Tomato Basil Spaghetti Squash Bake

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First you need your squash.  Most grocery stores have them labeled “spaghetti squash.”  Cut it in half and scoop out all of the seeds.  Place the halves face down in a pan and add a little water to just cover the bottom of the pan.  The water will keep the squash moist and tender.  Bake the squash 30-40 minutes at 400 degrees.  Cook time will really depend on the size of the squash – the one I used took almost an hour.  It is done cooking when you can easily loosen strands when scraping it with a fork.

Scrape all of the squash out and put it into a large bowl.  Mmmm I love garlic in pretty much everything.  😀

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Toss the squash noodles with olive oil, garlic, basil, salt and pepper, and parmesan cheese.  My store did not have pre-grated parmesan and I got lazy, so I grabbed a bag of Italian cheeses, which worked just as well.

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Grease a large baking dish or a large casserole dish and pour the noodles in.  Then, you layer tomato on top.  The recipe calls for a large tomato, but all I had were roma tomatoes.  I think using a large tomato would be better, but it was still good.  😉

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Sprinkle a layer of mozzarella cheese.

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Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.  I always find I end up cooking things a little longer than what the recipe calls for – I suppose it just depends on your oven.

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Serving suggestions included a sprinkle of fresh basil and/or a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar.  I preferred it with out the balsamic, but that is totally personal preference.

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It turned out to be scrumptious.  Jake said he could eat it every day.  🙂


Tomato Basil Spaghetti Squash Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 whole spaghetti squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup basil, sliced finely
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 whole tomato sliced
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Bake spaghetti squash – directions above
  2. For the bake – preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a baking dish or casserole dish.
  3. In bowl, mix squash noodles, olive oil, garlic, basil, salt and pepper, and parmesan cheese.  Toss to coat.
  4. Spread in casserole/baking dish.
  5. Lay tomato slices on top and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese and a little more parmesan cheese on top.
  7. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until bubbly and golden brown.

Serving suggestions:

Top with fresh basil and/or sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.

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