Many times when I make spaghetti squash, I use only half of it for the intended dish. Ratatouille, for example. Somehow we manage to eat an entire batch of ratatouille and only use half a spaghetti squash to go with it. Half a cooked squash sitting in the refrigerator sticks out like a sore thumb. So, I began experimenting. This spaghetti squash casserole is one of the happy results.
Actually, the combination of ingredients was a result of cleaning out the fridge. Half a box of mushrooms, one zucchini and one green onion? Great combo!
The magic is in the sauce. Heat some oil in a small saucepan and cook the mushrooms and zucchini for 3-5 minutes until the mushrooms start to release their juices. Then add the onion to cook for a minute before adding a can of diced tomatoes, some Italian seasoning and garlic powder. This mixture is simmered for 5-7 minutes to develop the flavors then removed from the heat to cool slightly.
Shred the cooked and cooled squash into a mixing bowl and pour in the tomato sauce. Mix together, then add Parmesan cheese.
Spray your casserole dish lightly with cooking spray and then pour the squash mixture into the dish.
Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to rest for at least 15 minutes before serving.
In this time the mixture will cool slightly and absorb some of the liquid in the dish making the squash strands much more moist and flavorful.
This dish is a tasty variation on spaghetti squash with an array of tastes and textures. The mushrooms provide a little extra heartiness to this plant-based dish. It works well as a vegetarian main dish, or a side with something else.
Can you try other veggies? Sure! I think broccoli would work well, I just haven’t tried that variation (yet). Cubed sweet potato has potential as well. Many possibilities with this one!
If you’re trying to increase the veggies in your diet, spaghetti squash casserole is a great solution!
Spaghetti Squash Casserole
- ½ spaghetti squash cooked and cooled
- 1 TB olive oil
- 14 oz can diced tomatoes undrained
- 1 small zucchini chopped
- 4 oz mushrooms chopped
- 1 green onion sliced thin
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- In a small saucepan, heat oil and add mushrooms and zucchini. Cook for 3-5 minutes until mushrooms begin to release their juices. Add onion and cook for one minute, then add the diced tomatoes. Add garlic powder and Italian seasoning and stir.
- Simmer for 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Shred spaghetti squash into a medium bowl, pour in tomato sauce and stir. Add Parmesan cheese and mix to combine.
- Lightly spray a 1½ quart casserole dish with cooking oil. Pour the spaghetti squash mixture into the pan.
- Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes at 350F.
- Remove from oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes before serving.