Meet squash and cheese:

Squash and cheese is mac and cheese’s slightly lighter, more yellow, and less cuter cousin. I didn’t really think we’d get along, but it turns out we mesh well. As long as no other vegetables spoil the party.

Sure, I may only enjoy squash and cheese’s company because of cheese, but who really cares about that? Details, details. That stuff isn’t important.

I made my cheese sauce with what I had on hand: skim milk and a shredded parmesan + asiago blend. It was divine, but if you have something different – make it your own! There are no rules when it comes to this recipe. Or any of my recipes for a matter of fact. I don’t like directions.


Just make sure you top if off with some fresh basil. And maybe even some tomatoes. I didn’t have any on hand. And the last thing I will ever run out to get is a vegetable. Or a fruit – whatever it is. But it sure tastes like a vegetable.



Squash and Cheese

1 spaghetti squash

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon flour

1 cup skim milk

1/3 cup shredded cheese (I used a parmesan and asiago blend)

pinch of nutmeg

salt & pepper to taste

basil to garnish

Preheat oven to 375.

Slice spaghetti squash in half, and lay face down in a baking dish with a bit of water. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until tender.

While squash is baking, combine butter and flour in a skillet over medium heat. Whisk to make a roux, add milk and nutmeg, and stir in cheese. Turn heat to low and constantly stir until thickened.

Remove seeds from squash (if you didn’t before) and scrape out squash with a fork, making spaghetti strands. Add to a bowl and pour cheese sauce over top, combining. Season with salt and pepper and top with fresh basil.



I must go comfort mac and cheese. I don’t want him feeling too left out.

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89 Responses to “Squash and Cheese.”

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    Tabitha (From Single to Married) — October 5, 2010 @ 4:09 am

    Healthy squash with yummy cheese = perfect combination!

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — October 5, 2010 @ 4:11 am

    This looks like such perfect winter/fall comfort food. Yum!

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    homecookedem — October 5, 2010 @ 4:17 am

    I have always wondered out to turn spaghetti squash into something similar to mac and cheese… this looks great!! :)

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    Abby (Nibble, Nourish, Run) — October 5, 2010 @ 4:34 am

    Oh yummy! I love squash but I think (ok I know) I love cheese more…imagine combining the 2 is quite tasty!

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — October 5, 2010 @ 4:43 am

    After all the food blog reading I’ve been doing… I still have never had spaghetti squash. Its about time I changed that! Thanks for the recipe :)

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    Kristy — October 5, 2010 @ 4:44 am

    Are you trying to turn me on to veggies? Becuase it is happening! And I like it! :-)

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    Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl — October 5, 2010 @ 4:55 am

    Mmmm I may even be able to forget I’m eating vegetables with this recipe. Looks delish! :)

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    MelissaNibbles — October 5, 2010 @ 4:59 am

    I make this all the time. So delicious!

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    Amalia — October 5, 2010 @ 5:24 am

    I need to find spaghetti squash! these looks so yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

    -Amalia

    http://buttersweetmelody.wordpress.com

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    Kim in MD — October 5, 2010 @ 5:24 am

    I love spaghetti squash, and I am always looking for new ways to prepare it. Since it looks and tastes like spaghetti, dousing it in cheese sauce makes perfect sense! You are so creative!

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    Liz @ Bog is the New Black — October 5, 2010 @ 5:29 am

    I love sketti squash. So delish!

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    CaSaundra — October 5, 2010 @ 5:31 am

    What a fabulous idea! I am a huge squash fan, but I’ve never thought of using it as mac and cheese :-)

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    Abby — October 5, 2010 @ 5:31 am

    Could this be my substitution for mac and cheese? You deserve a Nobel Prize if it is. But I still think that my last meal will be mac and cheese…you know, if I ever get the death penalty.

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet — October 5, 2010 @ 5:32 am

    great idea for spaghetti squash- i better go get another one!

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    Matt — October 5, 2010 @ 5:46 am

    Great idea! Mac and cheese is a total comfort food of mine ;)

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    Erica — October 5, 2010 @ 5:47 am

    I was just thinking about spaghetti squash the other day. This recipe once again looks awesome!

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    Holly @ couchpotatoathlete — October 5, 2010 @ 5:55 am

    I have a spaghetti squash to use tomorrow night — maybe I’ll try this recipe — it looks really good! :)

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    Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies — October 5, 2010 @ 6:03 am

    Loveee the idea of using a cheese sauce!

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    Sarah — October 5, 2010 @ 6:24 am

    This looks so good, love your blog! I recently found it and already have several recipes I want to try!

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    • Jessica — October 5th, 2010 @ 6:33 am

      Thanks so much Sarah!

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    Heather — October 5, 2010 @ 6:26 am

    mmmmm…much healthier than mac n cheese? sign me up! i love mac n cheese (obviously) but definitely should leave it alone sometimes. this sounds like the best way to ween myself from it :)

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    Erica — October 5, 2010 @ 6:28 am

    Spaghetti squash…amazing! Love the idea of making it into Mac N Cheese. Because really, who doesn’t like Mac N Cheese? I want to make this with some cheddar

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    Nicole, RD — October 5, 2010 @ 6:41 am

    2 of my favorite foods…yum!

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    Evan Thomas — October 5, 2010 @ 6:50 am

    Now this is something I can get on board with :-)

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    Chicago Cuisine Critique — October 5, 2010 @ 6:55 am

    Love the combo! One of my favorites.

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    barefootgirl27 — October 5, 2010 @ 6:59 am

    genius!

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    RhodeyGirl — October 5, 2010 @ 7:04 am

    I’m confused with all these vegetables… has your blog been taken over?!

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    Jenn L @ peas and crayons — October 5, 2010 @ 7:08 am

    Hey girl hey!! haha JUST found this blog and I think i’m addicted!!! I make spaghetti squash that way too!!!! so super yummy! Can’t wait to read more! =)

    xoxo
    Jenn

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    Natalia - a side of simple — October 5, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    Looks delish!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — October 5, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    Though I can’t see this officially replacing mac ‘n cheese, it seems like a great healthy substitute! will definitely try it!

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    Bee @ beeskneeslife — October 5, 2010 @ 8:16 am

    Yum! I love spaghetti squash. And cheese, natch. What a great idea :)

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    Angela — October 5, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    I love this! I want to try spaghetti squash but the spaghettie and sauce version doesn’t really appeal to me. This one sure does! Must be the cheese. Cheese makes everything better! :)

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    Eileen — October 5, 2010 @ 8:38 am

    I LOVE spaghetti squash- what a great idea here. Low carb too. I’ve made it with Alfredo sauce, which is pretty close. I wonder if this would be good baked a little bit once the sauce is added?

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    • Jessica — October 5th, 2010 @ 8:42 am

      I’m sure it will! I thought about sprinkling it with more cheese and baking it, but at that point I was just way too hungry.

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    TheHealthyApron — October 5, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    oooo another winner!

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    Maria — October 5, 2010 @ 9:15 am

    I love this dish!

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    natalie (the sweets life) — October 5, 2010 @ 9:22 am

    holy yum! we love spaghetti squash (except for the time I was trying to make BUTTERNUT squash pizza and my hubs came home with a spaghetti squash….then I wasn’t feeling the love!). can’t wait to try this!

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — October 5, 2010 @ 9:52 am

    I’ve always wanted to try spaghetti squash. Still don’t believe it can really take the place of pasta, though. The Italian in me doesn’t buy that, lol.

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    • Jessica — October 5th, 2010 @ 10:03 am

      Oh it definitely doesn’t replace pasta for me. And I’m not even Italian!

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    My Carolina Kitchen — October 5, 2010 @ 10:12 am

    I’m always on the lookout for more vegetable recipes. Your photos are spectacular. I love the Parmesan Asiago blend of the cheese in this.
    Sam

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    • Jessica — October 5th, 2010 @ 10:16 am

      Thank you!

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    Kristina @ spabettie — October 5, 2010 @ 10:13 am

    mmm, and you know what would be good with this? bacon. ;)

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    Moni's Meals — October 5, 2010 @ 10:27 am

    great combo! It works for me . ;)

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — October 5, 2010 @ 10:42 am

    this would totally keep even the hugest veggie haters going back for more!

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    Jamie @ Food in Real Life — October 5, 2010 @ 11:03 am

    Looks great!My favorite way to eat spaghetti squash is with parmesan, butter, and black pepper. A cheese sauce is a fab idea. Speaking of basil, have you ever tried spaghetti squash with pesto? I was thinking of trying that.

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    • Jessica — October 5th, 2010 @ 11:08 am

      I haven’t but I need to. I love arugula pesto!

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    Katie — October 5, 2010 @ 11:05 am

    Mmm, I love spaghetti squash – and that cheese addition is genius. Just genius.

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    Kristin — October 5, 2010 @ 11:27 am

    Ok, this looks reeeeaaaaalllly good! I’ll have to make it soon. (Just wish I’d seen this before I went to the store this morning!) ~K

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    Blond Duck — October 5, 2010 @ 11:34 am

    I’ve never tried spaghetti squash!

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    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — October 5, 2010 @ 11:50 am

    Spaghetti squash makes the world go round.

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    Kacy — October 5, 2010 @ 1:09 pm

    Haha, I would probably only like it for the cheese as well. I love squash, but I abhor chopping them up.

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    • Jessica — October 5th, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

      Tell me about it. Holy carpal tunnel.

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    Ellen@FirednFabulous — October 5, 2010 @ 1:21 pm

    Squash and cheese, eh? I trust you on this one, girl! Is it filling enough for a whole meal? Or better as a side?

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    Brittany — October 5, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

    Ohhh YES!!! I am totally down for the squash and cheese!

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    Sharon @ Healthy Jewish Princess — October 5, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

    that looks perfect for this kind of Fall weather! :)

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    megan — October 5, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

    You sure can make a veggie look good! You make it so I cant resist it, now thats real talent! ;)

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