Creamy Spaghetti Squash Casserole (aka my newest food experiment!)

Creamy Spaghetti Squash Casserole

I was recently introduced to spaghetti squash for the very first time ever -- and I loved it! I mean, it's like the healthy low-calorie alternative to pasta, which is one of my weaknesses. ;)

So what better to do than to smother the healthy vegetable with things like cream cheese, butter, and sour cream?! This isn't really a "health food" kind of meal after all, but it is super yummy!!

Along the lines of dreamy spaghetti and/or three-cheese baked spaghetti, this Creamy Spaghetti Squash Casserole is a delicious baked main dish. The squash is layered in the bottom with a cheesy white sauce taste, and then topped with spaghetti sauce, meat, and more cheese. I made this recipe without cottage cheese, which is a no-no for my lactose-intolerant husband. Edited to add: I did use sour cream, which contains lactose. Hmmm. Still figuring out the whole lactose-free way of life. :)

Creamy Spaghetti Squash Casserole

While it doesn't taste exactly like spaghetti would, it's a very delicious alternative. And if you grow your own squash (or know someone with extras from their garden!) this is just one way of incorporating it into your menu. :)

Now, I've just rambled on about a vegetable I've only ever cooked twice in my life. I need you guys to tell me what YOU like to do with spaghetti squash!

Comments

I'm curious about what it tastes like. I've been seeing all these pasta-type recipes using spaghetti squash but I'm afraid to try it. (My husband already doesn't "like" it because he knows it's squash lol. He loved the butternut squash cheesecake bars I made last year though ;))

No kidding- we tried a spaghetti squash this weekend (first time). I made a homemade spaghetti sauce; put Smart Balance on the cooked spaghetti squash, then the sauce, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and grated mozzarella cheese. It was unbelievably good, and the best thing of all was that my husband said he will NEVER need to have pasta in the house ever again. This was tastier, left us feeling less full, and we knew it was so much healthier. We had it for lunch, then again for dinner, and my husband wanted it in his thermos for lunch today! I couldn't be happier. For as many meals as we got from one squash, it is definitely a money-saver, too.

We like it with just spaghetti sauce and cheese on top, or even with just butter and salt and pepper! It is definitely one of our favorite meals.

~Elizabeth in Alaska

and it is delish! I have made it and topped with my spaghetti gravy (tomato based sauce with basil, garlic sausage and meatballs) and also chili! It is so yummy, I can't imagine that you can go wrong!

Saryn

What does spaghetti squash look like? I have heard of using zucchini in this way but haven't tried it before.
We probably have different names for some of our veges over here (in New Zealand), for example Butternut squash, we call this Butternut Pumpkin. So I am wondering if you are talking about some kind of pumpkin or something else!

Ok, I just did a whole lot of googling and found out what they are. Also found some yummy recipes on youtube! I am about to buy some seeds. Thanks!

cottage cheese actually has some of the lowest amount of lactose of all cheeses, I find it interesting that it's one of the only ones he can't handle!

I'm going to try making this using fake dairy products - it looks delicious!

Yes me too...always wondered what it tastes like!
Tereza

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Tereza

We have had it as regular spaghetti with a meat sauce. We have also had it with butter, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. My co-worker has only had it with butter and cinnnamon sugar ----ewwwww.

I must say i don't know either what this vegetable is! I am going to go and see!
But i have a question: do you use sour cream instead of white sauce in many recipes??
I bought a bottle of "lait fermenté", (sour milk) can I use it instead of sour cream or will it not be the same??
(sorry! I live in France!)

Sour cream would not be the same as sour milk or buttermilk Our sour cream is thicker... like a whipped cream consistency only heavier. (I can't think of a better description; sorry if that doesn't make sense!) I'm not sure what would be a good substitute for sour cream...  here is a page with some substitution ideas. :)

Thank you for your answer ! the link is fantastic and i will add butter to the sour milk . We have fromage blanc"cottage cheese" must be a bit the same(or thick). I must use this sour milk before it turns bad!

Normally, I just make spaghetti squash when we have pasta. The kids and DH have pasta, I have the squash. Dh has finally acquired a taste for it, so he has both noodles and squash. I usually just top it with meat sauce, but this sound SuperYummy! I never would have thought of it. Sounds like a keeper!

-- FishMama
lifeasmom.com

No matter how I try I cannot wrap my mind around the fact that people eat this squash like pasta... It is a VEGETABLE, pasta is a grain. LOL
I prefer to cook mine and slather it with butter and salt and pepper... plain and simple. I have been known to eat ONLY spaghetti squash at a meal when I'm lucky enough to get one.
Louise in Alberta, Canada

Yum. We love spaghetti squash at our house. My first introduction to this fantastic vegetable was in Kindergarten (1982)! My teacher brought one in and we baked it in the oven and had fun pulling all the strands out and eating them after it had cooled a bit. I remember that like it was yesterday...

Anyway, we typically eat it with a nutritional yeast sauce on top.

I love this squash I have a bunch in the freezer that we grew this summer. Very easy to grow needs a big place since it grows like pumpkin. But very easy!
Erika

I LOVE spaghetti squash. I discovered it 3 years ago and have been in love ever since. I usually just bake mine for 45 minutes in the oven, pop it out and eat it plain with butter, salt and pepper. I can't stand covering its deliciousness with sauces!

We have two spaghetti squash in the cupboards right now and I think I might just have to make me one... *slurp!*

cut in half...(take out the seeds ) in a dish... little water and butter in the pan... into the oven until it is soft... then scrape it out with a fork...
Same thing we do with Acorn squash...

Sue

I just heard about this last friday-- a mom of 10 told me about it at the local pumpkin patch.

I don't know what it looks like, YET...but I can't wait to try my hand at it!!

Yours looks YUMMY!!!

Thanks so much for this recipe! My husband watched me making it and was extremely suspicious. He only tolerates squash when he has to, but he put his seal of approval on this dish. I am adding it to the rotation! :)

I've just attempted to veganize your recipe (since my family is vegan vegetarian and this looked especially yummy to me). I made a white sauce out of tofu, tofutti sour cream and a few seasonings, cooked the squash, peppers, onion, and garlic like you did, and simply topped the white sauce/ squash mixture with spaghetti sauce. I didn't feel like getting out my vegeburger to add. :) Anyway, looks yummy! Can't wait to see how it tastes. :)

My desire to try to make something with spaghetti squash led me to recipezaar.com where I found this awesome recipe http://www.recipezaar.com/261975. It's really good and my husband and I both enjoyed it very much. I look forward to trying your creamy spaghetti squash casserole.

Guess what? If you are making spaghetti for the whole family and just YOU are eating the spaghetti squash as a substitute for pasta--add just a few stands of wheat spaghetti on top of your spaghetti squash. Your taste buds (AND BRAIN) think its all spaghetti. It's an amazing trick--well it worked for me anyway!

I love spahgetti squash i one of my favorites and this caserole look fantastic.Icant wait to go home and make it. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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