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Spaghetti Squash with Caribbean Marinara
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Test Kitchen Approved Recipe

Give spaghetti squash amazing flavor with this easy weeknight meal recipe.

2 to 4 servings

Active Prep: 10 min
Cook: 1 hour


  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. choice of seasoning:
  • Caribbean Curry Powder
  • Gold Coast Tropical Poultry Rub
  • 1 whole onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 (28 oz.) can whole tomatoes, with juices
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • Parmesan or Romano cheese for garnish
  • 1 bunch fresh basil for garnish

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This is a fun recipe to try with different curry-inspired seasonings. It’s delicious with Vindaloo, Southern Spain Pinchito Spice, or Zanzibar Curry Powder. To make it vegan, use a dairy-free butter or replace butter with olive oil.


In a medium saucepan, melt butter with olive oil over medium heat. Add seasoning of choice and cook until slightly fragrant, about 1 min. Add onion and tomatoes. Use a wooden spoon to mash whole tomatoes against the side of the pan to crush slightly. Reduce heat and let sauce simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally and continuing to mash any large pieces of tomato. Remove onions before serving sauce.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place whole squash in oven while oven preheats; this will soften the skin slightly, making it easier to cut half. Once oven is preheated, carefully remove squash. Halve lengthwise and remove seeds. Place the two halves on a baking sheet, cut-side down. Roast for 35 min. then remove squash from oven and let it cool slightly. Use forks to shred each half of the squash flesh into spaghetti-like strands.

Use the roasted squash skins as “bowls” to serve the shredded squash, or transfer to bowls. Top with tomato sauce, grated cheese to taste, and fresh basil sliced into long, thin strips.

Stephanie Bullen, Savory Spice Franchising Team



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