I Wish This Meal Photographed Better {Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Bake}

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cheesy spaghetti squash bake

I tried really hard to get an appetizing shot of this meal, but it just never happened. I apologize, and I assure you it’s a really tasty recipe. Just try to put the way it looks behind you, okay?

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When I posted a picture of this meal on Instagram the other night, a bunch of you guys wanted the recipe, so here it is. Again, I swear it tastes better than it looks.

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(Please note the pug tongue in the lower right-hand corner of the photo above. What a little butthead. Murphy will never try to eat food off of my plate, but he definitely pushes the envelope when he can!)

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Bake

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 cups of cooked spaghetti squash
  • 3/4 pound ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1 cup peas (I used frozen)
  • 6 wedges of Garlic & Herb* cheese from The Laughing Cow
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 cup breadcrumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cook ground beef and peas as directed.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, while they are still warm, combine spaghetti squash, ground beef, and peas with the Laughing Cow cheese wedges until cheesy is fully blended.
  4. Mix in grated Parmesan, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  5. Pour the entire mixture into a 9” X 9” baking dish, spread evenly, and flatten with a spatula.
  6. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top and bake for 25-30 minutes until the top begins to lightly brown.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.

Makes 4 servings

*I originally planned to make this recipe with the White Cheddar flavor, but Stop & Shop didn’t have it, so I went with the Garlic & Herb instead. The Garlic & Herb was definitely delicious, but I think the White Cheddar might be better since it has a stronger, cheesier flavor. Just throwing it out there as a suggestion!

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54 Comments

  1. Looks delicious, I love spaghetti squash!! I have been following your blog for awhile now but am having trouble finding a variety of laughing cow flavors in grocery stores near me…. they seem to only carry the basic swiss. I would really love to try the white cheddar!

    1. @Kate: At our grocery stores – Walmart, Meijer, Kroger, etc – they put the more “cheese” flavored Laughing Cows with the other cheeses – shredded cheese, feta, brie, etc. The “cream cheese” flavors are usually with the cream cheese. As for the white cheddar last time I checked they only sold it at Sam’s. If you go onto the Laughing Cow website they have a store locator.

  2. I love spaghetti squash, so I am sure this has to be delicious! This will definitely be on my list to make for dinner one night next week. 🙂

  3. This looks great! I am currently doing the Whole 30 program right now – any suggestions on how to make this recipe more Whole 30/Paleo friendly? Thanks!

  4. Spaghetti squash is seriously impossible to photograph well! Unless you edit the photo to the point of in recognizablility then forget it. This recipe sounds amazing though, you are definitely the queen of easy, simple, and healthy family dinners! Can’t wait to try it!

  5. I would eat a whole squash-worth of this myself — and I’d have to. I’d never be able to sell my fiance on this dish.

  6. I’ve seen spaghetti squash back in the stores….yay! I haven’t done anything baked like this, but I love roasting a big batch at the beginning of the week and getting creative with different toppings and sauces. It looks like a bake will have to happen soon

  7. I actually think that the first pic looks super delish! I love dishes that start on the stovetop and end in the oven! Everything tastes better when you bake breadcrumbs (or cheese!!) on top!! I’m gonna go to bed because this is making me hungry! lol
    -Sammy @ peaceandloveandicecream.blogspot.com

  8. I was trying to think of spaghetti squash recipe to make this weekend and this sounds perfect! I’m not a huge fan of peas so would substituting the peas for green beans work?

    Haha love that pug tongue!

  9. Oh man, I feel you on delicious recipes that don’t photograph well! I make this amazing homemade version of “hamburger helper” that’s full of veggies and flavor, but it looks like a pile of brown slop. Ha!
    This looks worth making though 🙂

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