6 Times Spaghetti Squash Made You Forget About Pasta

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There has been a sharp decline in pasta consumption in my house recently, and I expect it continue for as long as I can get my hands on spaghetti squash. While it’s highly unlikely you’ll mistake these veggie strands for their carby counterpart, they are truly a delightful stand-in. If you’re not convinced just yet, these six totally comforting recipes are sure to make you a spaghetti squash convert.

If we’re being honest, this recipe first sold me with the mention of ricotta and lemon. Not only was it just as amazing as I thought it would be, but it also won over my husband who is a spaghetti-squash skeptic.

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If taco pasta skillets make you swoon, this veggie-heavy version was made with you in mind. It ditches the skillet (and the pasta) and stuffs the warm, spiced taco filling inside a stringy spaghetti squash.

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Carbonara-lovers, this one is for you. This version delivers everything you love about classic carbonara, from the bacon to the creamy coating of egg and cheese, with a lighter twist thanks to spaghetti squash.

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If you make just one spaghetti squash recipe this fall, let it be this one. It’s my favorite! The thin strands of spaghetti squash are a near perfect stand-in for the tender rice noodles traditionally used in pad Thai.

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Now this is how to do a veggie-packed lasagna! All the best parts of lasagna —mozzarella, ricotta, meat sauce — are stuffed and layered inside each half of a spaghetti squash, then baked until it’s perfectly melded together with gooey, stringy cheese.

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If your pasta style is all about simple buttered noodles, this has your name all over it. It comes with the simplicity you love, while a trio of ricotta, garlic, and sage bring in just enough rich, warm flavors.

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