Spaghetti Squash Casserole
I really enjoy seasonal eating. It makes me feel more connected to Mother Earth and nature’s illustrious cycles. Winters in Manitoba can get pretty cold, and I’ll admit I’m a bit of a baby when it comes to below freezing temperatures. This spaghetti squash casserole is such a cozy meal on a cold winters day. The vegan option is just as simple to make. This recipe is a must try in the wintertime!
Spaghetti Squash Casserole Recipe
1 medium spaghetti squash
- 1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 6 oz mushrooms, quartered
- 1/2 medium zucchini, cut into quarters lengthwise then chopped into pieces
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp olive oil, plus a little more for grilling vegetables
- 1 cup spaghetti sauce
- sea salt and pepper to taste (optional)
- 1/2-1 cup shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese (optional)
- Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise.
- Remove the seeds, stringy flesh and rub a light amount of olive oil onto the insides of the squash.
- Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and bake at 375 for 35-45 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
- While the spaghetti squash is cooling, chop up the rest of the vegetables and fry them in a large pan over medium heat with a small amount of olive oil for approximately 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste if desired.
- Once spaghetti squash is cooled (about 30 minutes) take a fork and scrape out the inside of the squash. This should result in the squash making spaghetti like strings. Remove from the spaghetti squash strings and place in a large bowl.
- Add the grilled vegetables, spaghetti sauce and thoroughly incorporate.
- Transfer all the mixed ingredients into a casserole dish.
- If you are adding cheese to the top of the casserole, do so now.
- Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes or until cheese is browned.
* For a vegan alternative without cheese topping I would suggest covering the casserole with a lid or aluminum foil so the casserole doesn’t dry out. You could also try topping with a healthy, vegan alternative shredded cheese!
* For some more flavour, try sprinkling some basil or Italian herb blend on top of the cheese before baking!