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Spaghetti Squash & Zucchini Casserole

What you need: 

1 spaghetti squash (I used 1/2 a 3 1/3 pound squash), halved lengthwise
1 medium zucchini, grated
1 cup tomato sauce or 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste + 2 ounces water
serrano chili sauce, to taste, optional
1 teaspoon dried or finely cut fresh basil
1 teaspoon dried crushed oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 cloves, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper and salt
nutritional yeast, to taste

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Carefully scrape out seeds of spaghetti squash, but do not cut into the body of the squash. Place 1/2 the squash cut side down in a pot with 2" water; cover and boil for 20 minutes.
2. For microwave, place 1/2 squash in a dish with 1/4 cup water, cover with plastic wrap and cook at high for 7 minutes.
3. Squash is 1/2 cooked. With fork, scrape out squash to produce spaghetti-like strands. A thin, hard shell will be left. Place shells in casserole dish. In a large bowl, add spaghetti squash, tomato sauce, zucchini, hot sauce, and spices.
4. Mix well and spoon into squash shell, top with nutritional yeast, a little more garlic powder, and bake for 20 minutes, or until done.
I served it with brown rice and fresh French Bread. It would be an ideal filling for a pita pocket or tortilla.
What to do with the other half of the squash? Stick it in the refrigerator for a few days, then prepare it as shown above, except microwave for 10 minutes or boil for 30, and then scrape it out and serve topped with your favorite spaghetti sauce.

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6

SO HOW'D IT GO?

This was an excellent recipe! Even my omni-children (especially my pasta loving son) enjoyed everything about this. We had no leftovers (bummer). I've made this twice already and it never fails to be a favorite in the newly vegan household. I'll definitely be making this a staple in the dinner menu quite often. I've even used the sauce for other pastas and various dishes. Thank you for this!

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This was surprisingly good!
My last attempt at spaghetti squash wasn't too hot - so I knew I was going to have to add a whole bunch of spices to make it flavorful enough for us.
I used the whole squash, added roasted red peppers, red pepper flakes, tons of mexican oregano and sweet basil and used a jar of pasta sauce.  I poured a little of my leftover nutritional yeast sauce over the top, which gave it a nice casserole look - I tried to take a picture, but it didn't come out very good - it actually made it look quite gross.
My only problem with it was that it was very watery.  I've been trying to think of ways of avoid that - maybe rice at the bottom?  Or I could just drain it.....whatever, it was good.

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This was pretty good overall. It took a lot longer than it said (but I doubled the recipe). It was worth the effort, however. I dug it, and I don't usually like squash. Two thumbs up  :D

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). My parents loved the flavor, and found the texture to be a bit of a surprise since they were thinking 'pasta' more than 'squash' when they heard what it was, but they enjoyed it.

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