Spaghetti Squash with Meat-Free Bolognese Sauce
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Serves: 4
  • Two 1½ to 1¾ pound spaghetti squash
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 3 packed cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • One 11-ounce package, meat-free crumbles (I used Beyond Beef)
  • ½ packed cup basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup pasta sauce
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Carefully trim off the squash stems. Cut squash in half lengthwise, and use a spoon to remove the seeds. Brush the insides of the hollowed out squash with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place, hollowed side down, on the prepared baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake until tender, 35 to 40 minutes.
  3. While the squash is in the oven, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until golden and fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  4. Raise the heat to medium. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach and meat-free crumbles and cook, stirring frequently, until the meat is thawed and warmed through and the spinach is wilted, 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the basil leaves and pasta sauce and heat until warmed through, 1 minute.
  6. Remove the cooked squash from the oven and allow to cool about 10 minutes. Use a fork to shred the cooked squash into spaghetti-like strands. Top each bowl evenly with the meat-free mixture and the cheese. Melt the cheese by heating in the microwave for 35 to 40 seconds or pop the squash back in the oven for a few minutes.
To soften the squash first, poke a few holes into the squash, place on a microwave-safe plate, and heat in the microwave about 3 minutes.

The recipe yields 2¾ cups mixture, which gets divided among the four squash halves.
Recipe by Lizs Healthy Table at