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Spaghetti Squash Nests

If you're looking to add a new twist to your spaghetti squash recipes try these low carb spaghetti squash nests. Top with spaghetti sauce, meatballs, pesto, or even an egg! They're versatile and delicious!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie
Keyword: low carb, spaghetti, spaghetti squash
Servings: 12 nests
Calories: 58kcal


  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese plus more for topping
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley finely chopped (optional: additional for garnish)
  • 1 cup spaghetti sauce meat sauce, or meatball and sauce


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Carefully cut your spaghetti squash lengthwise. They are a very firm vegetable and this is the hardest part of this recipe. Then scoop out the seeds and discard.
  • Place your squash in a 9x13 dish and pour 1 cup of water in the bottom. This will help steam your spaghetti squash. Drizzle olive oil over the inside of your squash and season with salt and pepper. Then flip them over so the inside is face down in the water. Place in the oven for 35-45 minutes. Until your fork goes through the skin easily.
  • Remove from the oven and carefully flip them back over. Using a fork, scrape your spaghetti squash lengthwise pulling the squash down, giving you the spaghetti like noodles. Continue until you have pulled all the squash away from the skin. Next, line a bowl with a tea towel or heavy duty paper towel and transfer the squash to the bowl. Pat the squash with the towel to soak up any additional moisture. Remove the towel.
  • Add your parmesan cheese, mozzarella, egg, and parsley to the spaghetti squash and combine well. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Spray a regular size muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Using a spoon and your fingers, fill the muffin tin with your squash and create a little nest that has an indention in the middle. Then take a heaping TBSP of the sauce of your choice and fill the middle of the nest (or spoon in some sauce and place a meatball in the middle. Then sprinkle more mozzarella on top. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. Garnish with more parsley if desired.


The serving size for this recipe is 4 nests. Calorie and macronutrient information includes nests and spaghetti sauce. It does not include a meatball or any other topping you may add.


Serving: 1nest | Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 282IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg