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Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Bake

Modified from TaylorMade Market

Truthfully, I have not been much of a spaghetti squash fan when people have touted it as an alternative to spaghetti noodles. It always turned to mush for me and seemed kind of bland. I noticed this appealing recipe on Pinterest and decided to give spaghetti squash another try. As usual, I had some different ingredients on hand and other ideas, so I’ve modified it a bit. We were very happy with the results, best demonstrated by how quickly the leftovers disappeared!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large spaghetti squash (or 2 smaller squashes)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 large red bell pepper (or 2 smaller ones)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • ~ 5 ounces fresh spinach (or kale, spines removed), chopped
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 8 sundried tomatoes in oil, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Ratatouille Seasoning, or mixed dried Italian herbs ( or 2 tablespoons fresh herbs)
  • ~10 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
  • Kosher salt or sea salt, to taste
  • Breadcrumbs, lightly toasted (I whirled 2 slices gluten-free bread in a food processor)

1. Preheat oven to 400F.

2. Cut the spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and loose fibers. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt. Place the squash halves on a baking sheet, cut side up, and cook for 35-45 minutes or until tender. Half way through cooking, I turn the squash over (cut side down) to help keep it from drying out. When done, remove from oven and allow to cool. Using a fork, scrape out the squash and set aside. Turn oven temperature down to 350F.

3. While the squash is baking, roast the red pepper over an open flame until charred all over. Allow peppers to steam and cool off in a paper bag, remove char and seeds, and chop coarsely.  If you are unfamiliar with flame-roasting peppers, you can find more detailed instructions here. (Alternatively, you can slice and roast the peppers in the oven on a baking sheet until soft and beginning to brown.)

4. In a saute pan, cook the onions in 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat until they are soft. Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Add chopped spinach to the pan by the handful, lightly tossing each addition until wilted before adding the next handful. Season lightly with salt. Remove from heat.

5. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, goat cheese, and eggs. Mix in the cooked squash, peppers, onions, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, Ratatouille Seasoning/herbs, and ricotta cheese. Stir until well combined. Adjust seasoning, if needed. Pour into a casserole dish and spread out evenly.

6. Top with toasted breadcrumbs. (I toast fresh bread crumbs on the stovetop in a skillet with about a tablespoon of olive oil, stirring until lightly browned.)

7. Bake uncovered at 350F until hot throughout and golden brown, around 30 minutes.


travellerLeftovers be gone! Yummy stuff indeed. As is our musical menu. First up is Traveller by Chris Stapleton. A former member of The Steeldrivers, Stapleton has a rowdy outlaw sort of voice and material that fans of Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson will latch onto in a big way. He’s a star on the way up.

Next up is the legendary Terry Allen with Lubbock (On Everything). From the same part of Texas that gave us the Flatlanders, Buddy Holly and Waylon, Allen may be the most “out there” of them, and this early record is a testament to that. From the opening “Amarillo Highway” to “Truckload of Art” this a crazy offering, with Allen’s wonderful wordplay and funky piano. A must. allen

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7 comments on “Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Bake

  1. She cooks...He cleans
    May 17, 2015

    Sorry, I hit “publish” prematurely when I was writing! It’s up now!

  2. jeanne
    July 6, 2015

    This sounds delicious. I can’t make out how much whole milk ricotta is called for.

    Thank you!

    • She cooks...He cleans
      July 6, 2015

      Something weird has happened with the font? I believe that should be 10 ounces; the ~ indicates an approximation, so a little more or less will be fine.

      Thank you, Jeanne!

  3. anastacia
    August 3, 2015

    I was brought to your blog through your shrimp and grits recipe which turned out AMAZING. Definitely going to be a regular meal around here. This one is next on my list to try. I am so glad I found this page and keep it up.

  4. bgibbswritesandblogs
    June 21, 2016

    I made this (with a few minor variations) for dinner tonight. Absolutely delicious!! I may even be able to get spaghetti squash past my teenager now. Definitely a keeper!

    • She cooks...He cleans
      June 23, 2016

      So glad you liked it, Benita! Spaghetti squash is weird, but I think this disguises it pretty well. 😉

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