7 Delicious Spaghetti Squash Recipes ...

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Learning to make some spaghetti squash recipes is a great way to cut carbs in your diet!

Not only that, but an entire spaghetti squash only contains 165 total calories compared to 1 cup of pasta, which has 221 calories.

This makes it a great meal for those looking for a healthy alternative to heavy pasta dinners.

Does it taste just like pasta?

Well no, but it does take on the taste of whatever you cook it with and its consistency is similar to spaghetti.

So whether you've tried spaghetti squash before or you're trying it for the first time, here are 7 delicious spaghetti squash recipes to get you going!

1. Skinny Spaghetti Squash Alfredo

Skinny Spaghetti Squash Alfredo

First up on our list of spaghetti squash recipes is a surprisingly healthy dish!

Each spaghetti squash half is topped with a mouth-watering creamy mixture of milk, garlic, Parmesan and a tiny bit of butter.

Who says you need to cut out your favorite dishes to lose weight?

All you really had to do was find an alternative to pasta, and it turned out to be even more delicious!

Ingredients:

1 Spaghetti squash

1 Tbsp butter

3 cloves of garlic, finely minced

2 Tbsp flour

1 1/2 cups milk

1 Tbsp cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus 2 Tablespoons extra for topping

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper

Crushed red pepper flakes and fresh parsley, for optional garnish2

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

To prep the squash, cut in half using a large sharp knife, scoop out the seeds and place cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet covered with water.

Bake until tender, about an hour.

Once squash is cooked, use a fork to gently scrape the “spaghetti” strands into the center.

For the sauce, melt butter in a small pot over medium-low heat.2

Once hot, add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes.

Whisk in flour, cooking for another minute while stirring.

Whisk in milk until no lumps remain.

Once hot, add cream cheese and stir until smooth.

Remove from the heat.

Stir in Parmesan, salt and pepper.

Spoon sauce equally into each spaghetti squash half.

Gently pull up the spaghetti strands to coat as much as possible with the sauce.

Top with extra Parmesan and place under the broiler of your oven for 2-3 minutes, or until golden and bubbly.

Top each half with a pinch of red pepper flakes and fresh chopped parsley, if desired.

Serve hot.

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