9 Tasty Spaghetti Squash Recipes

posted on March 21, 2014 at 3:34 am

Spaghetti squash is an ingredient you may have heard of recently. This versatile vegetable is a winter squash that has flesh fall away in ribbons when cooked. One popular preparation is to use it as a low carb substitute for pasta. Check out 9 Tasty Spaghetti Squash Recipes.

1. Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese

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5 1/2 cups cooked spaghetti squash (from about 2 small)
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup minced onion
1/4 cup flour (use 2 tbsp corn starch for gf)
2 cups skim milk
1 cup fat free chicken broth (vegetable broth for vegetarian)
8 oz Sargento 2% reduced fat mild cheddar
salt and pepper, to taste
4 cups (about 4 oz) baby spinach
1/8 cup grated parmesan

1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise; remove and discard seeds. Place squash on a baking sheet. Bake until tender, about 1 hour. Separate the strands of squash with a fork and place in a medium bowl; discard shells. Maintain the oven temperature.

3. Heat butter and oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook about 2 minutes. Stir in flour. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring continually 3 – 4 minutes.

4. Add milk and chicken broth and continue whisking, raising heat to medium-high until it comes to a boil and becomes smooth and thick, about 2 minutes stirring; season with salt and pepper.

5. Once it becomes thick, remove from heat, add cheddar cheese and mix well until cheese is melted. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, add cooked spaghetti squash and baby spinach, pour into a baking dish and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. Bake until bubbly and golden 25 to 30 minutes.

2. Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats

Tasty Spaghetti Squash


4-6 small spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeds scooped out
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 head garlic
1 pounds spicy italian chicken sausage (or 1 pound ground chicken or half ground chicken half sausage)
4 ounces pancetta, finely chopped
1/2 a sweet onion, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon fresh thyme (1/2 teaspoon dried)
1 teaspoon fresh sage (1/2 teaspoon dried)
1 tablespoon fresh basil ( 2 teaspoons dried)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 cup water
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/4 cup milk (I used 2%)
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup provolone cheese, shredded
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
fried sage or fresh basil, for garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Chop off the top portion of the garlic head to reveal cloves. Peel any excess paper/skin off from the bulb of garlic. Pour about a teaspoon of olive oil on top the garlic cloves and cover with foil. Roast in a baking dish for 45 minutes, or until golden brown and soft. Allow to cool and then squeeze garlic out of the paper skin into a small bowl and mash well with a fork, set aside.

3. At the same time roast the squash. Slice the squash lengthwise and rub a drizzle of oil all over the cut side of both squash halves and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

4. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and bake about 30 to 45 minutes, or until the squash is just tender enough to scrape into strands. You want it to be barely tender, it will continue cooking later. Remove from the oven and scrape the squash into strands.

5. Reduce the oven to 350 degrees.

6. While the squash bakes make the sauce. In a large skillet, cook 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the pancetta over medium heat, stirring, until the pancetta is lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the onion, bay leaf, thyme and sage and cook, stirring until the veggies are softened, about 5 minutes. Push to the veggies to the side of the pan. Increase the heat to medium-high. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the center of the pan and crumble in the chicken sausage and cook without stirring for 3 minutes. Break up the meat and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until well browned, about 3 minutes.

7. Add the tomatoes, basil and 1 cup water to the skillet. Simmer, stirring occasionally until thickened, about 15-20 minutes. Once the sauce has thicken a bit, discard the bay leaf and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and stir in the mashed garlic.

8. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk in a steady stream and simmer for 2 minutes, whisking throughout. Remove from the heat, stir in all of the provolone and season with nutmeg, salt and pepper. Let cool, stirring occasionally to prevent a skin from forming.

9. To assemble the boats, remove a little of the squash strands from each boat. Then place a layer of the meat sauce on top of the remaining strands, then a layer of the cheese sauce, then layer the removed squash strands on top of the cheese and divide the remaining meat sauce among the boats. Lastly, top with the remaining cheese sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese. Place the squash on a baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes at 350, or until the squash are warm throughout and the cheese is browning. Remove from the oven and let sit 5 minutes. Garnish with fresh sage, fried sage or basil.


3. Spaghetti Squash

Tasty Spaghetti Squash
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1 spaghetti squash, cut in half and seeded
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 tablespoons sliced black olives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet.

2. Place spaghetti squash with cut sides down on baking sheet, and bake 30 minutes. Remove squash from oven and set aside to cool.

3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are warmed through.

4. Use a large spoon to scoop the stringy pulp from the squash and place in a medium bowl. Toss with the vegetables, feta cheese, olives, and basil. Serve warm.


4. Spaghetti Squash Fritters

Tasty Spaghetti Squash
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr



1 (2-pound) spaghetti squash, halved and seeded
1 (8-ounce) package baby spinach
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 large egg whites
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
5 teaspoons canola mayonnaise
2 teaspoons 2% reduced-fat milk
1 teaspoon Sriracha
1 teaspoon cider vinegar

1.  Place squash halves, cut sides up, in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 20 minutes or until tender. Let stand 10 minutes. Scrape inside of squash with a fork to remove strands to measure 4 cups.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add spinach to pan; cook 2 minutes or until spinach wilts. Place squash and spinach on a clean dish towel; squeeze until barely moist. Coarsely chop squash mixture, and place in a large bowl. Add panko and next 4 ingredients (through baking powder), and toss well to combine. Place egg whites in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Gently fold egg whites into squash mixture.

3. Fill a 1/4-cup dry measuring cup with squash mixture. Invert onto work surface; gently pat into a 3/4-inch-thick patty. Repeat procedure with remaining squash mixture, forming 10 patties. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan to coat, and cook patties a few at a time.

4. Combine mayonnaise and remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Serve with fritters.


5. Spaghetti Squash Gratin

Tasty Spaghetti Squash



1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup whole milk
2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 to 2 anchovy fillets, chopped
3 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves
5 cups Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Coarse salt and ground pepper
3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small pot, bring broth, milk, and garlic to a boil over medium-high and cook 1 minute. Pour into a medium bowl, then slowly add flour, whisking constantly.

2. In pot, melt butter over medium. Add anchovies and 2 teaspoons sage and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Return broth mixture to pan, bring to a simmer, and cook until thickened, 6 minutes. Discard garlic.

3. Add squash to sauce and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a 2-quart shallow baking dish.

4. In a small bowl, combine 1 teaspoon sage, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan and sprinkle over squash. Bake until top is golden brown and mixture is bubbling at edges, 20 to 25 minutes.


6. Spaghetti Squash Primavera

Tasty Spaghetti Squash


1 medium spaghetti squash
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Sea salt
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups small broccoli florets
1 cup sliced oyster mushrooms
2 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped green olives
Ground black pepper
1/4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted, for garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees .

2. Halve the squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Set the squash halves cut-side-up in a baking dish. Drizzle them with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake until fork tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and use a fork to separate the flesh into strands. Transfer the squash “noodles” to a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the broccoli and cook another 8 minutes, or until tender. Stir in the oyster mushrooms, rosemary, thyme and red pepper flakes, and cook 3 minutes more. Add the cherry tomatoes and green olives, and cook for a final 2 minutes.

4. Transfer the mixture to the bowl with the spaghetti squash. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with the pine nuts and serve immediately.


7. Turkey Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash

Tasty Spaghetti Squash



1 spaghetti squash
1 pound ground turkey
¼ tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp dried rosemary
¼ tsp dried thyme
¼ tsp dried sage
½ tsp sea salt
black pepper to taste
1 egg beaten
1 jar of your favorite tomato sauce
½ cup shredded raw Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Slice spaghetti squash in half and remove all seeds with spoon.

3. Place spaghetti squash face down on large baking sheet, add ½ cup water and cover with foil.

4. Cook spaghetti squash for 45 mins.

5. While spaghetti squash is cooking, mix together remaining ingredients (except cheese) in a large bowl.

6. Make 2 tbsp size meatballs with hands and place on a greased cookie sheet.

7. Bake for 20 minutes.

8. Remove turkey meatballs from oven, and place into a pan with sauce, warm sauce thoroughly.

9. Remove spaghetti squash and scrap insides.

10. Place spaghetti squash in a bowl and pour sauce and meatballs on top.

11. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

8. Low Carb Beef and Spaghetti Squash Bake

Tasty Spaghetti Squash


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 carrot, shredded
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 lb minced ground beef
1 (24 oz) can low-carb spaghetti sauce
1 teaspoon oregano
1 large spaghetti squash
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Heat oil in large pan; cook onion, garlic, carrot and celery, stirring often until onion and celery are clear.

3. Add hamburger and cook until no pink remains.

4. Drain, then add sauce, and oregano and simmer, covered, about 15 mins or until mixture has thickened slightly.

5. While beef mixture is simmering, cut the squash in half and carefully remove the seeds.

6. Be sure to cut around the edge so you don’t cut into the squash itself.

7. Place face down in microwaveable casserole dish, add 1 inch of water and cover.

8. Microwave on high for approx 10 minutes, or until it begins to soften.

9. Let cool and carefully remove inside of squash with fork or spoon.

10. Let squash strands drain well.

11. Stir spaghetti squash into beef mixture, then spoon into an ovenproof dish and sprinkle with cheese.

12. Bake uncovered, for 15 minutes or until browned slightly.

13.  Top with Parmesan and season with salt and pepper to taste.

9. Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai | A Couple Cooks



1 large spaghetti squash
1 bunch green onions
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 carrots
½ red pepper
4 cloves garlic
2 whole eggs,
1 and ½ cup bean sprouts, divided
2 tablespoons peanut oil
3 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 lime
Sriracha (optional)
½ cup roasted salted peanuts, chopped


1. Preheat to 400 degrees. Cut the spaghetti squash in half. Scrape out the seeds and guts using a spoon, and sprinkle the cut sides with olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper. Place the squash cut side down on a baking sheet and roast until tender and easily pierced with a knife, about 45 minutes. When the squash is done, use a fork to scrape out the flesh of each half into noodles.Drain noodles.

2. Peel and shred carrots. Thinly slice one half red pepper. Mince 4 cloves garlic. Thinly slice 4 green onions. In a small bowl, beat together two eggs. Separately, thinly slice 1 green onion and chop about ½ cup of fresh cilantro.

3. In another small bowl, mix together the sauce: mix 3 tablespoons sweet chili sauce, 3 tablespoons soy sauce, juice of ½ lime, and if desired, a few squirts of sriracha.

4. When the squash is ready, in a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons peanut oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and scallions cook until fragrant. Pour in the eggs and scramble until almost cooked. Add the red pepper, carrots, 1 cup bean sprouts, and squash noodles. Add 3 pinches salt and toss. Add the sauce and stir to combine. Cook about 2 minutes, until the vegetables are heated through but still crisp.

5. Garnish with plenty of crushed peanuts, fresh bean sprouts, and chopped cilantro and green onion.

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