My lasagna-inspired spaghetti squash is a meatless alternative to the famed bird. It's great for vegetarians or anyone who craves something on the lighter side. —Jenny Lofthus, Goleta, California
Recommended: How to Cook Spaghetti Squash
VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 1 small spaghetti squash (about 2 pounds)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- 2 cups (16 ounces) 2% cottage cheese
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Additional grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil, optional
- Cut squash lengthwise in half; remove and discard seeds. Place squash on a microwave-safe plate, cut side down. Microwave, uncovered, on high 16-18 minutes or until tender.
- When squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to separate strands; transfer to a microwave-safe dish. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Stir in marinara sauce, cottage cheese, spinach, tomatoes, basil and Parmesan cheese.
- Cook, covered, on high 14-16 minutes or until heated through. If desired, sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese and basil. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Lasagna-Style Spaghetti Squash in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2015, p96