This spaghetti squash recipe combines two of our favorite things: seasonal ingredients and reader involvement. Our community members not only offer enthusiastic support on our Facebook group, but also contribute their favorite AH friendly recipes!

We had the chance to try this recipe over the weekend, and absolutely loved it. Spaghetti squash is simple to work with and makes a great presentation meal or healthy weekday meal that anyone can enjoy. This recipe also uses common, delicious ingredients so you might have everything you need to make this for dinner tonight! Let us know how it goes!

Creating Your Own AH Recipes

This recipe came from, Suzi Koster, one of our readers who loved our Eggplant Parmesan recipe and wanted to make it work with spaghetti squash. If you’ve been hesitant to try crafting your own AH friendly meals, this is a great way to test the waters. Starting with a familiar, established recipe allows you to play with flavors and ratios that you already know work well together. Pretty soon, you’ll be a fabulous AH chef in your own kitchen!

Spaghetti Squash in Shells

3 to 4 small or medium spaghetti squash
16 ounces of mushrooms
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 jar Always Hungry Approved marinara sauce (no sugar, corn starch, etc.)
15 ounce container whole milk ricotta
1 egg
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 to 3 tablespoons basil or parsley, chopped
Mozzarella cheese, shredded, to taste

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cut squash in half. Remove seeds. Roast cut side down for 30 to 40 minutes, until the skin is soft enough to push down. Gently scrape a fork across the flesh to pull back and separate the strands of squash. For better baking and presentation, leave the strands in the shell. You can prepare the sauce layers while the squash is roasting.

To make the sauce layer, sauté mushrooms, bell pepper, and sweet onion.

Spaghetti Squash

Once sautéed, add to marinara. Set aside.

Mix egg, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and basil/parsley into the ricotta.

Layer the marinara mixture and ricotta mixture on top of the squash halves, evenly distributed.

Top with mozzarella. Bake for 20 minutes, or until warm, bubbly, and browned on top. Serve hot with your favorite salad!

  • Muriel Kirkpatrick

    What are the nutritional accounts for the recipe?

    • DrLudwig

      Muriel, we didn’t calculate them. They will be similar to the Eggpant Parm with less protein since these don’t include tofu. To make a complete meal you’ll need to add a bit of protein.
      —Chef Dawn

  • Christine Rotonda

    trying this tonight!!!

  • Betsy Kocsis

    We loved this! The squash we had were at least medium size though, so they took longer to cook. And then the cheese didn’t want to brown in a 350 oven so I put them under the broiler. I didn’t have mushrooms and can’t say that I missed them, but I would like to try the recipe again with them in it.