Some of you are probably thinking, 'what the heck is this thing?' and 'is that really spaghetti in there?' It's a spaghetti squash and nope, no pasta here. This is the squash's natural texture when baked...cool, huh? It's not only beautiful but absolutely delicious. Spaghetti squash has a slight sweetness that complements any savory flavors you stuff into it. Top each half with a pinch of red pepper flakes and chopped parsley, if desired. Serve hot.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr 5 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Place squash, cut-sides down, on a rimmed baking sheet and add water to surround squash.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until tender, about 60 minutes.

  • Gently scrape squash strands into the center of each half using a fork.

  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add garlic to hot butter and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in flour and cook for another minute while stirring until no lumps remain, 1 to 2 minutes more. Whisk in milk heated through. Add cream cheese and stir until smooth. Stir in Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.

  • Spoon hot sauce equally on to each squash half. Gently pull up the squash strands to coat as much as possible with sauce. Top with extra Parmesan cheese if desired.

  • Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Place squash halves under the broiler until golden and bubbly, 2 to 3 minutes.

Cook's Note:

As an alternate way of baking: Poke a few holes deep into the whole squash with a paring knife. Bake for 60 minutes, remove from the oven, and let rest for 10 to 20 minutes before slicing in half with a large serrated knife. Scoop out the seedy inside, leaving the spaghetti strands.

Nutrition Facts

477 calories; protein 27.5g 55% DV; carbohydrates 42.9g 14% DV; fat 23.4g 36% DV; cholesterol 66.5mg 22% DV; sodium 1128.1mg 45% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2020
I did not make any changes. two people mentioned there was no mention of when to stir in milk. I re-read recipe and there it is, "Whisk in milk" which is printed just before telling us to add the cream cheese. It was very delicious and I was skeptable if my husband would like it, but he did and he wants to have it again. Hurrah, a new vegetable. It's very filling too, so a good choice with maybe fish. Or make Swedish meatballs and instead of having them with mashed potatoes add them on top of this spaghetti squash. Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/31/2020
Used tons of cheese. Expensive cheese! Still not flavorful enough for me. Needs cheesier flavor with some punch . Would NOT recommend. Prefer just garlic, olive oil, butter, S & P with sprinkled Parmesan. Used whole block of $$ parmesan . Read More
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  • 4 star values: 5
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
11/11/2018
Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that you don't mention when to put the milk in. I put it with the flour. My husband loves it and wants to have it every weekend. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/23/2018
Yes I will make it again. I added chicken to it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2020
Great recipe! I made it exactly as written and thought it was great. I may add shrimp or chicken for a protein boost next time. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/31/2020
Used tons of cheese. Expensive cheese! Still not flavorful enough for me. Needs cheesier flavor with some punch . Would NOT recommend. Prefer just garlic, olive oil, butter, S & P with sprinkled Parmesan. Used whole block of $$ parmesan . Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2018
The recipe is good but there is no indication of when to add the milk in. I added it with the flour. Also I added vegi sausage and zucchini. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/25/2020
Good meal. I added fresh basil and pan fried shrimp It was a hit. Probably chicken would do well too Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2020
Super easy and very tasty! Added it to my Favorites even before my wife finished hers ! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2020
I did not make any changes. two people mentioned there was no mention of when to stir in milk. I re-read recipe and there it is, "Whisk in milk" which is printed just before telling us to add the cream cheese. It was very delicious and I was skeptable if my husband would like it, but he did and he wants to have it again. Hurrah, a new vegetable. It's very filling too, so a good choice with maybe fish. Or make Swedish meatballs and instead of having them with mashed potatoes add them on top of this spaghetti squash. Read More
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