Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Cooked In Shell

by Tammy Taylor

Recently I was gifted a freshly-harvested spaghetti squash from a sweet friend’s garden. YIPPEE! Of course I already knew what I was going to do with it – RancherMan will happily eat his squash if I cook it lasagna style!

GARDEN SPAGHETTI SQUASH cooked with cheese & sauteed veggies. Delicious, and a good way to use those veggies from your garden. #TaylorMadeHomestead

I am apparently genetically unable to actually follow a recipe so I’ll include the recipe below that I use as a guide, but truly I use whatever’s being harvested in the garden when I make this dish. It’s a great way to use up those fresh garden vegetables – sometimes I even dice up yellow summer squash & include it in the mix.  Squash in the SQUASH??   Why that’s CRAZY talk!

Anyhoo, here’s what I did today – First I cut the spaghetti squash in half  longways and scooped out the seeds.  I placed the squash cut-side-down in a pie pan and added about 2 tablespoons of water, covered it and placed it in the microwave on high for 10 minutes. When the squash was cooked I allowed it to cool slightly then took a fork and scraped the squash into spaghetti-like strands.  I mixed in about 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and mixed it in until the cheese melted.

GARDEN SPAGHETTI SQUASH cooked with cheese & sauteed veggies. Delicious, and a good way to use those veggies from your garden. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Meanwhile I started preparing the veggies for the filling.   I minced a clove of garlic & chopped some purple onion and bell pepper that I had in the fridge needing to  be used.  I put it all in my cast-iron skillet with just a touch of olive oil.  After sauteing the veggies I added a chopped tomato and some freshly-harvested and chopped oregano.  I added salt & pepper and cooked it until the veggies were tender & the liquid was gone.

GARDEN SPAGHETTI SQUASH cooked with cheese & sauteed veggies. Delicious, and a good way to use those veggies from your garden. #TaylorMadeHomestead

Then I stirred in some pasta sauce leftover from last week’s homemade ravioli and mixed it all together.  I added the contents of the skillet to the shredded spaghetti squash and stirred it all to mix.  I placed the mixture into the hollowed-out squash shells and topped it with just enough Italian blend shredded cheese to lightly-cover the top. I placed the filled squash shells into a microwave-safe casserole dish and placed it in the microwave on high for 1 minute, just long enough to melt the cheese.  VOILA!

GARDEN SPAGHETTI SQUASH cooked with cheese & sauteed veggies. Delicious, and a good way to use those veggies from your garden. #TaylorMadeHomestead

There are of course lots of options for this recipe but then I’m sure you expected that since I never have a one-size-fits-all meal.  In the past I’ve added crumbled cooked ground meat (always present in my freezer) for a little meatier fare, but tonight I just cooked the veggie version so I could use items in the fridge needing to be used.  RancherMan and I devoured it – absolutely delicious!

GARDEN SPAGHETTI SQUASH cooked with cheese & sauteed veggies. Delicious, and a good way to use those veggies from your garden. #TaylorMadeHomestead

In case you’re the “follow the recipe” type, here’s the recipe I based tonight’s meal on.  I originally got a base recipe from allrecipes.com but I’ve amended it over the years to make it into a recipe that fits us best.

Spaghetti Squash Cooked In Shell

Ingredients

  • 1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 purple onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 fresh tomato chopped
  • 1 can pasta sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • salt & black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

Cut squash in half lengthwise, remove seeds and place squash halves cut side down in a microwavable dish with a few tablespoons of water. Heat on high for 8-10 minutes.

Meanwhile in a skillet over medium heat add about 2 tablespoons olive oil & saute onion and garlic until golden brown. Stir in chopped tomato and bell pepper, basil, and salt & pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until the liquid from the tomato cooks out.  Stir in pasta sauce. Heat until warm.

Remove squash strands from cooked squash with a fork, reserving the shells. Stir in 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese and mix until blended.  Add the veggie/tomato sauce from the skillet and mix again until thoroughly mixed.  Spoon the mixture into the empty hollowed spaghetti squash shell and top with Parmesan cheese.  Place filled squash shells in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 1 minute, or until cheese melts.  Enjoy!

~TMH~

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41 thoughts on “Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Cooked In Shell

  1. Anya

    I love how you pretty much adapt to whatever you have on hand. That’s very cost-efficient and smart over all. Also? This looks so delicious – need to try asap!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      The Spaghetti Squash are ripening in the garden now, Anya. I’ll be making this soon for my handsome RancherMan. ~TMH~

      Reply
  2. Katrin

    I’ve never tried Spaghetti Squash, I really want to now, it looks so good!!! Yum, you made me hungry, this would be a great lunch! I’m so happy you shared this at Sweet Inspiration!

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  3. Lisa M

    This sounds really good! I’ve never had spaghetti squash and I’m afraid to grow it in case I don’t like it! lol Thanks again for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday. I hope you’ll stop back this week! Lisa

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Well Lisa, if you ate it thinking it will taste like pasta you’d be disappointed. It tastes like squash cut thinly, but it’s a FUN way to eat your squash that’s for sure! We love it ~TMR~

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  5. Karen Goodman

    Congrats! Your recipe was one of my favorites and is featured today on Future Expat’s Required Ingredient Link Party. http://futureexpat.com/2014/01/required-ingredient-bananas/ I hope you’ll stop by and link up your banana recipes to today’s party.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      How exciting Karen – thanks. And I have some great banana posts to be able to link up today. ~TMR~

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  8. Kathy

    This would be all new to me! I’ve never cooked Spaghetti squash – looks delicious! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday, Kathy

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  9. Jacqueline @ deeprootsathome.com

    TMR, We do this, too, but a bit differently! I think I like your way better…Thank you, dearie! this gives me another idea :0

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Jacqueline, I love how this recipe lends itself to being as hearty or as lean as you like. And I doubly love how it causes RancherMan to eagerly eat his vegetables! LOL ~TMR~

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  10. Summers Acres

    Yum! I have never had spaghetti squash before. We do have plenty of summer squash though. I tend to follow recipes loosely and do a bit of winging it myself. Of course they may be why I have problems sometimes…lol. Thanks for sharing! Please join us again Thursday at: The HomeAcre Hop ~Ann

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Ann – I’ve had some ‘winging it’ problems with recipes from time to time as well. Thankfully RancherMan is very tolerant and I’ve never had any epic fails (knock on wood) ~TMR~

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  11. Mary@Back to the Basics!

    Good Morning!!! I love this recipe. It’s simple and healthy. YOU have been featured today at Tuesdays with a Twist! come on over and share what you’ve been working on. http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com/2013/07/weve-got-seedlings-tuesdays-with-twist.html

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Oh Mary – How exciting to be featured for this recipe! I’ll hop on over… ~TMR~

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  12. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

    I love how simple this is! 🙂 Thanks for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends – I can’t wait to see what you share this week!

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  13. Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less

    This looks and sounds SO good! Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday this week!

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  14. Christina @Juggling Real Food and Real Life

    Looks absolutely beautiful. I’m looking forward to giving your recipe a try. Something tells me……..we just need to come cook with you to get the real recipes since you just cook and are brilliant at it without recipes. I love how this one won’t heat up the kitchen.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      LOL Cristina – I almost never follow a recipe – I’ll use a recipe only as a base and amend based what we have in the fridge or in the garden that needs to be used. It’s one of the ways we’re able to get away with such little food waste, there’s almost always a way to incorporate things into a meal before those things go past their prime & have to be thrown out. ~TMR~

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  15. Debby Ray

    Oh that looks so yummy! I love squash of any kind and that looks really easy to make too. I am so guilty of copying recipes and then never fixing them…I hope this one I will remember!

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  16. that's the way the cornbread crumbles

    that looks delicious. I cannot eat pasta and keep meaning to make more spaghetti squash. thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Spaghetti squash is fun to cook with because it allows me to play with my food. LOL ~TMR~

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  17. heidi

    It looks wonderful. And now I’m hungry for spaghetti squash. Hope you have a great day. Heidi’s Wanderings

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  18. sue@thet2women

    Mmm… Pinned to try it sometime soon! Thanks so much for sharing all these great ideas with us this weekend at One Sharendipity Place! sue@ thet2women.com

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  19. Brittnei

    Great looking recipe! Thanks so much for sharing! Thank you for linking up to the Get Fit Friday Blog Hop with us. I really enjoyed reading this recipe. Always make excited for when I’m able to start my own garden! 🙂

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Brittnei – plant spaghetti squash when you start your garden – it’s the most fun veggie because it lets you play with your food. LOL ~TMR~

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  20. Trinity

    I’ve made spaghetti squash many times, but never like this. I look forward to trying this recipe! Visiting from the blog hop…

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Give it a try, my meat-n-potatoes hubby will eat it up when I make it like this! ~TMR~

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  21. Candy C.

    Yum, yum!! What a great way to eat your veggies!! 🙂 I cook like you do, use what is available and tweak recipes to suit our tastes.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      It’s a great way to cook Candy, that kind of flexibility really helps the budget and it also helps use up those fresh garden veggies at the peak of quality. ~TMR~

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