4 Unexpected Ways to Use Spaghetti Squash

posted: 10/19/16
by: Blythe Copeland

Spaghetti squash gets its name from way the center pulls out into long, pasta-like strands after it's cooked -- and most recipes for the golden fall gourd involve simple substituting it for pasta in your favorite Italian dishes (think: tossed with garlic and herbs, as a bed for marinara and meatballs, or as a vessel for lasagna boats). But spaghetti squash is more versatile than the name suggests: Try it in one of these unexpected ways.

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    Baked Eggs in Spaghetti Squash Nests

    Lacey at A Sweet Pea Chef describes these baked eggs in spaghetti squash nests as “like eggs with hash browns had a baby with muffins.” She lines the bottom and sides of a muffin tin with cooked spaghetti squash, bakes until crispy, and then cooks an egg in each. They take about 40 minutes to make fresh, but also can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

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    Mock Coconut Pie

    A squash pie may sound unappetizing — until you remember how well it works for pumpkin. In this mock coconut pie recipe fromAllRecipes , spaghetti squash stands in for coconut and butter, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon add a sweet, rich finish for a surprisingly well-reviewed dessert.

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    Pizza Crust

    Though replacing your pizza crust with spaghetti squash won’t give you exactly the same result, this carb-free alternative is a healthy option and an easy way to boost your vegetable intake for the day. Emma at A Beautiful Mess used cooked squash combined with egg, cayenne, oregano, and salt to form the base for a homemade cheese pizza. Add your favorite sauce, cheese, and toppings and cook until the crust begins to brown around the edges.

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    Burrito Bowls

    Using half a squash as the base for a bowl or boat is a common technique — but usually they’re filled with a combination of tomato sauce, cheese, and other pizza- or pasta-inspired ingredients. But spaghetti squash is also a tasty way to replace the rice in your favorite burrito bowl, as Brita Britnell does in this recipe. Cook the squash, remove the inner flesh, and mix it with black beans, onions, peppers, and spices; then put the mixture back in the shell, top with cheese, and bake until melted.