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Better Homes and Gardens Vegetarian


4 servings

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Spaghetti Squash Italiano


  • 2 small spaghetti squash, 1.5 lbs. total
  • 1 cup reduced-fat shredded mozzarella, or 4-cheese italian-style cheese
  • 1.5 cups medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • ½ cup scallions, chopped
  • ¼ cup snipped fresh parsley, or basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted (optional) *



Prick whole squash with a sharp knife. Place squash in a microwave-safe baking dish. Microwave-cook, uncovered, on 100% power (high) for 15-20 minutes or til tender. Let stand 5 minutes. Halve squash lengthwise and remove seeds.

(Alternatively, you can halve the squash first, remove the seeds, prick skin all over, and place halves, cut-side-down in a 3-quart baking dish and bake in a 350 degree oven for 60-70 minutes or til tender. This takes 3x as long as microwaving though, so I'm not sure why anybody would do it this way.)

Meanwhile, while squash is baking, in a bowl, combine tomatoes, green onions, nuts, basil or parsley, oil, and garlic.

After squash is done baking, using a fork, separate the squash pulp into strands, leaving strands in shell. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the mozzarella cheese into each shell and toss lightly. Then using the bottom of the fork, press cheese/squash mixture up the sides of the shell.

Spoon 1/4 of the tomato mixture into each shell. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Return to baking dish. Return to oven and bake, uncovered, about 20 minutes or til filling is heated through.

Yields: 4 servings


Another hit from Better Homes and Gardens... These stuffed squash are so flavorful and filling! This will "wow" your guests for sure! Enjoy!

* Nuts increase points by 3 per serving.

Original Source: Better Homes & Gardens Vegetarian (I altered some of the ingredients to fat-free or reduced-fat for a more healthy alternative to this recipe)


Nutritional Info: (per serving, without nuts): 201.5, 10.4 g. fat, 1.65 g. fiber (4.5 points per serving)

With the nuts: (per serving): 301.5 calories, 20.4 g. fat, 1.65g. fiber (7.5 points per serving)


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