The taste and texture of spaghetti squash mimics pasta! Learn to prepare this nutritious gourd in almost two dozen delicious ways, including kid-friendly options. We compiled 21 of the best spaghetti squash recipes around the web for you.
Intimidated by that whole squash sitting on your counter? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Spaghetti Squash for TOP tips on cutting and cooking it.
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How Do You Cook Spaghetti Squash?
There are lots of ways to cook spaghetti squash: baked, microwaved, roasted, steamed, and so many more. But there really is one way to cook it that makes it turn out amazing. And the great thing is that it is really simple:
Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise from the stem end to the base, rub the inside lightly with olive oil, and roast it cut-side down.
Cooking it this way decreases the amount of moisture that gets trapped in the squash and gives you more caramelized delicious strands of spaghetti squash.
Is Spaghetti Squash Available All Year?
Yes! You can buy spaghetti squash year round in most areas. But their peak season is from October – December.
The great thing about Winter squash in general is that they store so well, that they are usually available year round. If you plan to store a spaghetti squash for a long time, the best way to store it is in a cool, dark place. A basement storage room, or cool pantry or cabinet is the perfect place.
Is Spaghetti Squash Good For You?
When most people think of spaghetti squash, they just think of a low-carb alternative to pasta. That’s true, but there’s so much nutrition packed into this veggie, too!
Spaghetti squash contains high levels of Vitamins A, C, B, and folate. It has a lot of potassium which is great for athletic kids and people who struggle with high blood pressure.
Is Spaghetti Squash Just Like Spaghetti Pasta?
Real talk. Even though spaghetti squash looks just like a noodle, it doesn’t taste exactly like a noodle. Kids are smart. If you try to get them to try something new, and you tell them one thing and they experience another, they won’t trust you anymore. Just be honest with them about how it looks like spaghetti noodles, the flavor and texture are different, but it’s still delicious!
One thing you can say to hesitant kids is that spaghetti squash has a mild taste (like zucchini or yellow squash.) It isn’t strong, or spicy. It tends to taste like whatever you cook it with.
The Roundup: Best Spaghetti Squash Recipes
We love how incredibly versatile spaghetti squash is! This is one veggie you can totally customize to match your family’s tastes.
Check out these 21 tasty recipes to see what we mean:
Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Homemade enchilada sauce, lots of veggies and creamy refried beans in this amazing dish.
Everything you love about lasagna, but with more nutrition, and leaves you feeling much less heavy after you eat it!
The Gunny Sack
This recipe is a combination of two of my favorites: spaghetti squash and fettuccine alfredo. The recipe relies on a easy, quick alfredo sauce made in a skillet and gently stirred with the rest of the ingredients.
Delicious lemon-garlic sauce drizzled over a bed of spaghetti squash for a quick and yummy dinner.
Stuffed with chicken, black beans, tomatoes, corn, peppers and topped with melty cheddar cheese all blended with Southwestern spices.
Joyful Healthy Eats
This is loaded with flavor and the perfect comfort food with a twist.
Not too spicy, but flavorful enough for both adults and kids.
Mix the flavors of a Thai curry sauce with a healthy dinner recipe idea and you get this Thai Chicken Spaghetti Squash. Amazing flavors in 30 minutes!
Making Thyme for Health
Roasted spaghetti squash filled with a hearty two-bean vegetable chili – a warm and satisfying fall meal.
Peas and Crayons
Grab your favorite BBQ sauce and you are ready to whip up this smoky sweet spaghetti squash recipe.
Super Healthy Kids
Italian Baked Spaghetti Squash with veggies, Italian sausage, cheese and marinara. Complete, balanced, and delicious!
Clean Food Crush
A fun way to switch up taco Tuesday using the squash as the base.
Spicy Southern Kitchen
A healthier way to get your Jambalaya fix – using spaghetti squash instead of rice gives a different texture without sacrificing flavor.
Home Cooking Memories
A deliciously easy side dish – this might even turn a reluctant spaghetti squash eater into a fan.
Just like classic baked macaroni and cheese but without the pasta – spaghetti squash noodles are an amazing substitute.
No Spoon Necessary
Tender chicken tossed in a light and fresh piccata sauce piled high into roasted halves of spaghetti squash.
Taste and Tell
A healthier way to serve a favorite dip, combine spaghetti squash with spinach artichokes and a creamy cheese sauce.
Food with Feeling
Perfectly paired with a fried egg for a satisfying breakfast.
Super Healthy Kids
This cheesy comforting spaghetti squash bake is packed with vitamins and minerals from three different veggies
A low-carb version of everyone’s favorite takeout dish. Even your picky eaters will love this!
Get those veggies in first thing in the morning with this unique and delicious breakfast squash recipe!
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