Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes

Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes


  • 1 medium-sized spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves (for garnish)

For the Pesto:

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


Prepare the Spaghetti Squash:

  1. Preheat Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cut and Scoop:
    • Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and pulp using a spoon.
  3. Roast Squash:
    • Place the squash halves, cut side down, on a baking sheet. Roast in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the squash is tender and easily pierced with a fork.
  4. Scrape Squash Strands:
    • Once the spaghetti squash is cooked, use a fork to scrape the flesh into strands. Transfer the strands to a large serving bowl.

Make the Pesto:

  1. Prepare Ingredients:
    • In a food processor, combine fresh basil, grated Parmesan, pine nuts, and peeled garlic cloves.
  2. Blend into Pesto:
    • Pulse the ingredients while gradually adding olive oil until a smooth pesto consistency is achieved. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Assemble the Dish:

  1. Toss with Pesto:
    • Add the prepared pesto to the spaghetti squash strands. Toss until the squash is evenly coated with the pesto.
  2. Add Cherry Tomatoes:
    • Gently fold in the halved cherry tomatoes.
  3. Top with Toasted Pine Nuts and Parmesan:
    • Sprinkle the toasted pine nuts and additional grated Parmesan over the top of the spaghetti squash.
  4. Garnish and Serve:
    • Garnish with fresh basil leaves. Serve the Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes warm.


  • Toasting Pine Nuts: To toast pine nuts, place them in a dry skillet over medium heat. Stir frequently until they turn golden brown and emit a nutty aroma.
  • Customization: Feel free to customize the dish by adding grilled chicken, shrimp, or your preferred protein for a more substantial meal.

This Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes is a light, flavorful, and low-carb alternative to traditional pasta dishes. Enjoy the freshness of the basil pesto combined with the sweetness of cherry tomatoes!

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