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Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Tomatoes and Basil

Serves 4

Lighten up your regular pasta meal by using spaghetti squash instead! Roasting brings out the flavor of the tomato topping.


  • 3 pounds plum or Roma tomatoes (about 24), halved
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons thyme, chopped
  • 12 leaves basil, torn
  • Grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese for topping


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Halve both the squash and place the pieces cut side down on baking sheets. Roast for 1 hour, or until tender.
  3. While the squash are roasting, place the tomatoes on a baking sheet and scatter garlic over the tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat; season with salt, pepper and thyme. Halfway through the squash cooking time, place the tomatoes in the oven and roast until brown at the edges and slumped, 30-40 minutes.
  4. Remove the squash from the oven, turn cut side up and shred the squash into spaghetti-like strands with a fork; season with salt and pepper.
  5. Slide the tomatoes and all the liquids into a bowl. Add the basil and mash with the garlic. Divide among the squash and top with cheese. Serve half a squash per person.