This easy, low carb Alfredo Spaghetti Squash is a comforting, satisfying meal on its own or as a side dish!
HOW TO COOK SPAGHETTI SQUASH
This is one of the easiest and best methods for cooking a fabulous low carb vegetable like spaghetti squash! Depending on the size of your squash, times will vary, but for the most part, you can use this fool proof method for cooking spaghetti squash to get the most tender strands! These tender spaghetti like strands are the perfect low carb substitution for your typical pasta!
- PREHEAT your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet pan with parchment.
- SLICE your spaghetti squash from stem to tail, lengthwise.
- DRIZZLE olive oil over each half of the squash then run all over from center to edges of the squash.
- SPRINKLE with a bit of sea salt.
- FLIP over onto the baking pan so that the squash is cut side down.
- BAKE for 1 hour if the squash is at least 2 pounds. If you have a smaller squash less then 2 pounds, bake for 30-45 minutes.
- TEST FOR DONENESS: Flip over and use a fork to see if you can easily scrape the strands without much effort at all. If not, return to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes until you can test again.
That is it! Add to any recipe calling for spaghetti, enjoy with any main dish or add my Alfredo sauce recipe below to make it even more decadent and delicious!
CAN I ADD CHICKEN?
Absolutely you can add any protein to this creamy Alfredo spaghetti squash recipe! If you have any left over cooked chicken, that would be very simple to just heat up in your skillet after cooking the Alfredo sauce in the pan. You could also try using ground beef or ground chicken or even turkey. I would suggest making sure you have at least one pound of cooked protein then stir it into the Alfredo sauce and spaghetti squash so you can evenly divide it into each half and enjoy a complete meal!
IS SPAGHETTI SQUASH KETO?
Spaghetti squash is a wonderful alternative for replacing traditional high carb spaghetti in your favorite dishes. It can most certainly be enjoyed on a ketogenic diet when you are mindful of portion sizes. You can see the nutritional info below. While it is a higher carb vegetable than something like zucchini, it is still a good option when you want a perfect substitute for spaghetti.
Spaghetti Squash Nutrition
- Serving Size: 1 cup (155g)
- Calories: 76
- Fat: 4g
- Carbohydrates: 7g (Net Carbs: 5.5g)
- Fiber: 2.5g
- Protein: 1g
Zucchini Noodles are also another option but they can be much thicker and not as fine and light as using spaghetti squash. According to the USDA nutrient database, one cup of sliced zucchini contains 19 calories, 1.5 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fiber, and 3 grams of sugar. You could use zucchini noodles to make this Alfredo recipe if you prefer.
Other zucchini noodle recipes you might like:
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LOW CARB ALFREDO SPAGHETTI SQUASH
Alfredo Spaghetti Squash
- 21 ounces spaghetti squash (about a 2 pound squash)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ cup butter, plus 1 tablespoon divided
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon white pepper
- 2 ounces parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
- 2 slices bacon, cooked crisp, chopped
- fresh parsley, chopped
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Slice your spaghetti squash lengthwise from stem to tail and scrape out the seeds. Place on a parchment lined baking pan. Drizzle a half tablespoon of olive oil onto each half of the squash and rub it all over with your fingers. Sprinkle some sea salt into each half. Flip the squash over ,cut side down, on the pan. Bake for 1 hour.
- Once out of the oven, let cool until you can handle it. Using a form scrape from the sides down to the center of each half and remove "spaghetti" to a bowl. Your shell should be hollow if you scraped as much of the spaghetti as you could. Set aside to make the Alfredo sauce.
- Bring ¼ cup of the butter, the cream and garlic to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and stir in the egg yolk until well incorporated.
- Stir in the onion powder, salt and pepper. continue to simmer stirring, until the sauce thickens, about 15 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese, the remaining tablespoon of butter, and any optional ingredients if desired.
- Once your sauce is done, toss in the spaghetti squash and stir to combine well. Divide in half and spoon back into the empty squash shells to serve. Top with optional crispy bacon and fresh chopped parsley.
- Storage: Keep any left overs in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.