here, so I won’t burden you with a recipe. Just pretend you have a shallow bowl of pasta and do with it what you will – then smother it with cheese and bake it.

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And the cheese will help hold everything together on your fork while you eat it curled up with pillows on the couch in front of the TV. Even if you’re not Bridget Jones.

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17 comments on “Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash

  1. Tina Muir
    October 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Ooooh this looks wonderful! I am definitely pinning this for later! My fianc√© will love it too as there is lots of cheese! While I am only starting back up running, I don’t need the full carbs of normal pasta, this would be a great alternative! Thanks!

  2. Jules @ WolfItDown
    October 22, 2014 at 8:35 am

    What an incredible idea Julie! This looks deeeelicious! x

  3. Sue
    October 22, 2014 at 10:13 am

    YUM! I’m going to see if I can get my squash hating hubby to eat this! Wish me luck!!

  4. Laurie from Richmond
    October 22, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    I’ll love this! I can’t eat pasta, but I’d love spaghetti squash. Thanks, Julie :)

  5. christine
    October 23, 2014 at 8:55 am

    THIS is whats for dinner. Yummy.

  6. Kathy
    October 23, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Genius idea! Great for those who eat gluten free.

  7. Amy
    October 23, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I’m so trying this tonight. What kind of cheese would be best though? Going to make some generic meaty tomatoey pasta sauce I think

    • Julie
      October 28, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      Amy – anything meltable would be delicious! Old cheddar, Gouda, asiago, even mozzarella or Parmesan…

  8. Modmissy
    October 25, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Thank you,thank you for reminding about this wonderful vegetable. I have recently given up pasta (my number 1 comfort food!) or rather gluten and I’m finding it hard to find the perfect replacement for my meat sauce to sit atop.
    Perfect replacement. I’m going to the market right now!

  9. Amy
    October 26, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I found myself with a surplus of spaghetti squash so this innovative recipe came at the perfect time! I made it for dinner tonight and we loved it! Thanks for another awesome recipe–you always share recipes that are winners, Julie! :)

  10. Alicen
    October 27, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I bought a spaghetti squash after seeing this post and it is waiting on the kitchen counter to be cooked and served for dinner tonight. Here’s hoping my 3 and 6 year olds enjoy it as much as I do. I didn’t realize how long it has been since I’ve made it!

  11. Natasha
    October 27, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Hi Julie, I made this for the kids on Sunday and they loved it! Thanks for the idea!

    • Julie
      October 28, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      So good to hear Tash!

  12. Michelle
    November 2, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Had a spaghetti squash in the fridge and after seeing this I pulled a chunk of ground bison out of the freezer for the sauce. Luckily I had a bag of Black Diamond Italiano Shredded Cheese in my fridge as well!! It is in the oven right now and I can’t wait!! Smells so good!!

    • Julie
      November 12, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      So great to hear it Michelle!

  13. Katana
    January 29, 2015 at 2:54 am

    THat looks really nice :) Well done

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