I love almost any squash recipe, and this one makes a great meal all by itself! Quick, easy, and one of my favorite ways to make spaghetti squash!

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
1 hr 19 mins
additional:
7 mins
total:
1 hr 51 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place squash in baking pan; pour in enough boiling water to come 1/2-inch up the sides of dish.

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  • Bake in the preheated oven until squash is tender, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven; cool until easily handled, 7 to 10 minutes.

  • Reduce oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Scoop out squash; separate strands with a fork. Reserve shells.

  • Cook beef, onion, and bell pepper in a skillet over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes; drain. Stir in garlic, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper; cook and stir until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Stir in squash; cook until liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes.

  • Fill squash shells with squash mixture using a slotted spoon; place in a shallow baking pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until flavors combine, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese; bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Any ground meat can be substituted for ground beef. You can substitute mozzarella cheese instead of Cheddar.

As a side dish this can serve 8 to 10, or it can be used as a main dish and serve 4 to 6.

Nutrition Facts

236 calories; protein 18g; carbohydrates 12.8g; fat 12.5g; cholesterol 57.6mg; sodium 414mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2017
Spaghetti squash can be very difficult to cut in half so I poked it with a few pricks of a fork and microwaved it for five minutes and then just let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes and it was super easy to cut in half afterwards. This recipe is super easy and you can add other ingredients as you like! I substituted lean ground turkey for beef, added some chopped mushrooms, and for variety red, purple, and green diced bell peppers! Yummy and very filling! Thx for this easy delicious healthy meal! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/28/2018
Very bland. I think it needed twice the spices and perhaps some tomato paste. Read More
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252 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 175
  • 4 star values: 62
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2017
Spaghetti squash can be very difficult to cut in half so I poked it with a few pricks of a fork and microwaved it for five minutes and then just let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes and it was super easy to cut in half afterwards. This recipe is super easy and you can add other ingredients as you like! I substituted lean ground turkey for beef, added some chopped mushrooms, and for variety red, purple, and green diced bell peppers! Yummy and very filling! Thx for this easy delicious healthy meal! Read More
(74)
Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2017
Very good! Loved it. Made a few changes. Used more onion, bell pepper and garlic. Added one container baby bella mushrooms. Sauteed onions & garlic then added shrooms and bell pepper w/a tiny bit of balsamic vinegar. Removed from pan then browned beef. Used more basil, oregano and added some italian seasoning. Added a bit of red pepper flakes and cayenne. Didn't use the squash shells. Cooked in cast iron deep skillet, so put that in the oven - saved using a casserole dish. Used 2% milk mozerella instead of cheddar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2017
To tell the truth, I was hesitant to try this because I had memories of boiled, mushy squash from childhood. My wife convinced me to try spaghetti squash... love won out and I made the dish as portrayed. Very pleased to report, it turned out great! The squash was NOT mushy and the whole dish was very flavorful... this dish will definitely be on our menu again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2016
Fantastic! This comes together so easily and effortlessly. The instructions are easy to follow and fool-proof. I added some zucchini and carrots to the meat mixture and used Parmigiano Reggiano because I was out of cheddar. I also added some hot chili powder, and still loved it. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2017
I just harvested 30 spaghetti squash out of my garden before the 1st freeze. I managed to give away 8 of them but now I need to try new recipes. This was very good but I added chili powder and cayenne pepper. Hint: When cutting spaghetti or any other winter squash get a heavy chef's knife started then use a rubber mallet to hammer the knife through the tough squash. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2019
This is a PERFECT recipe! It isn’t too heavy, and the combination is absolutely delectable. Mixing in the scooped out squash is key. Squash absolutely makes this dish. The ground beef only compliments it, with the seasonings. This is not just healthy, but hearty! It is a great full meal in itself. I make this constantly in my dinner rotation! Probably one of my favorites. If you need a little kick- add some diced jalapeño. If you want a more rich dish: add in some sour cream or cream cheese prior to baking. This one is so easily versatile, but seriously doesn’t need editing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2018
I am not vegetarian but I made this meatless and it came out absolutely fantastic! I added more onion and more peppers actually almost a little more of everything to take up the space of the missing meat. To me the beautiful flavor of of a spaghetti squash is overwhelmed when you use meat in it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/07/2017
I like spaghetti squash but usually just serve it with salt, pepper and butter. This was very good. The only change I made was to add some leftover portabello mushrooms that needed to be used up. This is definitely going in the make again file. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2017
This was a hit at our house! I tried the recipe exactly as written although I opted to use a casserole dish instead of the squash shells. Next time I will try doubling the garlic peppers & onions and add chopped mushrooms as suggested by other reviews. Thanks for this fresh healthy & easy to make dish. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/28/2018
Very bland. I think it needed twice the spices and perhaps some tomato paste. Read More
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