Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

This Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash is one of the tastiest spaghetti squash recipes out there. And not only is it crazy good, but it’s a great vegetarian side dish that’s easy to make, and makes a beautiful presentation to boot.

Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

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Why This Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash Is About To Change Your Mind On Spaghetti Squash Recipes

As someone who has lived a keto lifestyle for quite some time now, I can tell you that one of the hardest things to give up is pasta–but not any longer!

One of the best tasting low carb pasta options I’ve found is spaghetti squash. This Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash recipe has to be one of the best pasta substitute dishes I’ve ever had!

If you’ve never tried spaghetti squash before, prepare for a deliciously unique experience. It has a very neutral flavor to it. That makes it the perfect vessel for flavorful dishes like this Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash recipe!

I’ve always loved the flavor combination of garlic and parmesan, and this dish really accentuates their flavor profiles!

With the addition of the nutty flavor of the almonds, the earthiness of the spinach, and the slight heat from the red pepper, this is easily one of the best spaghetti squash recipes you’ll find!

Now that you know how tasty this Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash recipe is, let’s get into how simple this recipe is to make. Not only is it easy to prep the dish, but thanks to the Instant Pot the cooking of this recipe is quick and painless. No need to babysit a boiling pot, Spaghetti Squash in the Instant Pot

Should I Make Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash?

First, let me tell you WHY you should use your Instant Pot for making Spaghetti Squash. I find that the biggest problem I face with spaghetti squash is cutting through the really tough skin. I have come dangerously close to slicing my fingers off more than once.

When my hands are flared with Rheumatoid Arthritis, I also find it nearly impossible to slice through it.

The advantage of cooking spaghetti squash, or really any hard-skinned winter squash in a pressure cooker, is that you do not need to slice it before cooking. Yup. You read that right.

If you want complete instructions on how to cook the spaghetti squash, check out my Easy Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash Recipe!

How To Make Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

  1. Follow the directions above to cook your spaghetti squash.
  2. Empty out the Instant Pot and wipe it dry.
  3. Press Sauté. When the pot is hot, add oil. To the hot oil, add garlic, red pepper, and slivered almonds or pinenuts. Toast for 1 minute without letting the garlic burn. Add in the spinach and salt and stir. You can also do this in a skillet on the stovetop.
  4. Add in the spaghetti squash and mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  5. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese just before serving.

How Many Net Carbs Are In Spaghetti Squash?

Well, it depends on how much you eat. With the high fat and protein content, you should feel full with less than you would imagine.

One cup of spaghetti squash only has 5.5g of net carbs! Don’t let the overall carb count intimidate you. It is packed with fiber, which brings the net carb count down to a totally acceptable low carb level.

Tips And Tricks For Making Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

  • Don’t skimp on flavorings. This recipe is all about the flavored oil and the cheese, so don’t skimp on either.
  • Double up. I ask you to use half the squash in this recipe, but of course, you can always use all of it and double all the other ingredients.
  • Tips and Tricks. See the notes above on how to make Spaghetti squash in your Instant Pot. It’s got a lot of tips and tricks that will make this easier for you.

Variations On This Delicious Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash Recipe

  • Use pine nuts instead of almonds
  • Add ½ cup of cranberries to the hot oil along with the garlic and red peppers
  • Add roasted cherry tomatoes to the finished dish
  • Use feta cheese instead of shredded parmesan.
  • Add ¼ cup of chopped fresh basil along with the spaghetti squash.
  • Add tomatoes or cranberries. You can also add cherry tomatoes or cranberries to this recipe for a little pop of color and taste.

Is Spaghetti Squash Healthy?

Spaghetti squash actually has many health and dietary benefits. One of the main benefits is how low carb it is in comparison to pasta. One cup of spaghetti squash yields only 7 grams of carbs, with 1.5 grams of that being dietary fiber. That means only 5.5g of net carbs per cup!

In contrast, regular spaghetti has a staggering 43 grams of carbs, with only 2.5 grams being dietary fiber. That’s over 6 times the amount of carbs as spaghetti squash!

And just because you’re not living a low carb lifestyle doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the health benefits spaghetti squash as well. People of all dietary walks of life enjoy spaghetti squash as a healthy alternative to pasta! It’s also low in calories, high in vitamin C and high dietary fiber.

Can You Freeze Spaghetti Squash?

Yes! It’s hard for us to eat a whole squash before it goes bad, so we’re practically pros at freezing them. Put the strands into a ziptop bag, and squash the bag flat. Not only does this make for easier stacking in the refrigerator, but it also helps the squash defrost more evenly than if you had a large hunk o’ squash.

Spaghetti Squash FAQ’s

How Can You Tell If A Spaghetti Squash Is Still Good?

As long as it is not discolored or soft in spots, your squash is still good.

Can I make Spaghetti Squash in the Instant Pot?

As you see from this post, it is totally possible, and in fact, is a lot easier than trying to find a pot large enough for your stovetop.

Why Is My Spaghetti Squash Bitter?

Usually, this is about environmental stressors such as lack of water, drastic changes in temperatures, and sometimes soil content. There’s not a lot a cook can do about that sadly.

Is Spaghetti Squash truly low carb?

That’s one of the most commonly asked questions. Since spaghetti squash is so high in fiber, it makes it a delicious low carb option.

Looking For More Great Vegetarian Instant Pot Recipes? Check These Recipes Out!

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Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

So the next time you get the craving for a spaghetti dish, save yourself the calories and carbs and make this delightful vegetarian Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash recipe! And make sure to share this recipe with your friends on Pinterest and Facebook so they can enjoy it as well!

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Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan

This Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash is one of the tastiest spaghetti squash recipes out there! Not only is it crazy good, but it’s easy to make as well!

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Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Resting Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 29 minutes

Course: Main Course, Side Dishes

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash, Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash, Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

Servings: 4

Calories: 333kcal

Author: Urvashi Pitre
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Using the tip of a sharp, short knife, pierce the spaghetti squash in 7-8 places.

  • Put 1.5 cups of water into the Instant Pot. Place a steamer rack into the pot. Place the pierced spaghetti squash on the rack.
  • Close the lid and set the Instant Pot to cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 7 minutes. At the end of the cooking time, allow the pot to rest undisturbed for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the squash and cut it open lengthwise, so that you can have long spaghetti-like strands. Put away half for another use.

  • Drag a fork along the squash to get long strands of spaghetti squash. Measure out 4 cups and set the rest aside for another use (like eating all the time at any excuse.) Save the squash shell since you will be serving your elegant creation in it.

  • Empty out the Instant Pot and wipe dry.
  • Press Sauté. When the pot is hot, add oil. To the hot oil, add garlic, red pepper, and slivered almonds or pine nuts. Toast for 1 minute without letting the garlic burn. Add in the spinach and salt and stir.

  • Add in spaghetti squash.

  • Sprinkle with parmesan cheese just before serving.

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Tips And Tricks For Making Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

  • Don’t skimp on flavorings. This recipe is all about the flavored oil and the cheese, so don’t skimp on either.
  • Double up. I ask you to use half the squash in this recipe, but of course, you can always use all of it and double all the other ingredients.
  • Tips and Tricks. See the notes above on how to make Spaghetti squash in your Instant Pot. It’s got a lot of tips and tricks that will make this easier for you.

Variations On This Delicious Spaghetti Squash Recipe

  • Use pine nuts instead of almonds
  • Add ½ cup of cranberries to the hot oil along with the garlic and red peppers
  • Add roasted cherry tomatoes to the finished dish
  • Use feta cheese instead of shredded parmesan.
  • Add ¼ cup of chopped fresh basil along with the spaghetti squash.
  • Add tomatoes or cranberries. You can also add cherry tomatoes or cranberries to this recipe for a little pop of color and taste.

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Nutrition

Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 25g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g

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Originally Published November 4, 2019

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