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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    Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather — October 5, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

    I’ve never made cheesy spaghetti squash, just with tomato sauce. I love this idea… Maybe it will get my husband to eat it.

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    Talia @ Texas Gunslinger — October 5, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

    OH MY GOSH, I LOVE spaghetti squash so much! I used to make that ALL the time when doing low-carb (although I bribed Hubby to cut it for me!) Gosh, I forgot all about my yellow friend. I need to go grab a SS stat! Dear Jesus, Joseph and Mary, this looks so so so good! Another “must have once comp is over dish”. Gosh, your blog really puts one over on my taste buds! Mad cravings here now HAHA! ;)

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    WenDee Riffe — October 5, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

    our family loves spaghetti squash!!! i am gonna try this over the weekend!!! sounds awesome and good for me!!!!

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    Annie — October 5, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

    I just saw your pear bruschetta featured on Tasty Kitchen! Congrats! :)

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    • Jessica — October 5th, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

      Aw, thanks!

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    Lauren — October 5, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

    This sounds incredible. I love spaghetti squash and what a fantastic way to eat it!

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    the country cook @ Delightful Country Cookin — October 5, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

    I love spaghetti squash and actually cook it in the microwave! You poke some holes in it with a fork and stick it in for 20 minutes, turning a quarter turn every five minutes. It’s done once it gives when you squeeze it (just like a potato). I can’t wait to turn mine into mac and cheese…great idea! – http://www.delightfulcountrycookin.com

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    Barbara Bakes — October 5, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

    Fabulous idea! I planted spaghetti squash and my family has gotten sort of bored with it. I’ll have to give it a try. What’s not to love about “mac” and cheese.

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    Casey — October 5, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

    I am digging the renditions of spaghetti squash on all the blogs lately. I love it!

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    Leah @ Why Deprive? — October 5, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

    I love spaghetti squash with cheese – its probably my favorite way to eat it. Sometimes, when I feel like actually spending the time, I like to bake it with even more cheese on top. Of course, Im not really the best example when it comes to cheese consumption. I will put it on anything.

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    Liz — October 5, 2010 @ 8:25 pm

    I’ve seen several spaghetti squash recipes lately but have been hesitant to try it. Somehow knowing that you, a self-professed veggie hater, enjoyed it makes it seem less scary now :) Thanks for the recipe!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — October 5, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

    Wow girl, you and vegetables are slowly becoming friends!! :-) Hehe!

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    Grace — October 5, 2010 @ 9:59 pm

    I’m kind’ve digging this!!

    Love Grace.

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    janetha g. @ meals & moves — October 6, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

    i think i could make marshall eat squash with this recipe.

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    Nicole — October 6, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

    Ok, so after reading your blog and always saying oooh that looks good I should make that, I can say, tonight I actually made this!

    My spaghetti squash took FOREVER to cook. After baking it in the oven for 30 minutes and it still being super crunchy, I scraped the squash out and put it in a bowl and microwaved it. Several rounds of that, still crunchy. So I took the suggestion of someone above and put it in a baking dish and sprinkled it with cheese and baked it. It softened up a bit but was crunchier than I thought it would be. The cheese sauce though was delicious!

    But I’m wondering, is spaghetti squash always suppose to be so crunchy or did I do something wrong?

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    • Jessica — October 6th, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

      Cook times definitely vary based on the size of the squash! And yes – my squash always has a bit of a “crunch” to it, albeit a slight one. It is not quite as soft as pasta!

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    Heidi — October 7, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

    I don’t know why I bought a spaghetti squash at the farmers market because I hate them. Pretending to be pasta all covered in marinara. Yuck! Correction: I used to hate spaghetti squash. I’m loving this recipe for lunch right now. I used a locally made cheese in it too, and I used more sauce for my portion. Hehe.. Yummy! Thanks for a yummy recipe! :)

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — October 7, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

    That looks so good! I love spaghetti squash, but I haven’t made anything with it lately. This was the reminder I needed :)

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    christyn @ All Ways Nutritious — October 8, 2010 @ 8:03 am

    Delicious. I have never tried spaghetti squash and yours looked so tasty so i made it and LOVED it. thank you. you have so many great recipes!!

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    • Jessica — October 8th, 2010 @ 8:07 am

      Thank you! I am so glad you enjoyed it.

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    Crystal — October 11, 2010 @ 9:20 am

    Yum, yum, yum!

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    Ingrid — October 12, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

    Love spaghetti squash!

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    ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska — October 17, 2010 @ 4:52 pm

    What a great idea! I’ve been plotting how exactly how to get my husband to eat spaghetti squash with me (and without sugar and butter) and this looks amazing! Yum yum!

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    Angel — November 8, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

    Ok, I think I’ve failed at this recipe..but not sure. Is the texture of the squash supposed to be just like pasta, or should it still have a bit of crunch? I baked for 40 minutes and my squash wasn’t as tender as I’d expected.

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    • Jessica — November 9th, 2010 @ 5:18 am

      No – the texture isn’t quite like pasta. It still has some “veggie-like” crunch to it. If you can easily get it out with a fork, you baked it long enough.

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    Tichina — June 7, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    4. That is how many times I have made this recipe in the past 2 and a half weeks haha… is that even normal? So easy and tasty; great job, and thanks for sharing :)

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    tenis poznań — October 6, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    so many informations, how to use this things

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    lol — November 18, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    im trying this for a church event this is my first time trying it wish me luck btw looks sooooo good

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    lol — November 18, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    this came out great LOVED it but my cheese came out more white than yellow. i used it for a church event and everyone loved it!

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    Jen — March 26, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

    I’m just discovering spaghetti squash, I’ll definitely be trying this one!

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