Are you already a fan of spaghetti squash? Whether you’re new to this yummy fall veggie or know it well, you are going to love these delicious, healthy spaghetti squash recipes!
Learn how to make spaghetti squash in so many delicious ways, from simple baked spaghetti squash to lasagna to a veggie-ful take on pad thai! (swoon)
In honor of this lesser-known squash’s all-too-short season, here are some great healthy spaghetti squash recipes for this easy-to-grow, versatile and healthy yellow veggie.
What is Spaghetti Squash, Anyway?
If you haven’t encountered spaghetti squash before, you’re in for a treat.
Be forewarned that spaghetti squash tastes different from the more familiar acorn and butternut. Spaghetti squashes don’t have that rich, sweet flavor, but this quality actually makes them adaptable to some pretty diverse uses.
When cooked, spaghetti squash transforms into long noodle-like strings that can be used in place of pasta without the trouble of spiralizing, that new fad of making “noodles” out of veggies like zucchini and carrots. But be aware that spaghetti squash retains a little of its squash-y flavor and probably won’t fool anyone if you try to pass it off as actual pasta.
However, kids might enjoy helping to scrape out the noodle-like strings and then will be more willing to eat what you make with them (a good thing if you have kids like mine who generally prefer bread products to vegetables).
Spaghetti squash allows you to squeeze in some extra servings of veggies if it replaces a pasta main course, a great thing for gut health. I love a bowl of spaghetti squash with nothing but tomato sauce and parmesan as a filling and healthy lunch.
Spaghetti squash is easy to grow, so consider poking a few seeds into your veggie patch this season! (Here’s info on growing spaghetti squash.)
Healthy Spaghetti Squash Recipes!
How to Cook Spaghetti Squash
You have several choices for making spaghetti squash. I prefer to cook spaghetti squash in the oven, but some people microwave theirs, and others like to cook spaghetti squash in an instant pot. Read my post on how to cook spaghetti squash in the oven for tips on making the most of your spaghetti squash.
Whatever method you choose, I highly recommend removing the seeds before baking, as you can make roasted spaghetti squash seeds the way you would pumpkin seeds and make a tasty and healthy snack while your squash bakes. (Instructions for roasted spaghetti squash seeds at end of post.)
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How to Use Your Baked Spaghetti Squash
I’m all about simplicity, so my favorite thing to do with the few spaghetti squashes I get each fall is just to serve them with marinara sauce and grated parmesan. The little bit of crunch of the squash “noodles” is a nice change from traditional pasta, and it’s such an easy way to get in a big serving of veggies.
Some people enjoy spaghetti squash with nothing but butter and serve it as a side dish, but others have gotten really creative in their uses of this humble squash. Check out some of these more ambitious healthy spaghetti squash recipes!
Healthy Spaghetti Squash Recipes
♦ I’m a huge fan of Asian flavors. This spaghetti squash yakisoba from The Pickled Plum was really good!
♦ Here’s a recipe for a pad thai made with spaghetti squash that I will definitely be trying with my next spaghetti squash.
♦ This clever recipe from The Tasty Kitchen uses spaghetti squash in place of pastry crust in a spaghetti squash quiche.
♦ Or bake up some cheesy goodness with this spaghetti squash lasagna from The Minimalist Baker.
♦ Here’s a meatball pie if that’s more your thing.
♦ Or try spaghetti squash fritters!
Here’s how to make incredibly delicious roasted spaghetti squash seeds:
Allow to cool and store in an airtight container -- if any remain after you're done sampling them! You may also soak seeds overnight to increase nutrient availability and digestibility. Numbers are an estimate due to variety in size of squash and number of seeds.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 96Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 188mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g
Allow to cool and store in an airtight container -- if any remain after you're done sampling them!
You may also soak seeds overnight to increase nutrient availability and digestibility.
Numbers are an estimate due to variety in size of squash and number of seeds.
Have you tried spaghetti squash? What are your favorite healthy spaghetti squash recipes?
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Thanks to Shaun and Janine for inspiring this post!
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