If you missed that sweet post on How to Make THE Best Spaghetti Squash, go ahead and hit that up. It’ll get you started on your spaghetti squash journeys, and has a dozen more vegan spaghetti squash recipes. If you’re already in the know, keep on scrolling so you can see exactly how to put together this delicious, healthy, plant-based Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole. It’s not difficult, and outside of the baking time, prep is pretty quick and easy. You can always bust out a few vinyasas while you wait 😉
Let’s Get This Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole Show on the Road
First thing’s first- prep and cook the spaghetti squash. That’s all covered in the Spaghetti Squash post mentioned above, but the short and sweet of it is to cut the squash into 2″ rounds and cook for 40-60 minutes at 400*. Start checking on it around 40 minutes but since ovens vary, and water content of the squash vary, it’s difficult to pin point the cooking time. While that’s going down, get started on some of the casserole fillings.
Sauté the garlic, onions, leeks, and broccoli in some vegetable broth (yup, this bad boy is oil-free too!). Set that aside and get going on your cheesy sauce. We do that by combining some plant-based milk (NOTHING vanilla flavored lest it ruin the whole thing), nutritional yeast, Italian seasoning, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, and some salt & pepper. Be sure to do this on low heat and stirring constantly. Don’t worry, it won’t take long.
Next we ‘spaghettify’ the squash once it’s done. If it’s fresh out of the oven protect your hands. Don’t be a dope. Fork out several cups worth, and you’ll likely have some left over to boot if you got yourself a biggun’. That’s cool though, check out some of those other recipes, or another one of my tasty spaghetti squash recipes. This one has a little asian flavor to it but is made with SunButter. That stuff is soooo good… I digress.
The Final Act
Mix everything together with about 4 cups or so of spaghetti squash. Top with some more cheeses, some fresh basil, and pop that bad boy in the oven for about 20-25 minutes. The last 5 minutes are the kicker though- this is what gives it that appealing toasted cheese look and flavor. Crank the oven up to broil, move the dish to the top rack, and open the oven door ever so slightly. This will allow some extra heat to escape and decrease the risk of burning the top of your dinner, but will also allow you to keep a very close eye on it (which I highly recommend you do).
Bam. We’re done. Serve that deliciousness with some fresh greens and veggies, and a delicious bowl of fruit. Or not. That’s more room for dessert, I’d say.
Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole