These Spaghetti Squash Beef and Cheese Boats are the healthy version of spaghetti! They are SUPER easy to prepare, and are ready in a you can add all the meat, cheese and spices you love to tailor this recipe. You will find it DELICIOUS!
Original recipe posted: October 2016 | Recipe update: October 2019
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This yummy little spaghetti squash treat was dinner the night before my trip to Austin. I LOVED IT. I've always loved me some squash, but never as much as this one. It even beat out this yummy stuffed squash recipe.
WHY I LOVE THIS RECIPE
Aside from its total yumminess, the thing I love most about this recipe is how easy it was to make! You can make meat sauce ahead of time or pull some from the freezer. You can even just use a jar from the store and it comes together in just under 30 minutes.
HOW TO PREPARE BAKED SPAGHETTI SQUASH
Two easy ways to prepare a delicious, healthy dinner!
In a large skillet over medium high heat, add a tablespoon of olive oil cook and stir the beef until no longer pink. Drain and add spaghetti sauce, stir to combine, and cook until heated through.
MICROWAVE OPTION - this is a quicker option if you prefer fast and microwave
Puncture squash all over with a fork. One at a time, place squash in microwave and heat on high heat for 10 minutes or until squash is soft to the touch.
OVEN OPTION - this is easy to do but will take a little longer
Place the halved pieces of squash on a baking sheet and bake at 400 for 35 minutes.
Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds with a spoon. You can discard the seeds. Comb through flesh with a fork to make "noodles" that are healthy and place two pats of butter on each half. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper.
Divide the meat sauce between the squash halves. Top each with 1/2 cup cheese. If you are going to complete this in the microwave, put them in for 1 minute or until the cheese is melted. If you'd prefer to warm it in the oven, preheat oven to 350. Place your squash in a baking dish and let the cheese get nice and melty in about 15 min.
Top with fresh parsley and serve immediately!
Substitute ground turkey or Italian sausage for a different flavor.
Imagine the possibilities when stuffing your own squash! Typical spaghetti toppings are amazing, but really anything could work. You can add sausage, mushrooms, add some tomatoes or green pepper, varying types of cheese and herbs, the options are endless.
This recipe easily becomes vegetarian by using tomato sauce and omitting the meat to it. Chop up some more veggies to make it chunky and thick such as eggplant or zucchini and carrots.
Start with some delicious Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce if you don’t have a jar of sauce available or you’d like to make your own homemade sauce. It's perfect for freezing too so you won't waste anything!
WHAT YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR WHEN SELECTING SQUASH
You should look for small and slightly oblong/round squash for the perfect dinner.
CAN I MAKE THIS MEAL IN ADVANCE
You can prepare the squash up to 5 days in advance. Just cook the squash, bring it to room temperature, then place it in an airtight container in the fridge.
BENEFITS OF ENJOYING A SPAGHETTI SQUASH
They are gluten free and low carb! That's a big deal if you're cutting wheat out of your diet or just incorporating more healthy options into your meals. Best of all they taste great and allow you to enjoy a dinner favorite, spaghetti!
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DELICIOUS HEALTHY SIDE DISH OPTIONS
Don’t stop with this Stuffed Spaghetti Squash recipe. Check out a few of my other favorite easy, healthy dishes!
Roasted Butternut Squash and Apples -The best way to prepare these two foods together is in the oven! The apples and cinnamon add a touch of sweetness. This delicious side dish goes great with any meal!
Cauliflower Mushroom Rice Replace rice with this veggie-packed Cauliflower Mushroom Rice side dish. It’s easy to make and prepared in 15 minutes. Packed with flavor and texture plus this recipe also complies with the Whole30 program!
Egg Roll In A Bowl - Enjoy the ingredients inside an egg roll minus the carbs and calories. This Egg Roll Bowl is great as an easy dinner or salad. Done in 20 minutes and supremely delicious!
Grilled Cabbage Steaks - Make grilled cabbage to the next level by making cabbage steaks! Top them with shaved Parmesan cheese, bbq sauce or just a simple pat of butter. Serve alongside any summer meal for the absolute perfect healthy side dish!
If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and tag it @pipandebby + hashtag it #PIPANDEBBY I'd love to see what you create!