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Sure, you could make this with real spaghetti.  But when spaghetti squash is so delicious and low in calories, why would you?

I had a spaghetti squash that I bought almost a week ago, plus remaining ingredients from my paninis earlier in the week.

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The squash cooks in the microwave for the same amount of time it takes to boil the noodles.  And there’s no pasta pot to clean!

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I added sautéed spinach, chopped roma tomatoes, and pesto, then warmed it all together in a skillet (this is only half the squash).

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If I still had ricotta I would have used that instead, but I substituted with cottage cheese – the protein and creaminess was perfect.

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High quality parmesan balanced out the cream cheese.

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The resulting mixture was placed back in the squash rind, topped with buffalo mozzarella (and a bit more pesto), then thrown into a hot oven for a few minutes.

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Spaghetti Squash Caprese

  • 1 spaghetti squash, cored and roasted (or microwaved)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp pesto, divided
  • 2 Tbsp freshly grated parmesan
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese (or ricotta)
  • 2 oz buffalo mozzarella, thinly sliced
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Shred squash, using a fork – save the rind.
  3. In a large skillet, lightly sauté spinach until wilted; stir in tomatoes.
  4. Add shredded squash & 2 Tbsp pesto to spinach mixture.  Toss to coat evenly.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in parmesan and basil.
  6. Carefully re-stuff the rinds with the squash mixture.
  7. Evenly distribue mozzarella slices on top of each half, then drizzle with remaining 2 tsp of pesto.
  8. Place directly on oven rack for 10-15 minutes, until cheese is melted.
Serves 4 (as a side).  Approximate nutrition (per serving): 160 calories, 12 grams carbs, 9 grams fat, 9 grams protein
I’m already looking forward to have leftovers for lunch today.

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PS – Thank you so much for all of your opinions and advice on deciding whether or not to run the half marathon.  I’ll keep you posted. <3

What is your favorite way to eat spaghetti squash?  Feel free to link a recipe!

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