Pizza Spaghetti Squash is the perfect recipe to use for the introduction to enjoying this healthy fall Squash. It combines everything we love about pizza and uses the vessel of spaghetti squash instead of pizza crust. My toddlers LOVE this! Pro Tip: If your kids are weirded out by it baking in the skin of the squash after the squash is baked simply use a casserole dish as the vessel instead!
- Spaghetti Squash
- Italian Sausage
- Pizza Sauce
- Oil, Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder
- Parmesan and Parsley
- Optional: Pizza toppings (mushrooms, olives, onions etc)
Homemade Italian Sausage
For 1 Pound of Ground Pork:
- 2 Tablespoons Paprika
- ½ Teaspoon Onion Flakes
- ½ Teaspoon Thyme
- ½ Teaspoon Oregano
- ½ Teaspoon Basil
- ½ Teaspoon Rosemary
- ½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Parsley
- ¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Salt (Add more after cooking if you think it needs more)
- ¼ Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (Optional)
How to Cut a Spaghetti Squash
- Cut the Top Off
- Place the Side down on the cutting board and put the squash in half, lengthwise.
- Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and strands.
How to Make Pizza Spaghetti Squash
- Bake Spaghetti Squash
- Shred Spaghetti Squash
- Add Pizza Sauce
- Add Browned Italian Sausage
- Add Cheese
Frequently Asked Questions
when baked at 450F it will take 30-40 minutes. Time will vary because no two squashes are the same size. Check after 30 minutes to see if you can easy shred it with a fork, If you can - its done!
The Fork should easily be able to break the squash apart into el dente strands
Mushrooms, Onions, Peppers, Olives, Pineapple, Bacon, Shrimp... if you would eat it on a pizza - try adding it to your squash!
What Can I serve with Spaghetti Squash?
- Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread
- Apple Walnut Spinach Salad
- Beet and Berry Summer Salad with Feta Cheese
- Balsamic Strawberry Spinach Salad
Pizza Spaghetti Squash
- 2 Spaghetti Squash Halved and Seeded
- 4 Tablespoons Canola Oil
- 2 Teaspoons Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 Pound Italian Sausage Casing Removed
- 1 Cup Pizza Mozzarella Shredded
- 4 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
- 2 Teaspoons Dried Parsely
- Preheat oven to 425°F
- Line a large Baking Sheet with Parchment Paper
- Cut the top off the squashes and then place the cut side down on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut the squash in half, length-wise. Then use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and strings inside - just like you would do to a pumpkin.
- Brush the oil on the cut side of the squash and then season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
- Place the squash cut side DOWN on the baking sheet. use a fork to poke holes in the skin. Bake for 30-40 minutes (Cook time varies based on the size of the squash. You will know it's done when by flipping the squash over and running your fork down the inside of it. The fork should easily break up the squash into spaghetti-like strands that have a firm texture. I find it's best to first check at 30 minutes so that you don't overcook them. On average 35 minutes is sufficient time.
While your Squash is Baking Prepare your Toppings
- If you bought Italian sausage, remove it from the casings by squeezing the meat out. If you have ground sausage that you want to season like Italian sausage see the recipe in the above post for seasonings ratios.Brown the Meat and break into small pieces
- Shred the Cheese. You can also add ANY pizza toppings you like to this. Mushrooms, Peppers, Olives, Onions etc. Make this your own!
- Once the squash is cooked, remove it from the oven and use a fork to shred it. I like to make sure it's all removed from the skin of the squash to make for an easier eating experience. Once it's ready - taste it! See if it could have a but more salt and pepper - season to taste.
- Add pizza sauce to each squash with a spoon.
- Top with meat and any other toppings you wish to add.
- Top with Shredded Mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and dried parsley.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 400°F. Then switch your oven to broil and get the cheese beautifully brown and bubbling.
- Serve and Enjoy!