Tomato Basil Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Tomato Basil Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Transform the humble spaghetti squash into a culinary masterpiece with this recipe for Tomato Basil Stuffed Spaghetti Squash. This flavorful dish is great to serve on any night of the week (as you can whip it up in no time), yet it also packs a nutritional punch, thanks to the inclusion of canned tomatoes and tomato sauce.

Tomatoes are a rich source of essential nutrients, including vitamins A and C, potassium, and antioxidants like lycopene. Lycopene, in particular, has been linked to numerous health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer. The canned tomatoes and tomato sauce used in this recipe contribute not only to the vibrant color and robust flavor but also to the nutritional value of the dish.

The succulent, roasted spaghetti squash also serves as the perfect canvas for a flavorful filling. So, what are you waiting for? Try out this recipe for Tomato Basil Stuffed Spaghetti Squash for a meal that will treat your taste buds and nourish your body. Learn how to make this recipe here.


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Tomato Basil Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Tomato Basil Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Transform the humble spaghetti squash into a culinary masterpiece with this recipe for Tomato Basil Stuffed Spaghetti Squash.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 Medium Whole Spaghetti Squash
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil, Divided
  • 1/8 Tsp. Kosher Salt
  • Pinch Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • ½ Medium Yellow Onion, Diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • ¼ Tsp. Dried Thyme
  • ½ Tsp. Dried Oregano
  • 1 (14.5 Oz) Can Diced Tomatoes, Preferably Fire-Roasted
  • 1 (8 Oz) Can No-Salt-Added Tomato Sauce
  • 1 (15.5 Oz) Can Cannellini Beans, Drained And Rinsed
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Fresh Basil, For Serving


    1. To prepare the squash, preheat your oven to 375° F. Use a sharp knife to trim the top and bottom of the squash off and slice the squash in half lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds with a spoon.
    2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Brush the inside of the squash with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch each of the salt and pepper. Place the squash, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the squash skin is tender enough to pierce easily with a fork. Allow the squash to cool down enough to handle, and then use a fork to scrape out the flesh into a mixing bowl. Add the garlic powder and more salt and pepper to taste. Return spaghetti squash to hollowed out skin so that the skin becomes a bowl for the filling.
    3. While the squash roasts, make the sauce. Heat the remaining olive oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring often, until the onion is soft and translucent. Add in the garlic and saute for another 2 minutes, adding a splash of water if the onions are sticking. Add the thyme, oregano, the remaining ⅛ teaspoon salt, pepper to taste, tomatoes, tomato sauce and beans to the pot and stir them well. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes, uncovered, or until the sauce has thickened. Taste sauce and adjust seasonings as desired.
    4. Top spaghetti squash with sauce and sprinkle with chopped basil. Enjoy!


  • This tomato and bean sauce is not only delicious with spaghetti squash, it’s also excellent served over a baked potato, rice or pasta.
  • Recipe approved by Ellie Krieger, Culinary Nutritionist (RD) for Tomato

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

2 servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 440Total Fat: 19 gSaturated Fat: 2.5 gSodium: 730mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 15gSugar: 23gProtein: 13g


Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

If you’re on the hunt for a healthy, delicious pasta meal, then look no further than this recipe for Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce. Thanks to it’s easy prep time and simple ingredients, you’ll have a nutritious, affordable dish on the table in under 40 minutes. The best part about this specific dish is that there are a few hidden vegetables, which may help with getting your kids an extra serving or two. There are a variety of nutrients found in this flavorful pasta dish and you are always free to add even more of your favorite vegetable add-ons. 

Thanks to the canned tomato sauce, this pasta is incredibly juicy and scrumptious. Plus it offers some amazing health benefits! Canned tomatoes are full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that provide numerous health benefits, such as reducing the risk of certain diseases, improving skin and hair, and boosting heart health. They are also known for being great sources of vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, and folate, and are easily found at your local grocery store. Not only are they easily accessible, but they are extremely affordable and have a long shelf-life. Additionally, canned tomatoes require less production and transportation to provide consumers because of the canning process, making them sustainable and environmentally-friendly. So, the next time you’re craving pasta, go ahead and whip up this recipe to get a boost of nutrition and flavor! 

Get the full recipe for Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce by visiting our friends at the California Beef Council.

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