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Strands of tender squash replace pasta for a more flavorful version of spaghetti pie casserole. Not to mention, spaghetti squash is a low-carb alternative to pasta and saves more than 150 calories per serving compared to a traditional recipe. A sprinkling of nutty fontina cheese melts into a gooey topping.

Devon O'Brien
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2020


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Recipe Summary

25 mins
40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Place squash, cut-side down, in a microwave-safe dish; add water. Microwave, uncovered, on High until tender, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, place squash halves cut-side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F until tender, 40 to 50 minutes.)

  • Meanwhile, cook ground beef in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes. Add shallot, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer.

  • Use a fork to scrape the squash flesh from the shells into the sauce; stir to combine. Top with cheese. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until bubbling, about 15 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Serve sprinkled with basil, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

470 calories; protein 42.9g; carbohydrates 27.5g; dietary fiber 7.1g; sugars 13.4g; fat 19.8g; saturated fat 9.4g; cholesterol 118mg; vitamin a iu 2324.4IU; vitamin c 23.5mg; folate 31mcg; calcium 227.4mg; iron 7.6mg; magnesium 59.6mg; potassium 1298.8mg; sodium 719.1mg.

Reviews (4)

Rating: 5 stars
It was very easy and tasty. I did have to add more Italian seasoning as it was a little bland at first. Fast and easy. A do-over. I d like to try it with beans or fake meat crumbles to make it vegetarian. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Mine came out really watery and I'm not sure what I did wrong. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Love that it tastes like a pasta dish but without all the carbs. My son thought it looked gross but as soon as he tasted it he went back to put more on his plate. I subbed ground Italian Sausage for the ground beef since I had that on hand. Added a nice spice to it! One note: my spaghetti squash took much longer than 10 minutes to cook in the microwave which added a lot of time to the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This recipe was very easy and quick followed recipe step by step and made no changes the squash was almost like eating pasta with meat sauce love the flavor will make again. Read More