Cheesy Spaghetti Squash with Marinara Sauce

I’ve always been intrigued by spaghetti squash, even as a kid. I thought it was pretty neat that a squash could turn into spaghetti-like strands. Back then I didn’t think much about the fact that it was good for me too, but now it’s one of the main reasons I like to cook spaghetti squash. It’s such a great low-carb, low-cal alternative to spaghetti.
It can be a nice side-dish or even your main course if you’re looking for something light. I loved adding cheese and sauce to the squash, like you would with spaghetti. I use the microwave to cook it, because it’s a lot faster than roasting it in the oven. I just broil it at the end to get the cheese all bubbly and golden.


Boy, Cole sure does not give thumbs-up very easily! He said he liked the sauce and cheese, but it was the spaghetti squash itself that he had a problem with.  I guess he doesn’t share my fascination with spaghetti squash. Bennett didn’t seem that captivated either, but he liked it.

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash with Marinara Sauce

1 large spaghetti squash
1 cup cottage cheese
1 cup marinara sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp fresh basil, diced
1 tbsp fresh oregano, diced
  1. Wash and cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise.
  2. Scoop out the seeds.
  3. Place both halves in a microwavable baking dish with the cut side down.
  4. Fill the dish with about an inch of water.
  5. Cover the dish loosely with plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 7-10 minutes, until you can easily pierce the exterior with a fork.
  6. Using a fork, scrape the flesh into spaghetti-like strands.
  7. Cover each half with 1/2 cup cottage cheese, then 1/2 cup of marinara sauce, and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of mozzarella. Sprinkle each half with 1/2 tbsp of basil and oregano.
  8. Place squash on a baking sheet and cook under a broiler for 3-5 minutes, until the cheese begins to bubble and brown.

Makes approximately 4 small side servings.

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Welcome! I’m Megan.

My kids like to whine, especially when it comes to the food they eat, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to make tasty and healthy meals for them. Follow along as I share family-friendly recipes and reviews from my picky family members, who I lovingly call “The Whine Critics.” Read More…

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