This stuffed spaghetti squash is roasted to perfection in the oven. This baked vegetable recipe is healthy and easy.
I have discovered spaghetti squash boats pretty recently and they have quickly become one of my favorites. These are so comforting! It feels like I'm eating junk food when in fact it's mainly vegetables. Added bonus, even though it takes time to cook, it really doesn't require much work in the kitchen. Easy, healthy, comforting without slaving in the kitchen is the magic formula for me!
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- spaghetti squash halved and seeds removed. Well this is the hardest part of this recipe because the spaghetti squash skin is super hard. So choose a super sharp knife to cut it. And be careful with your fingers!
- tomato sauce: you can either use homemade or store bought totmato sauce. If you choose to use store bought tomato sauce, make sure to check the ingredients before buying it. It should only contain tomato and maybe a little bit of salt, nothing else.
- grated cheese of your choice according to your own tolerances. I use Ossau-Iraty (French sheep cheese) because I can’t have cow dairy.
- extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional if you are not vegetarian : a few pieces of raw ham (Bayonne ham, prosciutto or Serrano)
How to make this
- Place the spaghetti squash halves cut side down on a baking tray
- Bake for 40 minutes or until squash is tender. To easily check if it's cooked: prick a knife through the skin, it should be soft.
- Using a fork, scrape the flesh, to reveal the spaghetti texture
- Add a little bit of olive oil, pepper and salt
- Then add half of the tomato sauce, mushrooms, grated cheese and basil in each spaghetti squash boat. Mix well.
- Put back in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Optional (If you are not vegetarian): Once the stuffed spaghetti squash is out of the oven, you can add pieces of dry-cured ham (Bayonne ham, prosciutto or Serrano) on top of each boat, right before serving. And voilà! Bon appétit!