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Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Prepare squash: Cut squash in half lengthwise. Remove and discard seeds, then rub flesh with olive oil. Place cut side down on foil-lined baking sheet. Transfer to preheated oven and roast until squash is tender, about 1 hour. Remove from oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Prepare tomato mixture: While squash is roasting, place tomatoes, garlic, basil, oregano, salt, pepper and chili flakes into the canister of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Add a drizzle of olive oil and pulse a few times to combine. Do not over process.
  4. Assemble side dish: Carefully pull strands of squash away from skin. Add a little bit into a large bowl followed by a few spoonfuls of the tomato mixture and a sprinkle of Parmesan. Repeat layers, adding little by little each time.
  5. Serve from large bowl or transfer a smaller amount to attractive bowl. Garnish with chopped parsley, Parmesan cheese and black pepper to taste.
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Roasted Spaghetti Squash

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Oven-roasted spaghetti squash tossed with tomato, garlic, basil and freshly grated Parmesan…

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  • 6-8 SERVINGS
A bowl of Roasted Spaghetti Squash Parmesan.

This ROASTED SPAGHETTI SQUASH PARMESAN is a memorably delicious side dish that can easily be served as a healthy main!

Our ROASTED SPAGHETTI SQUASH PARMESAN has so much going for it, we are crazy in love with this simple side dish. We imagine you’ll do as we did and start dreaming of what mains to serve it with, just as an excuse to make it again and again. Here are a few of the things that get our emphatic thumbs-up:

  • The finished side dish is really, really delicious.
  • It has a fresh-tasting flavour profile that really highlights the spaghetti squash, tomato, basil, and garlic.
  • The recipe is easy to make, following our recommendation to use a food processor for the chopping steps.
  • Although we’re pitching it as a side dish, you can serve it as a main with nothing more than a favourite salad.

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Here are a few things to consider when you go to make ROASTED SPAGHETTI SQUASH PARMESAN:

The ingredients needs to make Roasted Spaghetti Squash Parmesan.
Looking at the ingredients for this side dish you just know; this is going to be delicious!

INGREDIENTS

All of the ingredients are readily available at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. When selecting fresh vegetables and herbs, try to purchase locally grown organic varieties, if possible. We find they taste better, and we also think it important to support local farmers whenever possible. They work so hard and truly deserve our support.

A 3-pound spaghetti squash cut in half lengthwise with the seeds scooped out.
Working with spaghetti squash is easy. Simply remove and discard the seeds then proceed with the recipe.

SPAGHETTI SQUASH

Never had spaghetti squash? Here’s the must-make recipe that will change all that. First, let’s answer the big question; is spaghetti squash good for us? Yes, yes and yes! Spaghetti squash is a nutrient-dense vegetable that’s closely related to pumpkin, zucchini and other types of squash – think acorn, butternut squash and delicata. It’s low in calories, and if nutrition is your thing, you need to eat more of this particular variety of squash. It is an excellent source of important nutrients, such as vitamin C, niacin, fibre, manganese and vitamin B6. It’s also a low-carb vegetable option although it doesn’t have any protein; no biggie!

The spaghetti squash roasted, fresh out of the oven.
If roasting a smaller squash, check the doneness at 45 minutes.

OVEN ROAST

Oven-roasting spaghetti squash is the only way to go to achieve the flavours in the recipe, and cooking the squash this way is easy. Simply cut the squash down the middle lengthwise, scrape away and discard the seeds, then roast the two halves in a hot oven for an hour. It really is that easy.

The cooked spaghetti squash scooped up to reveal the spaghetti texture.
Looks just like spaghetti!

IT’S LIKE SPAGHETTI

Spaghetti squash is famous for the texture of its flesh. Make sure to check out the VIDEO attached to this post where you can watch me tug at the cooked flesh with a fork to reveal how it pulls away in long strands that resemble spaghetti – hence the name. Some people ask whether spaghetti squash really tastes like pasta, and although we feel that’s a bit of a stretch, it’s delicious in its own way. It has a mild, almost neutral flavouring with hints of nuttiness and a slight sweetness. Even when roasted, it has a bit of a crunchy texture. 

Garden fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and cloves of garlic.
Get ready for some serious favour.

TOMATO, GARLIC AND BASIL

We’ve long been fans of the classic combination of tomato, basil and garlic. We’ve enjoyed this trio in our MARINARA SAUCE, this CHICKEN PARMIGIANA recipe, plus our fabulous SHEET PAN TOMATOES AND PEPPERS. It’s especially pleasing in this recipe because it marries nicely with the roasted squash and fragrant Parmesan cheese.

Tomato, garlic, basil and seasoning roughly chopped in a food processor.
Check out the links to purchase a handy food chopper down below.

CHOPPED TOPPING

As mentioned at the top, we wanted to keep the process of making this squash dish easy. Using a food processor to chop up the tomatoes, fresh basil and garlic is the way to go. Don’t have a food processor? We’ve listed links to purchase below. I’ve even included a link for a simple, inexpensive handy chopper which is both compact and a dream to use. PRO TIP: don’t overdo the chop. Just a few pulses to roughly chop the mix does the trick.

A bowl of the chopped tomato mixture, Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley and extra virgin olive oil.
Layer the squash with the chopped tomato mixture then garnish with Parmesan and flat-leaf parsley.

LAYERS OF FLAVOUR

Let me explain why I want you to layer the oven-roasted squash with the chopped vegetables, Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. The alternate method would be to simply put it all into a bowl and stir it together. 

The healthy side dish assembled in a large bowl.
Yes, you can serve straight from the big mixing bowl!

The layering effect keeps the strands of the spaghetti squash light and fluffy, yet allows for the other flavours to be present without everything getting smushed together. 

A bowl of Roasted Spaghetti Squash Parmesan.
Such a fantastic treat and, healthy too!

SERVE

Serving this side dish can happen directly from the bowl in which it’s assembled, or transfer a bit into a smaller presentation bowl. Make sure to garnish with some chopped parsley, basil and maybe more Parmesan cheese. Beautiful. 

Main course options that pair really well with this side dish include this EASY ROAST CHICKEN, our GRILLED LAMB CHOPS and our EASY GRILLED PORK CHOPS.

ROASTED SPAGHETTI SQUASH PARMESAN is divine!

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Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients

  • For the squash:
  • 1 3-pound spaghetti squash
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • For the tomatoes:
  • 4 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes
  • drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • To garnish:
  • chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
  • grated Parmesan
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Prepare squash: Cut squash in half lengthwise. Remove and discard seeds, then rub flesh with olive oil. Place cut side down on foil-lined baking sheet. Transfer to preheated oven and roast until squash is tender, about 1 hour. Remove from oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Prepare tomato mixture: While squash is roasting, place tomatoes, garlic, basil, oregano, salt, pepper and chili flakes into the canister of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Add a drizzle of olive oil and pulse a few times to combine. Do not over process.
  4. Assemble side dish: Carefully pull strands of squash away from skin. Add a little bit into a large bowl followed by a few spoonfuls of the tomato mixture and a sprinkle of Parmesan. Repeat layers, adding little by little each time.
  5. Serve from large bowl or transfer a smaller amount to attractive bowl. Garnish with chopped parsley, Parmesan cheese and black pepper to taste.

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