Easy Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash
One of our new favorite side dishes for summer! Try this easy and super-delicious Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash for a much lower in fat and healthier dinner side dish.
We love eating squash and serving it to our families because squash is one of nature’s perfect foods. Low in fat and high in nutrients. This squash is also delicious because it has a milder flavor than other squash varieties so kids will also enjoy it as well!
Leftover squash heats up well, add it on the plate with your breakfast eggs or a side dish for lunch.
Try this easy and healthy side dish made with spaghetti squash
- 2 medium spaghetti squash
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
- salt & black pepper to taste
Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 400°F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Trim the top and bottom off each spaghetti squash to create a flat surface. Sit the squash upright and slice down the middle with a sharp knife. Scoop out the pulp and seeds with a spoon without piercing all the way through the squash. Reserve seeds and set aside to toast later, if desired.
Brush the edges and inside of each squash half with olive oil. Sprinkle each half with the garlic powder and season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
Place the squash cut side down on the prepared baking sheet and place in the pre-heated oven for 40 minutes, or until the squash is for fork tender.
Remove from oven and cool for several minutes. Once cool enough to handle, flip over the squash and carefully “shred” the inside with a fork to create spaghetti-like strands, leaving the shredded squash inside the squash shells.
Drizzle the melted butter over the spaghetti squash and top each with some Parmesan cheese. Place back into the oven until the cheese is melted and starts to brown.
Remove from oven and serve immediately with some freshly chopped parsley sprinkled on top. Enjoy!
What is Spaghetti Squash?
Spaghetti squash is a winter squash that is high in vitamin and minerals and tons of healthy fiber. It has a mild taste so it works well cooked with cheeses and sauces. This makes it a great substitute for pasta and a much lower in carb option.
Is Squash Lower in Calories and Carbs?
1 whole cup of cooked spaghetti squash is only 42 calories and 10 carbs making this squash a great option for weight loss in place of pasta. This squash is pretty much fat-free which makes it one of our favorite squash to prepare and eat!
Healthy Benefits of Including More Butternut Squash in Your Diet-
- Great Source of vitamin E and A which is awesome for your skin.
- Also includes vitamin B-6, thiamin, niacin, manganese and iron.
- Low in fat and calories.
- Full of healthy fiber.
Here are some of our favorite squash and side dish recipes:
How to cook and prepare Butternut Squash
How to make Butternut Squash Rice