We’ve rounded up new ways to cook spaghetti squash that are guaranteed to make you say “Oh my gourd this is good!” The bright yellow squash is a true culinary chameleon, with a mild flavor that’s adaptable to all kinds of flavorful sauces and cooking styles from around the world. Spaghetti squash season peaks in the late fall/early winter (though they’re usually available all year), so they’re a fantastic way to get more veggies even during those cold months. When you serve one of these meals right in the shell, the presentation is as impressive as the taste. Plus, you couldn’t dream up a better pasta replacement — it’s a nutrient powerhouse and yes, you can even twirl spaghetti squash “noodles” with a fork! So try something different tonight and quash your carb cravings with one of these delicious spaghetti squash recipes.
- Tip Hero
Instead of tortillas, this spicy recipe has you bake enchiladas right into a spaghetti squash “boat”! Use the magic of Old El Paso taco seasoning mix and red enchilada sauce to transform leftover roast chicken into a healthy twist on a south-of-the-border classic.
Spaghetti squash “noodles” and broccolini get tossed with two kinds of cheeses for an enlightened spaghetti squash lasagna. Garlicky sauteed broccolini (you don’t need us to explain why that’s not only good but good for you), a blend of Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, and some Italian seasoning ensure that this baked spaghetti squash really hits the spot.
One of our favorite appetizers ever is spinach and artichoke dip, and we’ve often said that we could make an entire meal out of it. This vegetarian recipe makes that dream comes true, with the help of some spaghetti squash!
- Closet Cooking
There’s no healthier way to satisfy a pasta craving than with spaghetti squash. Roast your squash, make a meat sauce (or use a jar if you’re pressed for time and ingredients), then layer cottage or ricotta cheese, basil, and mozzarella to make lasagna right in the squash. Broil it for a few minutes to get this amazingness from Closet Cooking!
- Simple Healthy Kitchen
Did you think a grain-free, low-carb, healthy, and easy carbonara could exist? Pigs must be flying, because this spaghetti squash version from Simply Healthy Kitchen saves about 190 calories per serving but still has all the richness of your favorite pasta dish.
- Food & Wine
You won’t believe that such a gourmet-tasting soup can be such a snap to put together. Wild mushrooms give this recipe from Food & Wine a sumptuous flavor, with a blend of ditalini pasta a spaghetti squash “noodles” making this five-star soup extra hearty.
- Peas and Crayons
This dangerously cheesy spaghetti squash recipe is positively loaded with vegetables — it even uses an entire package of spinach! This is the perfect dinner for anyone who is committed to eating more veggies but equally committed to cheesy Parmesan cream sauce.
- Blue Apron
This roasted spaghetti squash recipe from Blue Apron replicates your favorite spaghetti with marinara, but with a carb-reducing twist that has just as much bite as pasta. Black Cerignola olives and oregano make this Italian-inspired alternative even more exciting than the dish that inspired it.
- Well Plated
This baked spaghetti squash casserole from Well Plated is the definition of a quick and health-conscious dinner that won’t bore you to tears. A mix of roasted spaghetti squash, ground turkey, tomatoes, bell peppers, and Italian spices make this a wholesome meal that will give you cozy feelings.
- Oh My Veggies
Saying yes to spaghetti squash with pesto is already a healthy choice–now make that pesto with kale instead of the traditional basil and you’re basically superhuman. You won’t regret it, because this extra garlickly sauce topped with roasted hazelnuts and sun-dried tomatoes definitely does not skimp on bold flavors.
- Empowered Sustenance
Don’t those spaghetti squash strands remind you of shredded potatoes? Are you thinking what we’re thinking? Fritters! This paleo-friendly recipe from Empowered Sustenance geniusely uses our fave veggie of the moment to fry up some savory spaghetti squash pancakes that are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside.
- Natural Comfort Kitchen
Anyone who has Midwestern childhood memories of spaghetti pie has got to love this “comfort food makeover” from Natural Comfort Kitchen. Spaghetti squash noodles are baked in a creamy ricotta sauce with roasted zucchini slices, a chunky red sauce, and plenty of melted cheese on top.
Yes, you can effortlessly cook a spaghetti squash in the microwave! (And then impress yourself even more when you turn it into quiche!) This idea for how to cook spaghetti squash from Allrecipes is perfect for a healthy lunch when you’re feeling just a little bit fancy.
- The Kitchn
You know what else those spaghetti squash “noodles” remind us of? Asian rice noodles! Our absolute favorite way to eat rice noodles is spicy-sweet pad thai — and now with this recipe from The Kitchn it’s our favorite way to eat spaghetti squash, too.
- A Beautiful Mess
Um, pizza crust made out of spaghetti squash? It’s not only possible, but it’s amazing — and a great excuse to eat more pizza. This innovation from A Beautiful Mess satisfies gluten-free eaters and pizza lovers alike.
- American Heritage Cooking
This twist on twice-baked potatoes from American Heritage Cooking is going to be a new classic in your home. Roasted spaghetti squash halves are smothered in a homemade turkey sausage red sauce and melted mozzarella cheese, then baked (twice!) to perfection.
It’s spaghetti squash for breakfast! These days, brunch isn’t brunch without avocado in some form — how about nestled into a fluffy roasted spaghetti squash, with a deliciously runny sunny-side up egg baked in the center? This recipe from iFoodReal is clean eating at it’s best.
- Food Network
Have your Alfredo and eat it too — without all of those calories normally associated with the creamy Italian classic. This spaghetti squash version we found on Destination Delish is lighter than fettucinne, with green peas and pancetta rounding out the flavor.
Cajun Chicken Spaghetti Squash BakeDestination Delish
Cajun chicken pasta is transformed into a healthier but no less “gimme seconds” inducing dish packed with bell peppers, chicken, a cream cheese sauce and, of course, spaghetti squash. You’re going to hope there are leftovers!
- Family Fresh Cooking
Just when you swore off takeout forever, this fried rice makeover from Family Fresh Cooking will have you cooking up your favorite and feeling great about it. Scrambled eggs, peanut oil, carrots, and Sriracha bring home the flavors inspired by your favorite Chinese food.
- Lemons and Basil
Food blogger Kaylee Pauley at Lemons and Basil created these crave-worthy tacos using spaghetti squash to mimic the texture of pulled pork. Then she loaded ’em up with avocado, black beans, homemade salsa and Greek Yogurt. Qué rico!
- All Day I Dream About Food
When you think “spaghetti”, you think “meatballs“. And when you think “spaghetti squash”, you also think… “meatballs”. Need we say any more about this low-carb recipe for spaghetti squash and meatballs from All Day I Dream About Food?
If you aren’t convinced that mac n’ cheese could be a guilt-free dish, this recipe from Popsugar might change your mind. Plus, they’ve added even more veggie power with yummy broccoli.