Take a bite of this all-paleo baked spaghetti squash dish and it’s hard to believe you’re not eating real pasta with mozzarella cheese – yes, it’s that good!
Being Italian, I know my pasta. For an all-paleo version with no wheat or dairy, this one comes amazingly close to the classic baked spaghetti dish I loved growing up.
This paleo recipe has it all – the melted cheese (actually made from cashews), the rich marinara meat sauce (the real deal that’s already paleo!) and the pasta (steaming spaghetti squash noodles, compliments of Mother Nature.)
And besides all those great flavors and textures, this dish is surprisingly easy to make! Roasting the spaghetti squash makes the “paleo pasta” for you in about 40 minutes…scrape it out with a fork, and the noodles are done.
And while the squash is in the oven you can get the marinara sauce simmering on the stove. The nut cheese is easily whipped up in a blender using a few seasonings and cashew halves you’ve pre-soaked in water.
I used this same cashew-based nut cheese in what turned out to be one of my most popular Paleo Newbie recipes so far – the Awesome Paleo Lasagna. This baked spaghetti dish has many of those same great flavors, but I think you’ll find this one a lot easier to make.
And you know, this dish would be even simpler if you could just pull a bag of my Paleo Marinara Meat Sauce out of your freezer. That’s what I did this time – I had made a double batch of the sauce awhile back, and froze half. So while I was roasting the squash, I simply reheated the marinara sauce and whipped up the cashew cheese. Then I layered everything in a dish, baked it in the oven for 15 minutes, and boom! Dinner was done.
Wondering if this dish is good? Well let me tell you, so was my hubs. He’s always a bit skeptical when he sees me in the kitchen recreating Italian dishes paleo style. He won’t admit it, but I can tell when he thinks one of my recipes needs more work. He’ll just smile and say, “Hmmm…that’s interesting.” Ha! That’s a code phrase for “try again.”
Well when he tasted this dish for the first time he was amazed – or maybe shocked is a better word – at how close this baked paleo spaghetti tasted to the real thing.
So I’m hoping this dish will join the lasagna as another Italian-dish-made-paleo winning recipe you’re going to love too.
Of course, you all are my experts…so you get to decide.
Try this baked paleo spaghetti squash recipe and let me know what you think!