Spaghetti Squash With Pesto & Shrimp
This healthy spaghetti squash recipe is served with a kale miso pesto and sautéed shrimp. It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and high in fibre and protein. All you need is 10 ingredients!
As much as I love regular spaghetti, sometimes a yummy spaghetti squash dish is just what I’m craving. There’s something so incredibly warming and nourishing about this winter squash that always hits the spot!
This pesto spaghetti squash with shrimp is packed with nutrition, like fibre, protein, and tons of micronutrients. As a dietitian, I always strive to share recipes that have a balance of nutrients to help you feel satisfied and energized from your meals.
This easy recipe is naturally gluten-free and dairy-free, but there are tons of ways you can modify this dish to suit your needs (or to use up what you have on hand). I share a bunch of recipe modification ideas below!
If you’ve never tried spaghetti squash before, I so hope you love it as much as I do!
Spaghetti Squash Nutrition
Spaghetti squash is a delicious winter squash that comes out in spaghetti-like strands. While it doesn’t exactly compare to pasta, I still love it for its taste and impressive nutrition profile!
Some of spaghetti squash’s health benefits:
- high in certain micronutrients like vitamin C, B6, manganese, niacin, and potassium
- rich in antioxidants (like beta-carotene and vitamin C), which helps to fight free radical damage to your body’s cells
- a GREAT source of dietary fibre, with a one-cup serving providing 9% of your daily needs (2.2 grams)
- Fibre plays an important role in promoting digestive health, lowering cholesterol, balancing blood sugar, and helping us feel satiated!
Shrimp is not only delicious and easy to cook with, it’s also packed with nutrition benefits, such as:
- an excellent source of high-quality, complete protein – a standard 3-ounce or 85-gram serving provides 18 grams
- a good source of micronutrients like selenium, B12, phosphorus, niacin, zinc, magnesium, and iron
- a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which support the health of your heart and brain
All you need to make this pesto spaghetti squash are 10 simple, healthy ingredients:
- spaghetti squash (medium to small size)
- shrimp (fresh or frozen)
- olive oil
- nutritional yeast
- miso paste
- hemp seeds (or another nut/seed works for pesto)
How To Cook Spaghetti Squash
Start by preheating your oven to 375F and lining a large baking sheet.
With a sharp chef’s knife, I like to cut off the ENDS of the squash first, so that you can stand it upright.
Then, cut down through the squash lengthwise until it separates into two halves. I find it helpful to use a dish towel to help push the sharp end of the knife down.
Flip the squash FACE SIDE DOWN onto the baking sheet, and place in the oven for about 30-40 minutes, depending on the size of the squash.
Once the squash is cooked and tender, remove from the oven. Flip the squash over and let cool for a few minutes.
With a regular kitchen fork, scrape the flesh out of the squash into spaghetti-like strands (see picture below).
At this point, your spaghetti squash is ready and you can simply toss it with the pesto and shrimp!
Recipe Modifications & Variations
There are many ways you can modify this spaghetti squash recipe to suit your needs, for instance:
You don’t need to use this particular kale pesto recipe. I have another recipe for a basil and hemp seed pesto that would work perfectly. Otherwise, you are more than welcome to use store-bought pesto!
For a vegan version, you can omit the shrimp and instead serve the pesto spaghetti squash alongside a vegan protein source. The pesto is already dairy-free.
Likewise, you could serve the pesto spaghetti squash alongside any animal protein too, like chicken or baked salmon.
Feel free to add in some other veggies here if you’d like. Sautéed cherry tomatoes, zucchini slices, or broccoli could work well!
If you want to serve this kale pesto and shrimp with regular pasta or zucchini noodles, you can do that too!
How To Store & Reheat Leftovers
They’ll keep for about 3-5 days and can easily be reheated in the microwave.
More Spaghetti Squash Recipes
- Mexican-Inspired Spaghetti Squash Boats
- Baked Spaghetti Squash With Tomato Sauce
- Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Casserole
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Get the Recipe: Spaghetti Squash With Pesto & Shrimp
- 1 med-small spaghetti squash
- 1 Tbsp olive oil (divided)
- Approx. 16 med-large shrimp, thawed, peeled + deveined
- Salt + pepper, to taste
- Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Brush insides of squash with 2 tsp olive oil and sprinkle with salt + pepper.
- Place spaghetti squash face-side down on baking sheet and bake in oven for 25-35 minutes, depending on size of squash.
- Meanwhile, make pesto by combining all pesto ingredients into a food processor. Blend until smooth and set aside.
- Then, heat a large pan over medium-high and add remaining 1 tsp of olive oil. Cook shrimp 1-2 minutes per side, until pink. Remove from heat.
- When spaghetti squash is cooked, remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. With a fork, scrape out the flesh of the squash into spaghetti-like strands. Top with pesto and shrimp and enjoy!
- You don’t need to use this particular kale pesto recipe. I have another recipe for a basil and hemp seed pesto that would work perfectly. Otherwise, you are more than welcome to use store-bought pesto!
- For a vegan version, you can omit the shrimp and instead serve the pesto spaghetti squash alongside a vegan protein source. The pesto is already dairy-free.
- Likewise, you could serve the pesto spaghetti squash alongside any animal protein too, like chicken or baked salmon.
- Feel free to add in some other veggies here if you’d like. Sautéed cherry tomatoes, zucchini slices, or broccoli could work well!
- If you want to serve this kale pesto and shrimp with regular pasta or zucchini noodles, you can do that too!
As a dietitian, I create recipes with whole food ingredients that provide the nutrients needed for optimal health. My nutrition philosophy does not focus on numbers; however, I understand that this information can be helpful.
Do note that the nutrition info provided is an estimate and I cannot guarantee correctness of the displayed values. These numbers will differ depending on brands used, recipe modifications, and amount eaten. If you require specific nutrition information due to medical reasons, please consult with your dietitian or physician.