Of all the winter squashes that have made their way to the market, there's none I'm more excited about than spaghetti squash. Roasted, baked, or steamed, these thin, durable strands can be used just about any way you'd traditionally use noodles or spaghetti. They're also an easy way to get more vegetables on the table, and can sometimes be the trick to a lighter spin on comfort food classics. Here are eight spaghetti squash recipes that are not to be missed as the temperatures get colder.
But First, the Basics
If I could make just one spaghetti squash recipe for the rest of time, it would be this one, hands-down. These tender, crisp veggie strands make the perfect stand-in for rice noodles.
You guys, this is wholesome comfort food at its absolute finest — complete with plenty of melted, gooey cheese.
Inspired by classic carbonara, this version gets an extra dose of richness with a scoop of ricotta before a stint in the oven. It bakes up with a crisp, golden top and a lush, creamy center just like you'd expect from carbonara.
This is your answer to jazzing up taco night and getting an extra dose of veggies on the dinner table.
Calling all lasagna-lovers! Trust me, you'll never even miss those wavy noodles.
When you're ready to step beyond the classic latkes, spaghetti squash makes a fun (and delicious!) stand-in for grated potatoes.
Can't get your hands on asparagus? Broccoli, green beans, and sautéed leafy greens all make great alternatives for this simple, fresh dinner.
This simple side makes a great partner to everything from chicken to pork tenderloin or chops, and even your Thanksgiving turkey.