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Pumpkin-Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese Boats

Spaghetti Squash stuffed with a creamy mix of cheeses, pumpkin, pork, and veggies-this dinner is comforting and hearty!

Pumpkin-Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese Boats | Fabtastic Eats I am probably up in the air, soaring through the clouds as you’re reading this. I’m heading back home to Maine with my kids today for the next two weeks and I am truly looking forward to it.  And not just for the lobster rolls! 😉

Pumpkin-Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese Boats | Fabtastic Eats If you had to pick your favorite food in the whole wide world, what would it be? Could you even do it? If you had asked me a couple years ago, I would have been able to give you an answer, but now, there’s just no way.

I can’t narrow down a favorite food when there are just soooo many amazing things in the world to eat! I probably say, pretty darn frequently, omg this is the best thing ever, until the next time anyway, because I just love it all. Plus my mood changes with the season.

Pumpkin-Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese Boats | Fabtastic Eats Like currently, I am obsessed with squash. I’ve had a huge pile of that I plowed through last week. Spaghetti squash has quickly turned into one of my favorites-with a bolognese sauce, it’s just as good as zucchini noodles in the summer.

Pumpkin-Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese Boats | Fabtastic Eats But sometimes it’s fun to shake things up a bit. And that’s what we did today! Spaghetti Squash Mac and cheese, with ground pork, pumpkin, and a whooooole lotta flavor! This is an easy one, and can be pretty quick if you roast your spaghetti squash ahead of time. Plus it’s a great way to sneak some veggies into your kids!

Pumpkin-Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese Boats | Fabtastic Eats

Pumpkin Spaghetti Squash Mac & Cheese Boats

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 4-6

Spaghetti Squash stuffed with a creamy mix of cheeses, pumpkin, pork, and veggies-this dinner is comforting and hearty!


  • 5 pound spaghetti squash
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chopped fresh kale
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk (I used 2%)
  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin
  • 4 ounces gruyere, shredded
  • 6 ounces fontina, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425° Slice spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, scoop out all the seeds. Brush 1 TB olive oil over the flesh, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 40 minutes, or until fork tender
  2. Heat 1TB olive oil over medium heat in a large saute pan, add the shallot and bell pepper. Cook until softened, stirring often, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add in the kale and garlic, toss for a minute until the garlic is fragrant. Stir in the cumin, paprika, cayenne, and a dash each of salt and pepper.
  4. Increase heat to medium-high, spread the veggie mixture to the edges and add the ground pork. Cook until browned tossing with the veggies.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Using the same pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, until it's golden brown and begins to bubble.
  6. Continuing to whisk, add in the milk and the pumpkin. When the milk begins to steam, stir in 3/4 of the cheeses and all the spices, stirring until creamy.
  7. Reduce the heat to low and add back in the pork mixture.
  8. Using a fork, shred your cooked spaghetti squash into strands, and transfer it all to a large bowl.
  9. Preheat oven to 350°.
  10. Pour the cheese mixture over the spaghetti squash, and using tongs, toss to combined. Transfer the mix back into the squash skins, dividing it between the two halves. Top with remaining cheese, and pop in the oven on the baking sheet for about 30 minutes, until the cheese is golden brown and bubbling. Enjoy!

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  • Reply Rachel Cooks

    This looks amaaaazing.

    November 3, 2014 at 3:35 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Thanks girl xo

      November 5, 2014 at 9:04 am
  • Reply mimi

    I don’t really love mac and cheese, but when I saw the photo I swooned! This is so much better with the squash and other goodies. Fabulous!!!

    November 3, 2014 at 4:51 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      It is! & it’s not like other mac and cheeses, because the spaghetti squash keeps a little liquid in it. Thanks so much!

      November 5, 2014 at 9:05 am
  • Reply amanda @ fake ginger

    Squash is definitely my favorite food right now, too. I went through an entire butternut today! So good. Totally making this. It looks amazing!

    November 3, 2014 at 8:52 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      the best!! Thank you so much!

      November 5, 2014 at 9:05 am
  • Reply Annette

    I’ve never eaten spaghetti squash before but, I’m definitely going to try this recipe!

    November 3, 2014 at 8:56 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      oh you have to try it! youll love it! thank you!

      November 5, 2014 at 9:06 am
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  • Reply Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    I’m also in the squash phase at the moment, and I don’t see it slowing down any time soon! THIS squash = the perfect balance of healthy, cheese and indulgent. 🙂 Have so much fun back home girly!

    November 4, 2014 at 2:53 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      yes, and its all about balance! 😉 Thank you so much lady!

      November 5, 2014 at 9:06 am
  • Reply Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

    Can you believe I have never made spaghetti squash?! I’m so out of the loop and I know I would love it. This looks so yummy! Hope you have a great trip!

    November 5, 2014 at 10:40 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      ooh do it soon! this was my first year and now its a staple every week! youll love it!

      November 12, 2014 at 7:34 pm
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  • Reply Thalia @ butter and brioche

    What an awesome and delicious idea to present mac and cheese in spaghetti squash boats! This is totally something I need to try. Thanks for the idea and recipe!

    December 9, 2014 at 4:40 am
    • Reply Alaina

      thanks, it’s a nice change up! I hope you enjoy!

      December 10, 2014 at 8:24 pm
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  • Reply Bonnie Sanders

    Love this! My hubby who doesn’t normally get to excited when I’m making spaghetti squash said “This is the best dish I’ve ever ate with Spaghetti squash!” Thanks!!

    October 14, 2015 at 1:22 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      hahah I am so so glad that you guys liked and we could convert your husband! thank you!

      October 14, 2015 at 7:29 pm

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