Are you missing spaghetti? Give spaghetti squash a try.

Spaghetti Squash Raos 1

Before Keto, we were big pasta eaters at my house.  Spaghetti, tortellini with alfredo sauce, ravioli with alfredo sauce – you name it, we ate it!  My college girl’s favorite food is spaghetti and she was really missing it.  This summer, she asked me to try to find a spaghetti substitute and so I researched how to cook spaghetti squash.  We had been using Rao’s Marinara Sauce and Rao’s Tomato Basil Sauce for fathead dough pizza for a while.  So I experimented and it turned out great!

Cooking spaghetti squash is really simple. The only thing hard about it is having to cut the spaghetti squash in half before cooking.  The shell is REALLY HARD!  Let me repeat – the shell is really hard!  You need a very sharp big knife with a pointed tip to be able to cut it.

How to cook spaghetti squash

  • Preheat oven to 375° F and line a rimmed baking pan with foil.
  • Cut the ends off so that you will be able to stand it on your cutting board.
  • Stand the squash on end and cut it long ways.
  • Scoop the seeds and things out of the squash until it is hollow. See photo below.
  • Brush the cut side with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place squash cut side down on foil lined baking sheet.
  • Bake 45 minutes or until inside of squash is tender.

Let cool for 10-15 minutes then scrape the squash strands loose with a fork.IMG_1021

Spaghetti Squash with Rao’s Tomato Basil Sauce with Meat

Rao’s Tomato Basil Sauce with Meat

2 cups Rao’s Tomato Basil Sauce

1 lb. ground beef

1/2 yellow or white onion, chopped

Brown ground beef and onion until done. Add Rao’s Tomato Basil Sauce and simmer 5-10 minutes.

Spaghetti Squash

Prepare spaghetti squash according to above instructions.  Scrape out the “spaghetti” strands and mix with the prepared sauce.  Return “spaghetti and sauce mixture to spaghetti squash shell.  Top with freshly grated mozzarella and freshly grated parmesan according to your tastes.  Return to oven 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.  Each squash half is 2 servings for a total of 4 servings.


Have you tried spaghetti squash?  Did it satisfy your pasta craving?  There are many options for stuffing your spaghetti squash that I will share in later posts.


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