Spaghetti Squash Boats Recipe
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Spaghetti Squash Boats Recipe

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Several fresh tasty ingredients to go together in this recipe to make a spectacular summer supper. Spaghetti squash has an interesting texture that's lots of fun. Try it—you'll love it! —Vickey Lorenger, Detroit, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (2 to 2-1/2 pounds)
  • 1/4 pound ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/3 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

102 calories: 1 cup, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 246mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 0 lean meat


  1. Cut squash in half lengthwise; scoop out seeds. Place squash, cut side down, in a baking dish. Fill pan with hot water to a depth of 1/2 in. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 30-40 minutes or until tender.
  2. When cool enough to handle, scoop out squash, separating strands with a fork; set shells and squash aside.
  3. In a skillet, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the mushrooms, garlic, basil, oregano, salt and pepper; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in squash.
  4. Cook, uncovered, until liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Fill shells; place in shallow baking dish.
  5. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese; bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4-6 side-dish servings or 2 main-dish servings.
Originally published as Spaghetti Squash Boats in Taste of Home August/September 1997, p29

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Reviewed Jul. 26, 2015

"Im a vegetarian and I made his dish last night for my family using salmon and broccoli with cheese it was so good and filling I cant to make more of your recipes"

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"This was excellent, I made it without the meat and was still good."

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"I used a pound of ground beef and doubled all of the ingredients except for the squash. It made so much I had to use a casserole dish. It was great! Will definitely make again"

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"We have made this recipe several times now and LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!!!!!!! The changes we make are 1/2 lb beef, 1 whole onion, 1 whole green pepper, 4 oz can mushrooms (drained), low sodium season salt (instead of reg. salt), and 2 heaping t. minced garlic in a jar. Also, use a 3 lb squash. It always presents well! Very impressive to look at and eat both!"

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2010

"I made this recipe with sausage instead of ground beef, and it was great."

Reviewed Oct. 1, 2010

"This is very fresh tasting. I will make it again."

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