You might get excited when winter squashes arrive in the grocery store. One of the most popular types of winter squash is spaghetti squash—the oval-shaped squash filled with noodle-like strands. It often gets paired with marinara sauce, but spaghetti squash can do *so* much more.
Here’s why you should embrace more spaghetti squash in your life: It’s a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and the mineral manganese. It’s also low in carbs and calories (so it can be helpful for a diabetic diet, for example). It’s also just plain delicious.
So if you want to enjoy more spaghetti squash in your life—but need some fresh ideas on how to eat it—squash your culinary boredom with these creative meals:
1. Spaghetti squash Pad Thai
Instead of the typical rice noodles, try Pad Thai with roasted spaghetti squash. Complete the dish with a lean protein like tofu or shrimp.
2. Spaghetti squash pizza
Use half of a roasted spaghetti squash as the base for your favorite pizza toppings—it’s like pizza in a bowl. (You already know that marinara pairs well with spaghetti squash, after all.)
3. Spaghetti squash burrito bowls
It’s like a Chipotle burrito bowl, but instead of rice, you get cozy and flavorful spaghetti squash. With all those hearty beans, you can keep this dish vegetarian to keep saturated fat low.
4. Spaghetti squash quiche
Spaghetti squash might not be the first thing that comes to mind when making quiche, but it’s not uncommon in Italy to throw leftover pasta in quiche and frittatas—so why not spaghetti squash?
5. Spaghetti squash fritters
If you like making zucchini fritters in July while summer squashes are everywhere, try spaghetti squash fritters when the weather gets a little colder.
6. Spaghetti squash pizza crust
Cauliflower crust is still the king of alternative pizza crusts, but its popularity has also opened the door to a number of veggie crust experiments. You can find pizza crust made from butternut squash, kale, broccoli—and of course, spaghetti squash.
7. Spaghetti squash tacos
Spaghetti squash in a taco? Why not! Season your roasted spaghetti squash with powerful spices like chili powder, cumin, and coriander, and you’ll have shredded bliss in each warm tortilla.
8. Spaghetti squash pho
Can’t get your hands on rice noodles? Try using spaghetti squash in the classic Vietnamese broth. It’s a good way to sneak more veggies in your diet while you’re craving warm and cozy soups.
Love these ideas, but not a fan of spaghetti squash? You can try many of these recipes with spiralized versions of other veggies. Here are 10 veggies you can turn into noodles.