Once you try an amazing spaghetti squash low carb pasta alternative, your life will never be the same. Okay, that’s a bit dramatic but it’s kinda true! Spaghetti squash is my favorite veggie low carb pasta alternative because it’s so easy!
Why is Spaghetti Squash a Good Carb Alternative?
Spaghetti squash is a great low carb alternative because of its high nutritional value. Unlike traditional pasts, squash is also rich in B and C vitamins. In addition, it takes very little effort to make it look like “noodles”! Unlike other veggie alternatives, this one looks like pasta all on it’s own! The only thing you need to do is bake, and pull out your amazing low carb “pasta”. No special tools or extra effort required!
How do you Cut a Spaghetti Squash in half?
This is the question I get the most from family and friends after they try my spaghetti squash low carb pasta alternative! Cooking spaghetti squash couldn’t be easier! In fact the hardest part is cutting the squash in half! If you struggle with cutting it in half here is a trick! Carefully stick a sharp knife into the squash and make a deep one inch cut on both sides. Place the squash in the microwave for 20 seconds. Allow it to cool and then attempt to cut the squash. That little trick should make it super easy to cut in half length wise!
How do you Cook Spaghetti Squash?
Now that you made it through the hard part, keep reading to see how to cook the perfect spaghetti squash low carb pasta alternative!
1 large spaghetti squash (2 to 3 pounds)
2 teaspoons olive or avocado oil
1/2 yellow onion
2 cups of tomato sauce
Salt, oregano, thyme, and pepper to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cut squash in half and coat insides of squash with a thin layer of oil and sea salt.
3. Bake squash cut side down on lined sheet pan in oven for approximately 60 – 90 minutes at 350 degrees.
4. Let the squash cool, then flip over and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.
5. Use a fork to gently scrape out the squash flesh (your pasta) into a large bowl.
From here you can use your spaghetti squash low carb pasta alternative, as you would most pastas! However, my go to use is for spaghetti! I typically portion out my spaghetti squash into glass containers using my scale to make even portions. From there I like to layer my spaghetti sauce on top and use it as an easy meal prep throughout the week! Feel free to add ground turkey or mushrooms into your sauce for extra protein and flavor!