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Cheesy Bacon Spaghetti Squash

This quick casserole is called "cheesy" for a reason. Stir in any kind you've got. —Jean Williams, Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 large spaghetti squash (3-1/2 pounds)
  • 4 bacon strips, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese


  • Halve squash lengthwise; discard seeds. Place squash on a microwave-safe plate, cut side down; microwave on high until tender, 15-20 minutes. Cool slightly. Separate strands with a fork.
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. With a slotted spoon, remove bacon to paper towels; reserve drippings.
  • In same pan, heat drippings over medium heat; stir in butter, brown sugar, salt and pepper until blended. Add squash; toss and heat through. Remove from heat; stir in cheese. Top with bacon.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 381 calories, 26g fat (12g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 627mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 10g protein.

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  • katlaydee3
    May 27, 2018

    This was delicious! I did find that I needed to cook the squash for about twice as long as directed. I will definitely make this again.

  • PrplMonky5
    May 6, 2017

    We thought this was quite tasty! Instead of spaghetti squash, I used spaghetti butternut squash. It came pre-packaged from our grocery store (about 11.5oz). We cut the recipe in half for just my husband and I, so the 11.5oz seemed like enough. I just followed the directions on the package to bake the strands until tender. For the bacon, I used Hormel's Real Bacon Bits (1 tbsp = 1 slice of bacon). I also used mozzarella instead of swiss but I'm looking forward to trying the swiss next time! Even though I gave it 5 stars, I'd like to note that I found it to be a little too buttery (there was pools of butter everywhere). I might try to cut back on the butter next time. I'll definitely be making this again.

  • wagondorfer
    Dec 9, 2015

    Love the touch of brown sugar in the squash. Really good.

  • kennedy22
    Aug 10, 2015

    We really enjoyed this and I made it as directed. Agree with others that there is alot you could do with this.... but as written we loved..... thanks for sharing!

  • auntgeegee
    Jan 23, 2015

    Big squash are tough to cut but just stab it and place in microwave for 2 minutes it will be easier.

  • chinadoll2008
    Apr 20, 2013

    I thought it needed more seasoning but it was good! My husband & I love trying new spaghetti squash recipes. I will experiment a little more more with the seasonings next time.

  • litehousekitty
    Dec 17, 2012

    It is hard to cut in half but it is worth the struggle. I did omit the brown sugar ( I'm Diabetic) and I used an Italian Blend shredded cheese. Then took some bread crumbs and melted butter and topped it and brown in oven for 2-3 minutes and what a fanstastic receipe, I will use this often for my self and company. Thankyou.

  • yoyo1198
    Nov 20, 2012

    This is a good alternative side dish. I find that the squash was too hard to slice in half so I poked some holes in it so it wouldn't burst in the oven, baked in shallow baking dish @375° for an hour, let it cool and then did all the prep work. Much easier than wrestling with the hard surface and taking a chance on cutting myself with an always sharpest knife. Good recipe though. Thank you.

  • larkendra
    Oct 11, 2012

    No comment left

  • dls5799
    Dec 15, 2011

    Just not a recipe I preferred. A little to bland. I am going to find another.