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Spaghetti Squash Casserole Recipe

Spaghetti Squash Casserole Recipe

Spaghetti squash, like zucchini, can take over a garden. This is an excellent way to put that abundance to good use. I got the original recipe at a cooking class, and I've made it many times since. It's unique and tasty. -Mina Dick, Boissevain, Manitoba
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1 small spaghetti squash (1-1/2 to 2 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  • 1. Cut squash in half lengthwise; scoop out seeds. Place with cut side down in a baking dish; add water. Cover and bake at 375° for 20-30 minutes or until it is easily pierced with a fork. When cool enough to handle, scoop out squash, separating the strands with a fork. In a skillet, cook beef, onion, red pepper and garlic until meat is browned and the vegetables are tender. Drain; add tomatoes, oregano, salt, pepper and squash. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Transfer to an ungreased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with the cheese and parsley; let stand a few minutes. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 160 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 226mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein.

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SkitzoidLady User ID: 6606839 259182
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2017

"I wasn't over the top in love with this recipe. It was okay, but nothing to write home about. I pretty much followed the recipe to the T, except that I followed the advice of others and added spaghetti sauce, and used and Italian blend of dried herbs rather than the oregano. I was looking for a recipe that would make the spaghetti squash shine, but I thought it got lost among the other ingredients. In my opinion one lb of ground beef was way more than enough. If you are trying to find a way to get your family to eat squash, this would be a good recipe. I love the taste of squash, so didn't feel like I needed to hide it behind other flavors. I probably will not make this again."

elysesalpeter User ID: 8793513 244936
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2016

"This is delicious and such a great way to use spaghetti squash. After reading all the suggestions I added sausage to double the meat, used Italian seasoning instead of just oregano. 3 Garlic cloves minced and added one extra can of fire roasted tomatoes to keep it all moist. It did need more salt, surprisingly, so I added more as I was cooking per taste. It's really delicious. Thank you for posting this."

mauilisa User ID: 8693387 241559
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2016

"Delicious! Added some tomato sauce to the original recipe, have made this several times is a family favorite."

siram User ID: 4065103 240672
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"Loved this! Added some tomato paste, Italian seasoning, mixture of mozzarella and cheddar cheese on top and baked with cheese on top."

sparkplug9902 User ID: 1269769 227575
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2015

"Since some of the reviews suggested adding pasta or pizza sauce because it was dry, I added a jar of pizza sauce. It was good and I will make it again."

kayla_natasha User ID: 8075226 7928
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

"Substituted the ground beef for ground elk and was really good! Make sure to add a little extra seasoning and tomato juices as it can be slightly bland/dry."

cdwinca User ID: 7834333 7843
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2014

"Excellent!! I had absolutely no leftovers."

jpruittcdp User ID: 1902826 7262
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"Very good recipe! I can't eat cheese so left it off and it was still wonderful!"

FranksTV User ID: 7613459 8282
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"This recipe is a great starting point. I have made it 6 times now and I do it different each time. Last time I used Italian sausage and double the meat, I use jar spaghetti sauce and last of all I put the cheese on before it goes in the oven. It comes out kinda like a lasagna. My kids even eat it."

ss_kory User ID: 2170285 200199
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2012

"I used 2 cups of diced tomatoes and added some Italian seasoning as someone suggested for more flavour. Very easy recipe....very quick, for a healthy family meal. Will definitely make this casserole again!"

[email protected] User ID: 3663021 7959
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2012

"This is excellent! The first time I made it was with home grown squash that was bigger in size than called for so I doubled the meat sauce which worked great. That first time, I found that I was out of tomatoes, so I used home canned tomato products. I have used a chili base, pasta sauce, and salsa. Any of them worked great. I will continue to make it this way."

Missakay76 User ID: 5760228 7260
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2012

"This is a big hit with my family! My kids love it, although they want to know why the "noodles" are crunch!"

jieastcott User ID: 1507778 10563
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"Love this! Have won over hubby and company alike who generally dislike squash. Definitely a keeper"

unica424 User ID: 6341681 4261
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"This recipe was amazing! I honestly was not sure what to expect; my first time cooking with spaghetti squash. I will definitely make this again! I used ground turkey instead of beef and added a little bit of mixed Italian seasonings in addition to plain oregano. Delicious!!"

mehalv User ID: 4612167 7842
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"I was not a fan of this recipe at all. I felt it was lacking in seasoning, and was unappealing."

ruthiedev User ID: 6056353 10546
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2011

"This was a very simple and easy hotdish, and also very yummy! If I want to stretch it more, I'd add some cooked macaroni to it."

ottumwaiowa User ID: 5930242 7259
Reviewed May. 16, 2011

"I have made this twice now and I love it."

stinson.whitney User ID: 4831042 10545
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2010

"I've made this twice, but substituted the groud beef for sausage and it's delish. A real hit in my house."

bjsteinberg1 User ID: 3518683 7957
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2010

"This is wonderful. I have made it several times now and everyone has loved it."

Summy User ID: 1386846 8646
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2009 Edited Jan. 27, 2016

"I have made this recipe so many times. It's totally yummy. Even my children enjoyed it when they were younger. Usually I substitute ground turkey for the beef, and I use a can of Italian tomatoes.""

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