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Spaghetti Squash Macaroni and Cheese


The Hermit makes the best macaroni and cheese sauce I have ever tasted.  I was first introduced to it’s gloriousness when we started dating.  It quickly put the macaroni-and-cheese-made-with-cheese-whiz of my childhood to shame. (Sorry Mom!!)

Over the years I’ve eaten more than my fair share.

As much as I love his version, the older I get, the harder it is to fit into my jeans after eating it.  I paired it with cooked spaghetti squash and the results are amazing.

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I know what you’re thinking. . .

Can it really be that good?  It’s not going to be as good as pasta.  You can’t make me eat vegetables!

I’ll admit, the texture isn’t going to be as good as pasta noodles.  But honestly?  The cheese sauce is so good that you won’t really care.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash can be intimidating to cook.  However, it’s way easier than you think!  Start by poking your spaghetti squash with a fork, creating little holes evenly around the squash.  Aim for 12-20 pokes with the fork, depending on how big your spaghetti squash is.

Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Your goal is to soften the squash, not cook it.

Remove from the microwave and let rest for 5-10 minutes.  Once it’s okay to touch, cut off the ends and split down the middle.  Remove the seeds.

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Put the squash on a baking sheet and drizzle with the oil of your choice.  A sprinkle of salt and pepper is nice, but not necessary.

Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 45-60 minutes, depending on the size of your squash.  You’ll know it’s done when the skin starts to get dark brown or black spots, and the squash easily separates into spaghetti-like strands when scraped with a fork.

That’s it!  You’re now ready to add your sauce.

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Serves Serves 4 as a side dish, 2 as a main.

Spaghetti Squash Macaroni and Cheese

5 minPrep Time

60 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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  • 2 spaghetti squash,
  • 4 cups milk,
  • 2 cups shredded cheese,
  • 1/3 cup butter,
  • 1/4 cup flour,
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cut spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds.
  2. Cook spaghetti squash in a 375 degree oven for 60 minutes, or until tender.
  3. To assemble sauce, melt butter in a sauce pan and mix in flour. Cook for 2-3 minutes and slowly add in milk, whisking constantly. Cook until thickened and add in shredded cheese. Stir until the cheese is fully melted, and add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Pour cheese sauce over the cooked spaghetti squash and serve.


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Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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