Light and Delicious Spaghetti Squash

Julia McGinnis Recipe

By Julia McGinnis Trin3710

Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Stove Top

Last year I was introduced to spaghetti squash, and I was amazed by its versatility! This simple dish converted me (and my teenage niece and nephew) in the first bite. 120 calories per serving. Another guilt-free pleasure. I can eat it alone, but I usually pair with grilled chicken or fish for protein.

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
The flavors in this recipe are so darn good! We served it with chicken, but it would be de-lish on its own as well.


2 Tbsp
olive oil
6 clove
minced garlic
1 large
4 c
baby spinach
2 c
spaghetti squash
2 dash(es)
salt and pepper

Directions Step-By-Step

To cook spaghetti squash quickly, make several holes in the squash using a fork, then pop it in the microwave for about 10-12 minutes (about 4-5 minutes a pound). Allow to cool for several minutes.
Remove from microwave and cut open lengthwise.
Using a fork, scrap out contents (it will be stringy) into a bowl and set aside.
In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until just turning brown.
Add the tomato. Sprinkle with a bit of salt.
Top with the spinach leaves and cover for about 2 minutes. The spinach will cook and reduce down.
Uncover. Break up the spinach with a wooden spoon. It will start to clump together once cooked.
Add the spaghetti squash a little at a time and stir in. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Add parsley as a nice garnish and serve!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Vegetables, Pasta Sides
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free
Collection: Meatless Mondays
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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May 24, 2015 - Sharon Colyer shared this recipe with discussion group: Daughter's of the King.
Judy Wisniewski danalex2
Nov 2, 2014
I just bought my first spaghetti squash, this recipe sounds so easy and good. I never ate it, my husband is already whining why do we have to eat squash. Hopefully this will change his mind since it has all the ingredients he likes.
Christina Thrasher thrasher980011
Oct 31, 2013
This receipe sounds delicious! Is spaghetti squash supposed to be crunchy after it has been cooked? Both times it has turned out this way.
Cheri Stefanko Moncheri55
Oct 7, 2013
just What I'm Cookin For Dinner Tonight I have a Ripe one In The Fridge & wanted To Make It On The Very Health Side I've Cooked Spaggetti squash For years & So many Ways To Cook This Easy Health Dish and A PLUS Its A Good Glutin Free Dish Thank You For Shareing Julia & Congratulations On Yr Ribbin :)
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