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Low Carb Spaghetti Using Spaghetti Squash

Updated on October 28, 2017
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Not Your Traditional Spaghetti Dinner

Spaghetti sauce served over pasta noodles has always been a family favorite meal. This recipe is a little different than your traditional spaghetti meal. Rather than pasta, I've used squash. This might sound terrible to some people but it actually quite delicious.

One day I saw a recipe on the internet for spaghetti squash. After looking at it, and seeing the texture of it, I had this idea to make it and then pour a pasta sauce over it. When I told my husband about it he immediately turned his nose up at it as he doesn't care for squash in any shape, form, or taste. But after eating this new dish he now likes spaghetti squash.

If you follow a low carb diet this recipe is perfect for you.

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Normally when I make spaghetti sauce I always tend to make too much. What I do is freeze the extra sauce when this happens. For this dish I took my frozen sauce out of the freezer the night before, heated it up and poured it over the spaghetti squash. If you'd like to see my recipe for spaghetti sauce I'll provide a link for it further down this article.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 2-3 people

Ingredients

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • spaghetti sauce
  • Parmesan Cheese *optional

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 375° F.
  2. 2. With a fork poke holes in the squash.
  3. 3. Place the squash in an oven safe dish and place it into the oven for 1 hour.
  4. 4. Remove the squash and let it cool off to the point where you can touch it without it burning you. Be careful because it is very hot.
  5. 5. Slice the squash in half lengthwise.
  6. 6. Scoop out the seeds and pulp from the center.
  7. 7. With a fork carefully rake out the squash. It will be just like strand of spaghetti.
  8. 8. Place it into a dish or bowl.
  9. 9. Pour heated spaghetti sauce over the top of the squash.
  10. 10. If desired add fresh grated Parmesan cheese.
  11. 11. Serve and ENJOY!
5 stars from 1 rating of Meat or Meatless Sauce Served Over Spaghetti Squash

Photo Tutorial on How to Prepare and Cook Spaghetti Squash

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After you've inserted holes with a fork in the squash place it into an oven safe dish.Once the squash has come out of the oven slice it in half lengthwise.Scoop out the seeds and pulp.With a fork rake out the squash.Place the squash into a dish or bowl.Pour spaghetti sauce over the squash, serve, and enjoy.
After you've inserted holes with a fork in the squash place it into an oven safe dish.
After you've inserted holes with a fork in the squash place it into an oven safe dish.
Once the squash has come out of the oven slice it in half lengthwise.
Once the squash has come out of the oven slice it in half lengthwise.
Scoop out the seeds and pulp.
Scoop out the seeds and pulp.
With a fork rake out the squash.
With a fork rake out the squash.
Place the squash into a dish or bowl.
Place the squash into a dish or bowl.
Pour spaghetti sauce over the squash, serve, and enjoy.
Pour spaghetti sauce over the squash, serve, and enjoy.

Don't Throw Away Those Squash Seeds

Waste not, want not, is something I've always lived by. Rinse off the squash seeds, pat them dry, and in a small bowl coat them with a bit of olive oil and salt. Place the seeds on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper, Pop them into a 275 degree oven for 15 minutes. Now you have a healthy snack to enjoy.

My Tradition Spaghetti Sauce

Here is my recipe for Spaghetti Sauce

Spaghetti Sauce
Spaghetti Sauce

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Do you like spaghetti squash? - Please leave me a comment to let me know that you were here, and have a great day!

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Maria, You're welcome hope you enjoy them.

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Mary!

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Paula, love you too!

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Rebeccca You're welcome!

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      MariaMontgomery 2 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      We love spaghetti squash, and serve it often. I save the seeds for planting a few, but have never eaten them. I will definitely try that. Thanks for the tip.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I'm like your husband. At first I turned my nose up too, but having celiac I thought I'd give it a try to it was awesome.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Susan...you did it AGAIN! Got me to read a recipe hub! You're like magic. I love spaghetti but the carb overload is something I try to avoid. Now I don't have to. Have I told you lately that I love you??.....UP+++

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Good idea! I need to cut carbs, so this is perfect for me. Thanks!

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It's great isn't it Glen. Hope you enjoy the seeds.

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I also use spaghetti squash and make a similar type dish. It's a very healthy alternative, especially without the meat sauce and cheese. Wow! I always had thrown those seeds away. Next time I do this, I'll have to try your idea that you mentioned at the end of this article to make that snack from the seeds.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

      I've never tried it but it certainly sounds delicious. I'm going to print off the recipe right now!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @KathyMcGraw2: I hope you try it this way and enjoy it.

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      Kathy McGraw 4 years ago from California

      Sounds good, I only ate spaghetti squash once before but this sounds good :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Diana Wenzel: Hope you enjoy the recipe.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Oh, now this is my kind of meal. Can't wait to try it. I'm going to love it. Thank you for the recipe. Delicious! I need to get back to the right kind of carbs. This is just what I need to get my momentum flowing in the right direction. Here's to greater health.

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      Marianne Gardner 4 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      Yes, I like spaghetti squash. A squash that many kids like--it's the name and the spaghetti likeness.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @lesliesinclair: Thanks so much! I've grown squash myself as my dogs tend to eat anything I plant. But next year I want to fence off a section of the yard so that I can grow vegetables and keep the dogs out :)

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      I like your wonderful tutorial. Even though I've eaten, and grown, this squash I appreciate your techniques and your recipe.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @smine27: I've been looking for shitaraki noodles here as I saw that you'd used them in one of your recipe lenses.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ColettaTeske: I wish everyone at my liked squash as much as I do. I'll have to come up with other recipe to get them to entice them to eat it :)

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      ColettaTeske 4 years ago

      We really like spaghetti squash at our house. But, then, we like any kind of squash. Spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta. Awesome recipe! Thank you, Susan!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I wish I could find spaghetti squash in Japan. I found it only one time and I really liked how it tasted. When I'm low carbing, I usually use shitaraki noodles as that's more readily available for me.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ChristyZ: Thanks Christy!

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      This looks really good! :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Lorelei Cohen: Good point about the gluten free, for some reason I didn't even think of that. Thanks!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I love squash so if it tastes like the original squash then I am sure that I would. This would be a great recipe for those who are gluten intolerant as there would not be an wheat proteins for them to worry about.