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Cheesy Spaghetti Squash With Meat Sauce

Baked spaghetti squash is one of my favourite Fall recipes to make, and they are inexpensive to purchase.

Spaghetti squash, when cooked, looks like spaghetti once you fork it out, but it’s not.

The cooked squash has a buttery subtle taste that melts in your mouth and is perfect as a side dish.

My recipe is also a keto spaghetti squash menu item for those who want to try it.

We buy a double pack of spaghetti squash at Costco Canada for $4.99 at least twice during the season.

Today, I’m going to share how to bake spaghetti squash so it doesn’t go mushy. (I know from experience)

Then, I’m going to stuff the baked spaghetti squash with an Italian homemade meat sauce.

Finally, I will top it with two of the best Italian cheeses and broil it until it’s bubbly and golden.

Now that I have you drooling, let me show you how it’s done.

Keto Baked Spaghetti Squash With A Meat Sauce then loaded with Cheese
Keto Baked Spaghetti Squash With A Meat Sauce then loaded with Cheese

What Is Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash or vegetable spaghetti is a group of cultivars of Cucurbita pepo subsp. pepo.

They are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colours, including ivory, yellow and orange, with orange having the highest amount of carotene. Its center contains many large seeds.

Wikipedia

Spaghetti Squash Recipes We’ve Created

Some of the best spaghetti squash recipes we’ve tried are listed below.

  • Baked Spaghetti Squash with Turkey, stuffing and gravy poured over the top. Unbelievably delicious.
  • A vegetarian baked spaghetti squash can have Italian sauce and vegan cheese
  • Spaghetti squash baked with ricotta cheese and rapini then topped with shredded mozzarella

Oh, and beef stroganoff in the middle then broiled with cheese.

Spaghetti squash can be filled with anything you like, but our favourite is a bolognese sauce and lots of gooey cheese.

How To Bake Spaghetti Squash

How To Bake Spaghetti Squash
How To Bake Spaghetti Squash

For many people, squash looks like one of those vegetables that look too difficult to use.

To cook spaghetti squash, you need a few kitchen tools and 2 ingredients.

We both love pasta, so instead of loading up on carbs, we thought we’d bake a spaghetti squash.

The first time we baked it in the oven, it turned out to be too mushy because we baked it too long.

We found that the squash was the consistency of a mashed yam or potatoes but still delicious.

Since every spaghetti squash is different in size, it will bake at different times.

Generally, we find 40 minutes at 350 degrees will do the trick for us, and we have an old wonky oven.

By that, I mean if any recipe calls for the oven temp to be at 400 degrees or above, it stays at 350.

We’ve set the fire alarms off every time baking something at 400 degrees, so that’s a big NO.

Personally, I think our stove has done its time over the years and is ready to move on.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Spaghetti Squash raw before baking it in the oven.
Spaghetti Squash

On a cutting board, cut the squash length-wise and split it open.

Inside you’ll find seeds that look like pumpkin seeds which you can roast and taste delicious.

These are pumpkin seeds getting ready to bake. You can bake spaghetti squash seeds also.
These are pumpkin seeds getting ready to bake.

Scoop out all of the seeds, give the squash a run under cold water, and let it drip dry for a minute.

Using a liberal amount of butter, baste the inside of each squash add salt and pepper.

Flip the squash over so the butter side is down on a parchment-lined baking sheet or roasting pan.

We bake our squash for 40 minutes at 350 degrees, and it’s perfect once I do my testing.

I test it once during the cooking process, and if I can stick a fork through the squash, it’s done.

If you’re unsure about your oven temp or toaster oven, check on it at the 30-minute mark.

I wouldn’t go over 40 minutes baking the squash because you don’t want to mush it.

When you use a fork, you should be able to pull strands of squash out like it was a bowl of pasta.

Now it’s time for the sauce.

How To Make Italian Bolognese Sauce

I’ve made bolognese sauce on the blog before, and it’s simple to make ahead of time.

That’s what we do as it cuts down on the process, especially if it’s a work night or the kids have sports.

Ingredients NeededClick the link above for the full recipe.

Note: We had two leftover BBQ Italian sausages, so I cut them up and added them to the sauce.

Whatever sauce we had left, I turned that into a keto chilli the next day.

  • 1lb Ground Beef and 1lb Ground Pork
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 4 cups of whole tomatoes Run through a mill or crushed (San Marzano is the best and you can find them at Costco Canada.}
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine (any will do) eliminate this if you are KETO
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 cup of Chicken Stock Broth
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 carrot chopped fine 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 clove of minced garlic
  • 1 medium diced white onion 3/4 cup

Types Of Italian Cheeses We Buy

Reggiano Parmigiano Cheese Wheel with Romano Cheese Wedges
Reggiano Parmigiano Cheese Wheel with Romano Cheese Wedges

Two of the best Italian cheeses you can buy are Saputo mozzarella and Parmigiano Reggiano.

If you’re ambitious, you can make mozzarella at home, although I’ve never tried it before.

Another great cheese is Grana Padano and Romano cheese which is a bit salty but delicious.

Differences Between Grana Padano And Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese

The Grana Padano cheese is less expensive than the Reggiano and a great alternative.

Costco Canada sells all three, or you can find it a local grocery stores, cheese companies or an Italian grocer.

Grana is softer, butterier and it tastes slightly more delicate. Cheese experts can even taste smells of broth or steamed vegetables.

Parmigiano generally has a more decisive flavor and the longer it maturates, the more the aromatic notes become recognizable.

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You’ll never find me wasting money on canned grated cheese or pre-grated cheeses in plastic containers.

Just don’t do it.

Buy it fresh in a chunk and grate it yourself because a little goes a long way, and the taste is amazing.

Save up for a blog which generally costs about $23 or less when on sale at Costco.

You can buy smaller pieces at Zehrs, which we’ve purchased found in the cheese bunkers by the deli.

How To Make Baked Spaghetti Squash With Meat Sauce

How To Bake Spaghetti Squash stuffed with a Meat Sauce then Broiled With lots of gooey cheese.
How To Bake Spaghetti Squash stuffed with a Meat Sauce then Broiled With lots of gooey cheese.

Recipe For Baked Spaghetti Squash

Yield: 4

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash With Meat Sauce

baked Spaghetti Squash
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours

Ingredients

  • One medium Spaghetti Squash
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Add Salt as desired (I used 1 tsp each)
  • Add Pepper as desired (I used 1 tsp each)
  • 2 cups of grated mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup of grated fresh Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1 cup meat sauce for each squash half (see recipe link for the sauce in the post.

Instructions

  1. How To Bake Spaghetti Squash
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Cut the spaghetti squash in half and scoop all of the seeds out
  4. Give each half a quick rinse
  5. Take the one tablespoon of butter and rub it all over the flesh
  6. Sit each buttered half face down onto a baking sheet with tinfoil or parchment paper
  7. Bake for 40 minutes, but check on it at 30 minutes by sticking a fork into the back end. If it goes through quickly, it's done.
  8. Remove from the oven and, using a spatula, flip each one over
  9. Leave them both on the baking sheet so you can fill them.
  10. How to make the Meat Sauce/ Bolognese Sauce
  11. You can find the recipe for the meat sauce here.
  12. Pour one cup of the meat sauce into each baked half of Spaghetti Squash
  13. Top with one cup of shredded Italian mozzarella cheese followed by freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
  14. Turn the oven on to broil and put the spaghetti squash back in the oven at 350 degrees.
  15. Watch while it broils the cheese golden and bubbly for about 5 minutes.
  16. Remove the spaghetti squash from the oven and let them sit for a few minutes.
  17. Using your spatula, carefully move each spaghetti Squash to a dinner plate and enjoy.

Notes

As mentioned, I had two leftover sausages that I cut and put into my bolognese sauce. You do not have to add sausages unless you want to.

Now that you know how to bake spaghetti squash, you can add anything you like to the middle. It's a full meal and so good.

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

I hope that if you were not sure how to cook spaghetti squash, I’ve shown you how simple it is.

Once baking the squash down, you can add anything you desire to the middle and return it for a quick broil.

Discussion: What have you learned from this recipe? Please leave me your comments below.

Baked Spaghetti Squash Loaded With Melted Cheese and Stuffed with An Italian Meat Sauce
Baked Spaghetti Squash Loaded With Melted Cheese and Stuffed with An Italian Meat Sauce
Cheesy Spaghetti Squash With Meat Sauce

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