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White Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Occasionally when I’m testing and retesting and reretesting and rereretesting (you get the drift) a recipe, well, even if it’s great, we’ll get really sick of it. I mean, night after night of the same thing? Not necessarily fun. This is not one of those recipes.

White Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash | Kitchen Treaty

White Pizza Spaghetti Squash. It took a few tries to get it just right. A few delicious, delicious, happy tries.

I swear, very time I eat spaghetti squash, I love it more. I want to do all kinds of things to it. All kinds of things. Preparation-wise, people! Man, did things just get weird or what?

I tried coming up with a few other stuffed spaghetti squash recipes this fall, and I have to admit they were pretty much flops. Macaroni and cheese stuffed spaghetti squash, anyone? Yeah, you don’t want that. It was just strange – at least, the way I dreamed it should maybe be.

This one though, this one was a win from the get go. I just needed to tweak it to make it just right. More fresh basil? Yes. Bread crumb topping? Yes yes. Just as good with part-skim ricotta? Yep. A little less mozzarella? Actually yes.

White Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash. Even over and over, a definite yes.

White Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash | Kitchen Treaty

What makes it really work is the ricotta filling stuffed in the bottom there. You know, the cheesy, garlicky, basily ricotta? Right there at the bottom? Yeah, you can’t really see it, I guess. But dig in, friends. You’ll see it then, and you’ll taste it, and you’ll be so happy it’s there.

First, you bake your squash in the oven. Then you scrape the gorgeous spaghetti-like strands out, leaving only the shells behind. And then you fill each shell with a little ricotta filling.

White Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash | Kitchen Treaty

Next, pile that spaghetti squash back in there. Then sprinkle on a little more mozzarella, and some bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese, and a little drizzle of olive oil.

White Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash | Kitchen Treaty

Bake until it gets all melty and golden, and life is good.

White Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash | Kitchen Treaty

Less calories than white pizza, but all the flavor. And with no crust, you’re looking at considerably less carbs, too. Though I’ve gotta say I think these are pretty dynamite with pizza-dough breadsticks served alongside, so, there goes that.

These bad boys will be my veggie main dish of choice for Thanksgiving. They’ll make the meat-eaters happy as a side dish, meanwhile, I’ll hug mine close, thinking quietly, “Suckers! You go ahead and fill up on turkey. I know where it’s really at.”

Not really.

Okay, maybe a little.

Print Recipe

White Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

The flavors of white pizza - garlic, basil, ricotta, and mozzarella - elevate spaghetti squash to new heights. The presentation is super-cool, too - baked right in their own spaghetti squash shells. And it's easy to make, too!

Yield: 4 squash halves

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 small spaghetti squashes, about 1 1/2 pounds each
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Filling:

  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese (whole milk ricotta works too)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided (about 8 ounces)
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Breadcrumb topping

  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. With a sharp, heavy chef's knife, carefully cut off just the very ends of the spaghetti squashes (so that they'll sit upright when filled). Cut spaghetti squash in half width wise, and scoop out seeds with a spoon. Discard seeds. Brush a little olive oil on the inside of each half and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Place cut-side down on a baking sheet and bake for about 40 minutes, until tender enough to pierce easily with a fork.
  4. Meanwhile, make the filling. In a medium bowl, stir together the ricotta cheese, 1 cup of the shredded mozzarella, garlic, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  5. Remove spaghetti squashes from the oven and, once cool enough to handle, use a fork to scrape the spaghetti-like strands of squash into a bowl. Return shells to baking sheet, this time upright.
  6. Gently toss squash with a little drizzle of olive oil, a pinch of kosher salt, and a few turns of freshly ground black pepper.
  7. Divide ricotta mixture between each squash - about 1/2 cup of cheese filling per squash. Pile each squash "cup" with the spaghetti squash, dividing evenly. Top each with the remaining shredded mozzarella cheese, about 1/4 cup per squash half.
  8. In a small bowl, stir together the bread crumbs and Parmesan. Sprinkle over the top of each. Drizzle with olive oil.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes, until crumbs are golden brown and cheese is bubbly.
  10. Top with basil leaves for garnish if desired and serve.

Make-ahead tips: these can be prepared and refrigerated up to the point of assembly (store empty squash cups, ricotta, and spaghetti squash strands in fridge). Then assemble and bake as directed. You can also assemble the cups and refrigerate them for up to 24 hours before baking - remove from refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking to allow them to return to room temperature for more even baking. I've also reheated baked cups both in the oven and in the microwave and they're still terrific.

 

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7 Responses to “White Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash”

  1. Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate posted on November 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

    What a devious looking recipe, looks like all of the testing paid off!

    • Karen Troughton replied on November 14th, 2013 on 6:21 am

      Thanks so much, Mallory! Yes, recipe testing is SUCH hard work … especially when chocolate (or cheese!) are involved. Ha! ;)

  2. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies posted on November 14, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    WHOOOAAAA. I have tried lots of things with spaghetti squash, but nothing like this before. Mind. Is. Blown.

  3. Tara posted on December 10, 2013 at 6:33 am

    This looks amazing! I discovered spaghetti squash last fall. We have such weird and wonderful vegetables living on this planet:)

  4. Harriet B. posted on January 5, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Just made this with half a large spaghetti half I’d already roasted for another dish (halved the recipe). I put it in small ceramic dishes and skipped the breadcrumb topping – really good!!!

    • Karen Troughton replied on January 7th, 2014 on 4:48 am

      Hi Harriet, so glad you liked it! This is one of the recipes I’m most proud of in 2013, so I love hearing that someone else liked it, too. :)

      • Harriet B. replied on January 7th, 2014 on 6:57 am

        Oh! And in case anyone else does it this way – I put the squash in the dishes first and then topped with the cheese mixture, and baked until golden & bubbly!

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