Wednesday, February 1, 2012

BBQ Bacon Spaghetti Squash with Caramelized Onions

I started cooking the spaghetti squash without even knowing what was the plan was for it.  I was thinking about mixing it with spaghetti sauce, meat and cheese for a spaghetti like meal.  We've eaten that before and it's quite good.

However, I was in the mood for something different. 

I've been using spaghetti squash for a lot of different things lately.  So I pulled out all the sauces in my refrigerator and thought about what I wanted to use with the squash. 

When I found the BBQ sauce and the onions on the counter, I thought of pizza. My favorite pizza. BBQ chicken pizza. 

I hadn't pulled out any chicken yet but had bacon in the refrigerator.  So before I knew it, I was caramelizing onions, crumbling bacon, shredding cheese and whipping up dinner.

This exceeded my expectations.  I will go on record saying that this is probably my FAVORITE meal.  Needless to say I ate way too much of it. Plus I made another batch the week later. I ate too much of that also.

Next time you have a spaghetti squash sitting around, I really, really suggest this meal. You won't be sorry.  

Barbecue Bacon Spaghetti Squash with Onions Recipe

1 large spaghetti squash
2 tsp. Barbeque seasoning
1/2 cup barbeque sauce
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 pack of bacon, cooked and crumbled
5 - 6 small red onions, halved and sliced
4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded

Halve the spaghetti squash and place on a large plate upside down, place a splash of water on the plate.  Microwave for 8 -12 minutes until soft.  My microwave is super small so I just did half of the squash at a time.  You can also place the squash halves upside down on a baking pan and bake them in the oven at 375 for about 40 minutes or until soft.  Let the squash cool a bit and scrape the flesh out with a fork.

Cook onions with about a tablespoon of bacon grease in a large pan on medium.  Cook for about 25 - 30 minutes until soft and caramelized, not burnt, stirring occasionally.  

Place squash in a 9 x 13 in. pan. Stir in the 2 teaspoons of barbeque seasoning.  If you don't have BBQ seasoning, some salt, pepper and Lawry's would work too. 

Press the squash into the bottom of the pan lightly. 

Mix the cream cheese and the BBQ sauce together. You may need to microwave the cream cheese for a few seconds to soften more.  Spread the BBQ mixture over the squash.  It's okay if the cream cheese still has some chunks that didn't mix in. 

Sprinkle bacon over the BBQ sauce.  Pour the caramelized onions over the bacon. Sprinkle with cheese.  Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes until cheese is melted.

Total calories = 2172 calories
8 servings = 272 calories per serving

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  1. This sounds delicious. It really does look like a shredded chicken bbq pizza:)

  2. I have to admit, I am not a huge fan of spaghetti squash, although I will eat it time to time. But THIS version sounds like something i would love! Can't wait to try it!

  3. You are a genius! I would have never thought to do this with spag squash. It looks marvelous. I will definitely add this to my 'to try' list. MMMMM! I'm so happy I have subscribed to your blog this week!

  4. oh my goodness that looks delicious!! I am salivating! lol :)

  5. Oh snap! The last spaghetti squash recipe I tried from you was the best ever so if this is the best MEAL ever, I believe you and have to try it! Looks amazing.

  6. This looks so delicious. What a great addition to any meal. Come visit us. We have a terrific molten cocoa cake recipe and a fat free sweet potato souffle to share.

  7. This looks and sounds delicious! Can't wait to make this. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. ok so I had some leftover spaghetti squash- I took some BBQ sauce, & a sprinkle of pepper jack cheese & mixed it all up, placed it in the oven. WOW! seriously good combo! I wished I had taken the time to make the onions, but I was HUNGRY! lol