Vegetarian Baked Spaghetti Squash Casserole
Comforting baked pasta? That’s actually a vegetable? That pretty much sums up this spaghetti squash bake recipe. Let’s face it – kids love noodles, but a lot of us are trying to cut down on simple carbs like traditional spaghetti.
This recipe is quite customizable. Go ahead and toss in any veggies or herbs you would like to use up. This week I added some fresh thyme and rosemary, and some cherry tomatoes on top since that’s what I had. Some cooked sausage (I used vegan Field Roast Italian sausage) is delicious thrown in with the veggies too. In the summer I add more bell peppers and some summer squash.
How to Make a Spaghetti Squash Casserole Bake
This recipe does take longer than my usual dinners, as the squash takes about 45 minutes to cook. I recommend cooking the squash the night before, or in the morning to make things quicker at dinnertime.
Once you have your cooked spaghetti squash “noodles” you’re ready to make the casserole. I love that this dish is so customizable.
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- 1 medium-sized spaghetti squash
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 small yellow onion
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 cup sliced crimini mushrooms
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 (26 ounce) box chopped tomatoes, such as Pomi
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese packed in water, drained and cubed
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Carefully cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise (this can be the hardest part). Brush or drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes, or until tender.
- Meanwhile, saute the onion in a large saucepan over medium-high heat with another tablespoon of olive oil until translucent. Add the garlic, bell pepper, mushrooms, oregano, and red pepper, and continue to saute until the vegetables have softened. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste, and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in basil. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.
- Use a fork to scratch "spaghetti noodles" out of the squash skin. Transfer "noodles" to a large casserole dish. Pour sauce over the top and stir in the mozzarella. Sprinkle Parmesan over the top and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, until bubbly.
- To make this more like lasagna, add dollops of ricotta. I like Kite Hill vegan ricotta or homemade vegan ricotta best.
- For a meaty bake, add sliced or crumbled Italian cooked sausage.
- Add sauteed sliced mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, or any other favorite veggies.
- Add kalamata olives, capers, and red pepper flakes for a take on puttanesca.
- For a vegan bake, be sure to use only vegan cheeses.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 236Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 347mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 12g
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