Bacon Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

Mar 12, 2019 | Food, Side Dishes & More, Thanksgiving

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Looking for a delicious side dish to any meal that is not only easy but good for you? Spaghetti squash is an extremely versatile vegetable that is low in carbohydrates and calories, contains no fat or cholesterol, and is packed with vitamins and minerals! This makes it the perfect food if you are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Honestly though, while I love that spaghetti squash is good for you, I look forward to it because of how amazing it tastes.

Don’t get discouraged by the extensive cooking time for this recipe, it really is one of the easiest side dishes to make. The majority of the cooking time is in the oven so once that step is done the dish comes together quickly. If you want you can bake the squash ahead of time and reheat it when you are ready to make this dish, just add 3-4 minutes to the saute time to make sure your squash is heated through.

Parmesan Bacon Spaghetti Squash

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Cooling Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 4
Calories: 168kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Each Spaghetti Squash Medium
  • 1 Cooking Spray
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Pepper Freshly Ground
  • 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 4 Ounces Bacon Finely Chopped
  • 4 Cloves Garlic Finely Chopped
  • 1 Each Shallot Finely Chopped
  • 4 Springs Thyme Fresh
  • 1/8 Tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese Grated

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Cut 2 small slits on each side of the spaghetti squash.  Microwave for 4 minutes.  Let cool until the squash is easy to handle.
  • Cut spaghetti squash in half and scoop out all the seeds.  Place on a baking sheet skin side down.
  • Lightly spray each half with cooking spray.  Evenly spread half of the salt and pepper and all of the cayenne and garlic powder to the squash.  Add 1 spring of thyme to each half and bake for 35-45 minutes.  You will know when the squash is done when you can poke the inside with a fork and the strands will pull easily but are still firm in shape.
  • While the spaghetti squash is cooling, add bacon to a deep saute pan and cook until brown.  Remove the bacon and place on a paper towel to absorb excess grease but leave as much of the drippings in the pan as you can.  
  • While bacon is cooking, gently use a fork and scrap out the insides of the spaghetti squash.  Set aside.
  • Add garlic, shallots, remaining thyme, and crushed red pepper to the pan.  Cook for 4-5 minutes on medium heat until the garlic and shallots are translucent.  Add spaghetti squash, salt, and pepper.  Cook for 5 minutes, mixing well.
  • Once spaghetti squash is heated through it is ready to eat.  Top with bacon and grated Parmesan cheese.  Enjoy!

Notes

  • Typically I prefer shredded Parmesan cheese over grated but for this recipe the grated makes a big difference in the taste of the dish.
  • This dish makes wonderful leftovers.  Simply microwave or reheat in a pan the next day.  I would recommend keeping the bacon separate until you are ready to eat because it will get soggy if premixed with the squash.
  • If you don’t have fresh thyme you can substitute with 1/4 tsp dried thyme during the baking process and just skip the thyme during the saute steps.  You can also experiment based on what you have on hand.  I get a lot of fresh herbs from my garden and I’ve loved this recipe with thyme, oregano, and rosemary.  
  • Looking to make this vegetarian?  No problem!  Just omit the bacon and use either olive oil to saute or a little vegetable stock for a low fat/calorie option.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 4Portions | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 375mg | Potassium: 68mg | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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