This vegetarian main dish is packed with Italian flavors.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place both whole spaghetti squash in a large stockpot of water. Cover pot, and bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook the squash until it is slightly tender when you press it with your fingers, 20 to 30 minutes. Drain. Using a serrated knife, cut the squash in half crosswise. Stand the halves on end, with cut sides up, and set aside to cool 15 minutes.

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  • Heat oven to 450 degrees. Remove the seeds from the squash halves; discard them. Using a teaspoon, scrape the flesh; it will separate into spaghetti-like strands. Transfer the strands to a large mixing bowl, and transfer the shells to a baking pan; set both aside.

  • Chop 12 of the tomatoes into 1/2-inch pieces, and add to the squash strands. Slice the remaining 4 tomatoes into 1/4-inch-thick rounds, and set aside.

  • Place the garlic, olive oil, basil leaves, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the basil has been very finely chopped, about 2 minutes.

  • Transfer the basil mixture to the mixing bowl with the squash strands and the tomato pieces; toss with vegetables to combine. Divide the mixture among the reserved squash shells, and top each shell with several tomato slices. Sprinkle 1 1/2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese over each shell.

  • Transfer the baking pan to the oven, and bake the stuffed squash until the cheese is golden and a metal skewer inserted down into the stuffing comes out hot when held there for 15 seconds, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly. Garnish with basil sprigs, and serve warm.

Cook's Notes

If you are on a strict low-fat diet, substitute 2 tablespoons water and 1 teaspoon lemon juice for the olive oil in this recipe; this will reduce the fat to 4 grams per serving.

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