Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

5 from 14 votes

This Spaghetti Squash Lasagna feeds your craving for lasagna without the pasta - it's a low carb, gluten-free and keto friendly recipe!

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Spaghetti Squash Lasagna is one of my favorite Italian meals ever! Think of the flavor of lasagna in a low-carb, gluten-free, diet-friendly disposable hot bowl of cheesy goodness! There’s not much more to think about. If you haven’t tried spaghetti squash in place of spaghetti yet, this is a great way to start!

Final spaghetti squash lasagna dish up close with bite being taken out

How to make spaghetti squash lasagna

Prepare the spaghetti squash

I start with one or two spaghetti squash. There’s enough sauce to make 4 servings, but you can make half the sauce or freeze the rest if you only want to cook one squash. I remove the seeds using a spoon. I usually just throw them away because I don’t have the patience to clean them out and roast them. But I have roasted them before, and they turn out great!

Collage of two images showing spaghetti squash halved before and after removing seeds

I transfer the spaghetti squash to a rimmed baking dish and fill the dish with enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. Then I season the spaghetti squash with salt and pepper and flip it over. Flipping it over is essential because it allows the water from the pan to steam the squash and cook them perfectly!

Collage of two images showing spaghetti squash halved face up with salt and pepper and then face down on a rimmed baking sheet with water

This is what it looks like after baking in the oven for 45 minutes. This was a medium sized spaghetti squash. The larger ones will take up to an hour in the oven. You’ll know it’s done because it will feel tender when poked.

Collage of two images showing spaghetti squash halved face down after done baking and then face up ready to be teased.

And this is the fun part! Honestly, it never gets old to tease apart the strands of the spaghetti squash. And now my kids join in on the fun too. When you pull it apart, it totally looks like spaghetti pasta. And I can’t get over that excitement hahaha!

Two spaghetti squash halves face up on a baking sheet. Fork teasing one of them to pull apart the strands

Prepare the lasagna sauce

The lasagna part of these spaghetti squash lasagna boats comes in the sauce. It’s basically my classic lasagna sauce from my Homemade Lasagna recipe. We’ll layer it between tender strands of squash and shredded mozzarella cheese.

Collage of large saucepan showing the lasagna sauce getting made for the spaghetti squash lasagna

Assemble the spaghetti squash lasagna

I then maker 2-3 layers of the sauce, spaghetti squash and mozzarella cheese. If I’m in a hurry, I just throw all the sauce on top. Then I top it off with mozzarella cheese, that when broiled becomes melted, bubbly, golden mozzarella cheese.

Collage of two images showing the lasagna sauce stuffed inside spaghetti squash and then the cheese being added

If you’ve never tried spaghetti squash before, I urge you my foodie friends, to buy one this weekend at your grocery store, and try this Spaghetti Squash Lasagna recipe. This is a great way to experiment with spaghetti squash. And before you know it, you’ll be experimenting with so many more pasta alternative recipes that use squash!

Final spaghetti squash lasagna dish up close from overview

Tips for cooking spaghetti squash

  1. Cook it in the microwave instead of the oven. The timing is between 8 and 10 minutes. Once it’s fork tender, transfer to a cooling rack to cool off for a few minutes.

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Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

This Spaghetti Squash Lasagna feeds your craving for lasagna without the pasta – it's a low carb, gluten-free and keto friendly recipe!
5 from 14 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course Main Course
Calories 400
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 11 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 spaghetti squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoon basil
  • 2 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 ounce tomato paste
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Parsley for serving if desired

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  • Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Season with salt and pepper, place cut side down in a baking dish with about 1 inch of water. Bake until fork tender, about 45 minutes.
  • In a large deep saute pan, heat the olive oil. Add the beef and season with salt and pepper. Brown the meat and break it into smaller pieces with your spoon until cooked through.
  • Add onions and garlic; and season with oregano and basil. Saute the vegetables for about 5 minutes until they soften. Then, add crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. Mix to combine, bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.
  • When spaghetti squash is cool to the touch, use a fork to shred the inside of the squash, which will come out in strands that look like spaghetti.
  • To assemble, remove half of the strands from each squash and set aside. Season the squash with salt and pepper, layer some of the lasagna sauce on top of the squash strands.
  • Then add another layer of the strands previously removed, top with more lasagna sauce and finish with about 2 tablespoons of shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Place the stuffed squash back in the baking dish and broil in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve as is in the squash, topped with parsley if desired.

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Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.
Make Ahead: You can make the 3 days ahead of time and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to cook the spaghetti squash, just thaw the sauce and use normally in the recipe.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However, you can use ground turkey or ground chicken if you’d like. You can also make your own marinara sauce or use store-bought sauce.
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate only. It will vary based on the specific ingredients used. Each serving is for ¼ of a spaghetti squash or a half a boat.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 400kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 79mg, Sodium: 366mg, Potassium: 1122mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 880IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 262mg, Iron: 5mg

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  1. This was amazing! I made my own pasta sauce, but in combination with the squash and parsley, it was really tasty. And easy to make! Thanks for the inspiration 🤩

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