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Homemade Paleo Spaghetti (Squash) Recipe

Chef Dan Catanio , On February 15, 2021


Paleo Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Paleo Spaghetti Recipe Description

Indulge in a healthy, paleo meal recipe that emulates one of the great classics. This roasted spaghetti squash recipe transforms a robust squash into tender, flavorful noodles with just a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of herbs, and a brief roast in the oven. You’ll have a paleo alternative to traditional pasta that’s both delicious and nutritious. The natural stringy texture of the squash mimics traditional noodles, while the addition of your favorite seasonings (for example… cajun seasoning) turn them into a dish you’ll want on a weekly basis. In under an hour, you’ll have a satisfying, veggie-packed dish that’s perfect on its own or paired with your favorite protein. It’s a delightful way to enjoy a health-conscious meal without compromising on taste.

Ingredients for this Paleo Spaghetti Recipe

Spaghetti Squash Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients needed for paleo spaghetti.

  • Spaghetti Squash – 1 Medium or Large
  • Olive Oil – 1-2 Tbsp
  • Black Pepper – ½ tsp
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • Other Seasonings: As desired
  • Parsley: Garnish

Kitchen Tools For This Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Spaghetti Squash Recipe Tools

Kitchen Tools needed for this paleo spaghetti recipe.

  • Baking tray
  • Pastry Brush
  • Spoon or Fork
  • Knife

Step-by-Step Cooking Directions for Paleo Spaghetti:

  1. Begin by washing the exterior of the spaghetti squash with cold water. You will slice the squash in half, longways. Before doing so, properly secure your cutting surface, if need be, by setting a damp towel under your cutting board. Take care and use a sharp chef’s knife to perform this cut. You may elect to use a smaller size spaghetti squash if you think you’ll have trouble slicing a large squash.
    Spaghetti Squash Cut in Half

    Slice the spaghetti squash down the middle.

  2. Preheat your oven to 350º. Next, remove the seeds. Using your metal spoon, scrape the inner cavity of the squash, clearing out the seeds and connective tissue; dispose of this material. Some of the stringy squash interior will remain; this is normal and does not have to be removed in its entirety.
    Spaghetti Squash Removing Seeds

    Remove the seeds and their connective membrane.

  3. Using a pastry brush, apply a thin coat of olive oil to the interior surfaces of the squash. This helps to reduce dryness and eliminate burning while roasting, while providing a suitable surface to apply your seasonings. Modestly season the squash with herbs and spices of your choice, but do not over-season.
    Spaghetti Squash Brushing Oil

    Brush the oil on lightly with a pastry brush.

  4. Prepare your baking sheet or tray by placing a sheet of foil or parchment first. Place the squash halves with its inside down onto your baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Fully cooked spaghetti squash will be totally soft, and should develop nice browning along the interior flesh.
    Spaghetti Squash Cooking in Oven

    Squash halves on a roasting rack in the oven.

  5. Your roasted spaghetti squash should be fully cooked, soft, and ready for pulling. With oven mitts, remove your baking sheet from the oven, and place on a trivet. If you do not have a trivet, you may use a wood cutting board, or kitchen towel on a heat-safe surface.
    Spaghetti Squash Roasted

    Pull out the squash when it begins to brown.

  6. Allow the cooked spaghetti squash to cool for about 10 minutes. Wash your hands. Then, with a spoon or fork, scrape the insides to pull the tender squash interior off the rind. You should immediately notice its stringy texture, like noodles. You may transfer these noodles to a large bowl or container. Taste the noodles, and add seasoning to your liking, mixing throughout.
    Spaghetti Squash Pulling with Spoon

    Use a fork or spoon to scrape the bottom and let the strings come out.

  7. Your paleo spaghetti is now suitable to serve and enjoy. You may eat it simply, with just a few seasonings. You may also refrigerate or freeze these spaghetti squash noodles to use at a later date. The taste is fresh enough to serve as a side salad, and robust enough to be complimented by various sauces.
    Spaghetti Squash Plated with Garnish

    Serve and Enjoy this spaghetti squash recipe.

Sides & Suggestions for Paleo Spaghetti

Enjoy this spaghetti squash recipe seasoned to your liking. This spaghetti squash recipe goes especially well served with a shredded chicken breast, a skirt steak or a protein of your choice. We know sticking to a paleo diet can be hard, so if you need help, you can try paleo meals delivered direct to your doorstep for ultra ease and convenience.

Chef Dan Catanio

A Culinary Institute of America graduate from the 1990s, Chef Dan began his career as a saucier at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan under the Hilton Corporation. Over the years, he has held key positions such as Corporate Executive Chef Director at 5-star restaurants, country clubs, and Indian Casino Resorts.