Your family won’t miss the pasta once they taste the first bite of these savory, spicy, delicious spaghetti squash boats with Italian meat sauce & cheese.
My family absolutely loves these spaghetti squash boats with Italian meat sauce & cheese. We are trying to cut down on carbs, especially bread and pasta. These spaghetti squash boats are so hearty, yummy and full of rich flavor that no one gives a second thought to pasta.
There are so many ways you can vary this recipe. If you want a cheesier dish, just stir in some ricotta or cottage cheese into the meat. For a spicier sauce, brown a link of hot Italian sausage with the beef. Add other ingredients such as fresh basil, sautéed mushrooms~any tweak that makes it more to your tastes.
Meat sauce: For this recipe, I made an easy meat sauce. If you want a bigger, badder meat sauce for these boats, you can try Family Savvy Spaghetti Sauce. It takes more ingredients and longer to cook, but it is totally worth it.
Cheese: I think that shredded low-moisture mozzarella is the best for this recipe. I used mozzarella pearls on a few of the boats and didn’t like it nearly as well. Fontina cheese could also make a good topping along with mozzarella. But most importantly, the freshest parmesan is key to making these truly Italian and over the top delicious. I know it goes without saying, but just in case #parmesaninacanisntreal #justsaynotothegreencanLOL
Spaghetti Squash: Brushing or spraying EVOO inside the squash before baking makes it so much more flavorful. I also sprinkle garlic salt on them before baking as well. Remove as much moisture from the baked squash as possible by squeezing it with a paper towel or by allowing it to drain in a colander for several hours in the fridge.
Make ahead: Meat sauce can be made a day or two ahead and kept in the fridge. Spaghetti squash can be made early in the day. Keep shells in the fridge and spaghetti squash in the fridge on a paper towel. When ready to bake, stuff shells, top with cheese, and bake.
Here is the recipe for the spaghetti squash boats with Italian meat sauce and cheese. If you make these or have your own version to share, please leave comments. As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!