Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan and Pine Nuts

Easy to bake and fun to eat, this tasty side dish gets a flavor boost from pine nuts, Parmesan and herbs.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 50 min
  • Servings 8


spaghetti squash
tablespoon butter
cup toasted pine nuts
cup grated Parmesan cheese
teaspoon dried basil leaves
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
Salt and pepper

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with foil. Set aside.
  • 2 Using sharp knife, cut squash in half lengthwise. Use spoon to remove seeds. Place squash halves cut sides down on cookie sheet.
  • 3 Bake until knife can be inserted with just a little bit of resistance, about 30 minutes.
  • 4 Cool slightly. Using fork, gently remove strands of cooked squash. Measure out 6 cups of the squash, and place in large bowl.
  • 5 Cut butter into small cubes, and add to warm squash. Stir in gently to melt butter. Add pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, basil and oregano. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Expert Tips

When removing the strands of squash, run the fork from stem to stem to get the longest strands.

Since an uncooked squash is harder to cut, you can cook the squash whole instead. Pierce the squash several times, and cook for about an hour at 375°F.