This easy, kid-friendly and gluten-free spaghetti squash recipe is cheesy, earthy and super healthy. Serve this as a side or a main and watch it disappear before your eyes! This spaghetti squash recipe is a favorite among Pickled Plum readers!
Spaghetti Squash Recipe with Mushrooms and Parmesan
Sometimes the flavors of a creamy mushroom risotto call out to me. There’s nothing better than a spoonful of super umami rice and mushrooms. Unfortunately, eating risotto usually involves ingesting mammoth levels of butter – and leave me feeling like I swallowed a bowling ball. So I embarked on a mission to capture the flavors of risotto in a vegetable dish. I didn’t realize that I would create a spaghetti squash recipe so popular it would be shared over 300,000 times on Pinterest and receiving mentions from sites such as Bon Appetit, Lauren Conrad, Huffpost, Chowhound – and the list goes on! It’s always a good feeling when one of my recipes is loved by so many people, especially if I also love the dish as much as they do 🙂 .
The flavors in this spaghetti squash recipe are savory and very earthy, almost like that much loved mushroom risotto. However, instead of creamy grains of rice in this rustic style preparation, we’re substituting beautiful golden strands of squash which yield a satisfying crunch. Baking and scraping the spaghetti squash couldn’t have been easier! I’ll admit to previously (and laboriously)
hacking cutting squash into pieces before throwing them on a sheet tray, making the whole experience much more tiring than it ever needed to be. Well, never again! The secret is out; bake THEN cut your spaghetti squash to avoid slicing through the hard and waxy raw exterior!
And since I’ve written this post I’ve gotten into zapping spaghetti squash in the microwave for a faster result. I’ve got some good news to share; the texture is just as good and moist and instead of taking over an hour to bake, your spaghetti squash will be ready to scrape in just 10 minutes! So even though the prep and cook time says that this recipe will take you about an hour and a half to make, it can also be made in just under 20!
For a while there, a slew of spaghetti squash recipes made appearances on Pinterest and on some of my favorite food blogs, looking beautiful and mouthwatering. I wanted to give it a shot but had never cooked with spaghetti squash before. It looked complicated and too elaborate. I was comfortable in my butternut squash zone and secretly believed other gourd family members wouldn’t taste as good or be as easy to prepare. But a couple of weeks ago, I saw a recipe on Steamy Kitchen with step by step photos on how to work with spaghetti squash. That was enough to convince me to give it a try (thank you Jaden!). I’ve adapted the recipe by adding a few more ingredients and omitting the butter (to keep it a little lighter.)
Spaghetti squash may be very low in calories but it’s actually quite filling! Especially when prepared with meaty mushrooms and a good dose of Parmesan cheese. It’s a side dish that’s a little heavy so I would recommend serving your spaghetti squash “risotto” with a lighter dish. I’m certainly glad I’ve given spaghetti squash recipe a try since it’s absolutely delicious! The flavors are milder and not quite as sweet as butternut squash, which makes a great vehicle for ingredients that are more savory and umami based. It’s a wonderful addition to the menu!
This spaghetti squash with mushrooms and parmesan will keep refrigerated for up to 4-5 days. Just make sure you drain the water that will sit at the bottom of your container. Since spaghetti squash is quite watery, it will keep on releasing water the longer it sits there.
Other yummy spaghetti squash recipes:
- Spaghetti squash alfredo
- Spaghetti squash yakisoba style
- Spaghetti squash shrimp scampi
- Twice baked spaghetti squash with cheese
- Southwestern stuffed spaghetti squash
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