Spaghetti Squash As A Pasta Substitute

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I thought about titling this “Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti” but that seemed way too redundant even though that’s what this post is about! I have become a work-out fiend lately and since I’ve started that I have begun counting all my calories using MyFitnessPal. So, I’m always looking for ways to make really yummy meals that are homemade and pretty healthy. I got a large spaghetti squash in my last Bountiful Baskets order that I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with. As I was putting together my monthly meal plan, I came across a pin I had about using spaghetti squash in the place of regular pasta. So, that’s what prompted me to try it out.

I got my instructions here. She mentioned that you can microwave your spaghetti squash, but I prefer to use my oven when I have the time to. I’ve done my baked potatoes in the microwave and, while they’re good, they just don’t taste quite as good as an oven-baked potato, so I figured this might be the same thing.

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I cut the squash in half and then cleaned out all the seeds. Next, I preheated the oven to 350 F and laid the squash halves face-down.

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I baked them for 35 minutes until the squash were soft. After they were done baking I scraped out the innards and they were, lo and behold, just like spaghetti. I guess I shouldn’t have been so surprised since it’s right there in the name but I still was! I took a quick taste and it was very similar to al dente pasta. I was super excited to get the meal all put together to see how it tasted.

I made my turkey meatballs and used Classico Tomato and Basil pasta sauce to top it all off. It was delish! I don’t think I’ll ever want to use regular pasta again! I calculated the breakdown of calories, carbs, and fat for each of these items. The entire meal was 314 calories. Pretty dang good if you ask me! With regular pasta it would have been 503 calories.

Spaghetti Squash Breakdown (per 1/2 cup serving)

– 21 calories, 5 g carbs, 0 g fat

Linguine Pasta Breakdown (per 1/2 cup serving)

-210 calories, 41 g carbs, 1 g fat

Like I said, I love finding ways to save on my calories where I can and substituting spaghetti squash for regular pasta is a great way to do that as well as being extremely healthy for you. Hope y’all enjoy!

*I am not a nutritionist or any kind of expert, I just use MyFitnessPal as a tool to help me in my journey to become a more healthy and fit individual. All the numbers I get come from their database.

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