Cheesy Spaghetti Squash

The fresh basil in this cheesy spaghetti squash recipe really adds to the flavor. Serve this as a side or a light supper.

The nice thing about this dish is that if you are serving it to the kids, who generally are not squash fans, the cheese will make those protest go away. And no need to tell them what is in it. Why cause an issue for your self?

You will find this to be a favorite of even your most finicky eater.

If you really love cheese you can always add more to make it even cheesier! If you are serving this to guests, serve it with a bowl of extra cheese so your guests can add more if they like.


  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped, juices reserved
  • 10 large, fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the squash in half, lengthwise and place, cut side down on a sheet pan. Prick the skin several times with a fork. Bake 30 to 40 minutes until tender.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sautee 8 minutes. Add the garlic and sautee 1 more minute. Add the tomatoes and their juices. Reduce heat to low and cook 15 minutes.

When the squash is done, scrape the pulp with a fork. Add the squash to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Top with basil and cheese.

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