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Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce Recipe

Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce Recipe

Neither my mother nor I had tried spaghetti squash before, so when we cooked this recipe together, all we could do was grin and say "Wow!" It's fun to separate the noodle-like strands from the squash shell, but the eating is the best part!—Lina Vainauskas, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 8 inches)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 can (28 ounces) tomato puree
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  • 1. Slice the squash lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Place squash, cut side down, in a baking dish. Add water and cover tightly with foil. Bake at 375° for 20-30 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork. Meanwhile, brown beef in a large skillet; drain. Add onion, green pepper, herbs and seasonings; saute until onion is transparent. Stir in tomato puree. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally. Scoop out the squash, separating the strands with a fork. Just before serving; stir 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese into the meat sauce. Serve sauce over spaghetti squash and pass remaining Parmesan. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 308 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 763mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 6g fiber), 23g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 15, 2017

"I made this so we could try the squash instead of pasta, and I was wanting a recipe that my kids would also eat. It was delicious, and I would make it again. I did have to cook my squash longer, it must have been bigger than what the recipe called for. I also added some water to my sauce. It sat in the pan longer, waiting for the squash to cook, and it got thick."

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2014

"I only wish Spaghetti Squash wasn't so high is potassium. We both loved it but he has to watch is potassium closely,"

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2014

"I followed the cooking instructions for the squash and used my homemade sauce and meatballs. I loved it, my 10 yr old thought it was good, unfortunately my husband doesn't care for it. Too bad! I'm making it again!"

Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"Ground turkey is a nice subistute to make this dish even healthier!"

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"I've made this dish many times and it's always a hit. I add more chili powder for more "kick" and I find fresh herbs really add to the flavor"

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

"Tried it instead of pasta noodles, families new favorite:)"

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