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Baked Spaghetti Squash Recipe

    Ingredients:

    • 1 medium-sized spaghetti squash
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 cup marinara sauce
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • Fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional)

    Instructions:

    Preheat the Oven:

    Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

    Prepare the Spaghetti Squash:

    Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise.

    Scoop out the seeds and pulp from the center using a spoon.

    Season the Squash:

    Drizzle each half with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, spreading it evenly over the cut surface.

    Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    Bake the Squash:

    Place the squash halves, cut side down, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

    Bake in the preheated oven for about 40-45 minutes or until the squash is tender and easily pierced with a fork.

    Scrape the Squash Strands:

    Allow the squash to cool slightly, then use a fork to scrape the flesh of the squash into spaghetti-like strands.

    Assemble the Dish:

    In a baking dish, layer the spaghetti squash strands.

    Pour the marinara sauce evenly over the squash.

    Cheese Topping:

    Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese over the squash and sauce.

    Sprinkle dried oregano on top for added flavor.

    Bake Again:

    Return the baking dish to the oven and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the edges are golden brown.

    Serve:

    Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.

    Garnish with fresh basil leaves if desired.

    Enjoy:

    Serve your baked spaghetti squash hot as a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional pasta dishes.

    Feel free to customize the recipe by adding cooked ground meat, sautéed vegetables, or any other toppings of your choice. Enjoy your Baked Spaghetti Squash!

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