Spaghetti Squash Marinara


At this time of year, the farmers’ markets are filled with all different varieties of winter squash. Most of them have a buttery, silky quality, but not spaghetti squash. After you bake it, you take a fork and scrape it out into what looks just like spaghetti. I made this recipe for a bunch of kids and they all yelled "spaghetti!" when they saw it. I was a little nervous they would turn their noses up when they realized it wasn't pasta, but they totally dug it. Their moms were thrilled too because it wasn't a "carb" so we all chowed down together.
Spaghetti squash is an oblong shaped seed bearing squash that can be orange, yellow hued or white, and is rich in folic acid, potassium, vitamin A and beta carotene. It's also low in calories (about 75 for every 8 ounces cooked) so it's a good dish for all those parents watching their wasteline. This is a perfect inexpensive dish that's also great for kids’ school lunches. It's yummy warm or cold, so make plenty!


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Spaghetti Squash Marinara (Makes 4-6 Big Kid Servings)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 45 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 1 Spaghetti squash
  • 1 15 Ounce Can Chunky Tomato Sauce (I use Organic Muir brand)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 1 Carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Basil, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds.
3. Place the squash on a lightly greased baking sheet and cook for 45-50 minutes or until softened.
4. Heat the oil in a saucepan over low to medium heat and saute the onion, garlic and carrot for 2-3 minutes or until onion is translucent.
5. Add the tomatoes and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the basil.
6. Remove the squash from the over and let squash cool for several minutes.
7. Shred the squash with a fork until stringy. Tip: Hold the stem end of the squash with a towel or a glove so you don’t burn your hand while you’re shredding it.
8. Place the spaghetti squash in a bowl and top with the marinara sauce.
9. Serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.