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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

My Dad will be so pleased...I made squash for dinner.  Or maybe he won't be once he reads the verdict below.  I guess we'll see!  My Dad is a big squash fan...and everytime it was prepared when we were growing up, we (me, my brother, and I am pretty sure my Mom) all turned our noses.  Ewww, squash.  I painted all squash the same.  If I didn't like one, I didn't like any of them.    But then I grew up, and occasionally at a restaurant one of the vegetable sides would be a squash of some sort.  Sometimes it was spaghetti squash.  And I sometimes tried it.  And I discovered that I like it. Fast forward a few moons and I'm reading through my pile of cookbooks and I come across a recipe for "Spaghetti Squash Casserole"...hmmm...sounds promising.  I think I'll try it.  And we did...here is the recipe:

Spaghetti Squash Casserole - from Taste of Home
My Dad will be so proud, I love this squash dish!

1 medium spaghetti squash
1 cup water
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, washed and sliced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 cup cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350F.

Slice the squash in hal lengthwise; remove and discard the seeds.  Place squash cut-side down in a baking dish.  Bake for 45-60 minutes or until easily pierced.

Increase oven temperature to 375F.

Melt butter in a skillet.  Add in onion, garlic, mushrooms, herbs and seasonings.  Saute until the onion is translucent.  Add in the tomatoes and cook off most of the liquid.  Set aside.

When the squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to separate into strands.  Combine the squash, tomato mixture, cottage cheese, mozzarella, parsley and crumbs.  Pour into a greased 2 quart casserole.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Bake, uncovered at 375 for 40 minutes or until heated through and the top has started to brown.

VERDICT:
Wow, this was so good.  My husband's first reaction was "mmmmm" and he then proceeded to have three servings!  He even took leftovers to work and I think he shared a little there.  We gave some of the plain (baked) spaghetti squash to the baby, he wasn't a fan.  Our oldest son, well, we had to tell him that the spaghetti squash was noodles...which he found acceptable and he cleaned his plate.  My husband is already asking me to make this again!

62 comments:

  1. I love squash! I'm going to have to try this one out.

    www.ashleyudoh.blogspot.com

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    1. Please let me know what you think! We loved it :-)

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  2. This looks so delicious, I'm hungry and I just ate! Found you through the blog hop and now following :)

    Frances
    hellofrances.blogspot.com

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  3. I was just saying the other day that I kind of missed squash since I have not had it since I was a kid. I am saving this recipe to try it soon. Not sure if I can make it look as good as you though.

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    1. Awww, thanks Lisa! I bet yours will look and taste great!

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  4. I had never hear of making spaghetti squash into a casserole. Funny your one son thinking they were noodles!

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  5. Looks yummy!

    I followed you, hope you stop by my blog.

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  6. I love spaghetti squash and recently prepared it 3 different ways to get my kids to try it :) I'm a new follower through the blog hop. Hope you might visit my blog some time. www.kidcultivation.blogspot.com

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  7. I LOVE Spaghetti Squash but have never tried anything like this... we will be now :)

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  8. This looks great! Thanks for sharing. I was looking for great (sneaky) ways to get my kids to eat more veggies...this looks like a perfect way.

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    1. I hope it works for you too! Thanks for visitIng!

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  9. I wouldn't eat squash growing up either, love it today. But I have never had or tried spahetti Squash. This sounds delish andi

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    1. Funny how our taste changes as we grow up! Hope you give this recipe a try...and let me know if you enjoy it!

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  10. This does look delicious! I've made other squash casseroles, and while I love squash, those have been less than appealing. But I've never done spaghetti squash, nor one w/ this many other ingredients! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week. See you next Sunday ~EMM

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    1. Thanks Krista! You know I'll be back :-) the recipe list seems long but it isn't overwhelming. It was all pretty easy to put together :-) have a wonderful day!!

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  11. Lovely casserole!
    Love the recipe - and planning to try it soon
    Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Such a compliment Winnie! Thanks so much :-)

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  12. Found your link on Church Supper hosted by Everday Mom's Meals. This casserole looks great. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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  13. I love spaghetti squash and have thought of doing it like a baked spaghetti. This sounds similar. Sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing.
    Stopping in from vB!
    Michelle

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    1. Thank you Michelle! Hope you will give it a try :-)

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  14. This looks absolutely fantastic!!! Can't wait to try this out. Megan

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    1. Thank you Megan! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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  15. I love spaghetti squash but I've never tried it like this!

    Thanks for sharing at Beautify It Monday!

    -Four Sisters

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  16. That sounds so awesome. I actually have always wanted to make spaghetti squash but didn't know how. Also, found your blog through the link up! :)

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    1. Hi Baylee! This was a pretty easy recipe, and pretty darn tasty! Hope you give it a try!

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  17. I tried making spaghetti squash for the first time last year and was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. This sounds like something I must try soon! My kids might even like this version. I'll have to try the noodle trick.

    Found you through the My Favorite Finds Link party.

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    1. Hopefully the kids will try it without the noodle trick, but just in case, you now have a plan :-) Enjoy, and welcome!

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  18. I have been wanting to try a spaghetti squash and I think this will jump start me!!! It sounds totally awesome!!!

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    1. Oh good! I would love to hear how it turns out for you!

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  19. Thanks for sharing at MustbTry Monday. This looks great!

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    1. You bet Carrie! Will see you again next week!

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  20. I love spaghetti squash and can't wait to try this. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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    1. Thanks for hosting Lisa! I sure hope you enjoy the dish!

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  21. Yum! I'd love for you to add it on my link party at: http://printabelle.com/?p=3188 Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for the invite! I will pop by! And thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  22. That does sound good. We love sphaghetti squash!

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  23. ummmm I'd love to try this one for sure! thanks for linking up with Kids in the Kitchen!

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  24. Mmmm, this looks yummy! I love squash but have never tried spaghetti squash. Looks like I'm going to try it now.
    Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I can't wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Michelle

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    1. Thanks Michelle! Love coming by your party. I hope you do give it a try!

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  25. What a great Squash Casserole, we will just love this recipe. Hope you have a Very Special Week End and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks Miz Helen! I had a wonderful weekend...our baby started crawling! My sons and husband spoiled me. The weather was amazing, and I got an ENTIRE DAY OFF from cooking! Yah!

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  26. I love squash and I'm always looking for new ways to cook our veggies! Looks delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  27. This recipe looks AMAZING!!! I'm going to be featuring you in my features from the Toot Your Horn Tuesday Party Feature post from last weeks party that I will posting Monday before we post the link to this weeks new party. Please feel free to come get your feature button (in my sidebar), and congratulations...Also, you can grab an updated Toot Your Horn Party button on the sidebar as well. Love your recipe, and I look forward to more amazing recipes!

    Erin

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    1. WOW! Thanks Erin! That is SO exciting!! I'll be sure to share the good news! Have a GREAT day!!

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  28. Looks great! I have been dying to try a recipe with Squash! Thank you so much!

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  29. Thanks so much for linking up last week. This sounds delicious! I'm adding it to my dinner menu for this week. :-) You have been featured at this week's linky party http://www.artistic31mama.com/2012/05/fabulous-fridays-linky-party-11.html I also shared this post on my Facebook page. I tried pinning this, but Pinterest said users reported that this was linked to spam and wouldn't post it. Not sure what that was about. :-) Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thanks again.

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    1. Thank you so much Faith! Especially for the feature and also for the heads up about Pinterest. I've contacted them to see what's up!!

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  30. Thank you for sharing this recipe on Dare to Share. It looks so good that I pinned it on my recipes to try board. I look forward to what you post next.

    Pam
    http://pamspartyplanning.blogspot.com/2012/05/dare-to-share-8.html

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  31. OH yes, now I know why this is the most pinned. All those awesome herbs and cheeses, Yummy:) Now I have to pin it, lol:

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  32. I made this tonight and added ground chicken as the hubby gets upset if there's no meat in a dish. I used the ricotta as I'm Italian and i love it so. With a side of green beans, even my picky 2 year old ate it. Thank you for something new and different!

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  33. I have been making a casserole close to identical (a couple measurements differ is all) to this for years. I get a bit of a thrill when guests ask the ingredients and realize that it is a yummy, nourishing, vegetarian meal. I am not a vegan, but I believe that there are recipes that are labeled vegan that do not get a "fair shake" for lack of an open mind. This is one recipe that well deserves a Blue ribbon for all around goodness!.

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