These 16 Spaghetti Squash Recipes Are a Delicious Way to Eat More Veggies

updated Oct 19, 2023
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Chicken Parm Spaghetti Squash in a cast iron skillet
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Cyd McDowell

Of all the winter squashes that have made their way to the market, there’s none I’m more excited about than spaghetti squash. I love that you can microwave it, put it in the oven, or even just throw it in an instant pot. No matter how you decide to prepare it, these thin, durable strands can be used just about any way you’d traditionally use noodles or spaghetti.

While you certainly won’t mistake spaghetti squash for a carby bowl of pasta, it’s so good in its own right that you definitely won’t feel like you’re missing out when you sub it in. 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.

Whether you’re looking for a remix on a staple dish like Chicken Parmesan or a keto-friendly side dish, here are 16 spaghetti squash recipes that are not to be missed.

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Broccoli and Cheese Spaghetti Squash Casserole
Inspired by broccoli and cheese casserole, spaghetti squash joins the mix in this one-skillet recipe.
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Creamy Pesto Spaghetti Squash
Homemade creamy pesto is a fast, flavorful way to upgrade mild-mannered spaghetti squash. Serve it as a summery main, or alongside your favorite protein.
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Sausage and Kale Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Crisp, spicy sausage, juicy tomatoes, salty cheese, and buttery strands of squash — this satisfying dinner has it all, and it’s incredibly easy too. For a vegetarian option, opt for plant-based sausage, soy chorizo, or creamy white beans.
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Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
This riff on pad Thai swaps the rice noodles for tender strands of spaghetti squash.
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Easy Low-Carb Meatball-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
This delicious low-carb spin on spaghetti and meatballs starts with roasted spaghetti squash and includes plenty of gooey, melted cheese.
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Skillet Chicken Parm Spaghetti Squash
This lightened-up, veggie-packed version of classic chicken Parmesan, all baked in a single skillet.
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Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash
Strands of spaghetti squash are tossed with a garlicky three-cheese mixture for a satisfying keto-friendly side dish.
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Lasagna-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
If you're still on the fence about spaghetti squash, this is the recipe that will win you over once and for all.
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Spaghetti Squash with Asparagus, Ricotta, Lemon, and Thyme
Fresh stalks of asparagus mingle with a healthy dose of lemon and thyme to hint at spring’s arrival, while this vegetarian supper is anchored with a favorite winter staple.
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Spaghetti Squash Taco Pie
Instead of building this pie on crescent rolls or tortillas, we’ve roasted up a favorite winter veggie to make a gluten-free, single-serve taco boat that’s also a one-dish meal — perfect for a bracing winter night.
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Spaghetti Squash with Ricotta, Sage, and Pine Nuts
Looking for a new way to enjoy spaghetti squash? This recipe hardly takes more time to prepare, but it turns the squash into a slightly fancier affair.
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Greek Shrimp and Spaghetti Squash Pasta
This 30-minute spaghetti squash dish is inspired by the bright flavors of the Mediterranean.
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Spaghetti Squash Latkes
This remix on latkes replaces the starchy grated potato for some tender spaghetti squash and tosses it with fresh herbs, green onions, and Pecorino Romano — an easy (and gluten-free!) latke everyone will love.
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Baked Spaghetti Squash Carbonara
Everyone loves a good spaghetti carbonara, and this baked spaghetti squash carbonara is going to warm your pasta-loving heart in exactly the same way.
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Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Parm
Warm, cheesy, perfectly al dente spaghetti squash made at turbo speed in the air fryer.
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Spaghetti Squash Jambalaya
This fun play on jambalaya skips the rice to make the most of our favorite seasonal produce. Served in the hollowed-out squash, it brings the wow factor to the table.
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