Need a new fast meal for your dinner rotation? Try my Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash Marinara recipe!
Ohhhhhh I had the best weekend. I had a houseful of some of my oldest friends in town for my girls baby shower and it was so lovely. I literally had people fly in from across the country and world to celebrate the twins. I'm putting together a full post to share with you Friday.
In the meantime, I thought I'd share one of my FAVORITE new recipes I've created... my Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash Marinara recipe. I made this for the blog and then proceeded to make it once every few weeks since then. It's one of those recipes that SO easy to make it's easy to add to your dinner rotation.
Here's Why You'll LOVE my Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash Marinara recipe...
If you aren't familiar with spaghetti squash, it's a hearty, tough-shelled squash that shreds like spaghetti noodles when you take a fork to it after you bake it. There are so many ways to use it, but I think it's the most fun to eat when you stuff it back into the hard shell and twice bake it like a potato.
So for this Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash Marinara recipe, all you need is one spaghetti squash. My life hack for this post is to pierce the tough squash with a knife and pop the entire thing in the microwave for a few minutes before you even attempt to cut it in half.
Next, you cut it and place both sides face down on a baking dish. It takes a while to fully cook it, but it's hands-off time and you can even that part ahead of time.
After the squash is tender, you scoop out the seeds like a pumpkin and use a fork to clear out the "noodles" being careful to keep the squash shell intact. I then add them to a large bowl with canned tomatoes, marinara sauce, and a little cheese! I'll hand huge handfuls of fresh basil if I have it.
The last step in making my Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash Marinara recipe is to stuff the squash mixture back into the shell and add a nice topping of cheese! You can even make the entire dish to this point ahead of time and at dinner pop the finished product in the oven. Just add a little more cooking time to account for them being in the fridge.
My Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash Marinara recipe bakes up bubbly like a baked ziti but this pasta-free version is so much lighter and low carb. Plus you get all sorts of wonderful vitamins from the squash!
I knew it was a hit when the Hubs said, "This is my favorite dish you've made in a while!" WOOP!
I hope you will give my Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash Marinara recipe a try! It's quickly becoming a family favorite of ours and I'm sure you'll love it too.
Also try these squash recipes...
- Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
- Maple Delicata Squash
- Crock Pot Butternut Squash Soup
- Easy Baked Acorn Squash
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Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash Marinara recipe
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 1 14.5 ounce can fire roasted tomatoes, drained well
- ½ cup marinara sauce *
- ¾ cup mozzarella cheese *, divided
- extras: fresh basil, dried basil or Italian seasoning, garlic powder & parmesan cheese!
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Spray it with cooking spray.
- Carefully pierce the whole spaghetti squash with a sharp knife. Put the squash in the microwave for 3-5 minutes or until it is easier to cut. Carefully slice it in half.
- Place the squash flesh side down on the baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the squash is tender and comes apart in spaghetti-like noodles easily. It will take a little more time for a larger squash and little less for a smaller one.
- When the squash is cooked flip it over and carefully remove the seeds. Use a fork to separate the squash being careful to leave a little around the edges and to not hurt the squash boat. Put all of the noodles in a bowl.
- Add the canned tomatoes to the spaghetti squash. Add a little bit of marina sauce until you have enough to cover all your noodles. The exact amount will vary due to the variable size of spaghetti squash. Toss ½ cup of the cheese. If you want to be creative also add fresh or dried basil, garlic, and parmesan cheese.
- Refill the squash halves with the marinara mixture. Sprinkle the top with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
- Bake for 7-9 minutes or until the cheese on top is melted. To get a golden brown color you can turn to oven up to broil for a few minutes. Just be careful not to burn the squash.
What's your favorite way to enjoy spaghetti squash?
I like to fry onions, peppers, mushrooms then layer that on baked spaghetti squash that has been baked with garlic and olive oil. Top with parm. cheese. Yum!!!
This is such a great recipe, Julie - I love spaghetti squash! Beautiful pics too, btw. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us at Weekend Potluck. We hope to see you again tomorrow, sharing more of your wonderful creations. Have a great weekend!
That looks so good! I love spaghetti squash! The best part is that this is so easy, as well!
That looks so comforting with the cheesy topping, but also not too heavy being in spaghetti squash. Sounds so comforting.
Catherine Brown says
This stuffed spaghetti squash looks PERFECT!! I can't wait for them to be ripe up here.... almost! Definitely want to try your method. 🙂
Yumm I love baked spaghetti squash! This is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing!
geetha priyanka says
Such a healthy and delicious dish. Perfect family meal. Love your clicks. Great share.
I love spaghetti squash and this looks amazing!
Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real says
This looks like an awesome and healthy version of some comfort food. Perfect for the cold months that we'll have later this year.
Lisa Ballantyne says