Can eating vegetables be fun? Of course! This twice-baked squash recipe is twice the fun! Delicious and easy for both dinner and lunch, this gourd-geous meal will have your whole family eating veggies. Simply slice and bake a spaghetti squash, then scrape out the insides to create the “noodles!” This creative alternative to pasta has few calories and more health benefits. Try it for yourself!

What is spaghetti squash?

Spaghetti squash—also called noodle squash or vegetable squash—is just what it sounds like. When cooked, the strand-like interior mimics traditional spaghetti (it’s even the same length!) Other types of squash cannot produce “noodles” like this, so it is crucial to make sure you are using a spaghetti squash when making this recipe.

A healthy alternative to pasta

Full of vitamins A, C, B6, folic acid, fiber, magnesium and beta carotene, spaghetti squash is an excellent way to get your nutrients. Squash is also full of antioxidants and can help improve digestion. To reap even more health benefits, incorporate more veggies! Amplify this recipe by adding sautéed carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes and garlic.

Not only is squash full of nourishment, it is also lower in calories than traditional pasta, averaging about 42 calories per serving, making it a great option for those who prefer a low-calorie diet. Want to make this recipe even leaner? Try it with ground light-meat turkey instead of ground beef.

Roasted Spaghetti Squash Recipe

1 spaghetti squash
olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 lb ground sirloin
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
parmesan cheese, grated

roasting pan
large spoon

1. Preheat oven to 350°
2. Halve squash vertically and remove the seeds
3. Set squash on shallow roasting pan and fill insides with water
4. Season with salt
5. Bake squash in the oven for 30 min, until fork tender
6. Sauté onion and sirloin with olive oil until meat is completely cooked
7. Remove pan from heat
8. Add spaghetti sauce
9. Once squash starts to brown, remove from oven
10. Scoop out squash insides with spoon, scrapping widthwise not lengthwise
11. Add meat sauce to the “noodles” and gently toss
12. Scoop meat and noodle mixture back into squash shells
13. Top with parmesan cheese
14. Return to the oven and bake 10 min
15. Remove from oven, add more cheese if desired, and enjoy!

If you like this recipe, you may also like our online recipes for Honey-Glazed Squash, Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto or Butternut Squash Phyllo Pie with Pancetta & Harvest Greens.