Grain Free Garlic Basil Spaghetti
This spaghetti squash recipe is from my friend Megan Kelly. She has an incredible site Renewing All Things – Biblically Based Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle specializing in neurobiology, healing, and mental health. Enjoy this recipe!
If you enjoy recipes like this, you may be interested in my advanced nutrition and recipe book the Keto Metabolic Breakthrough.
Yield 3 Servings
1 Medium spaghetti squash
2 Cloves of garlic, minced
1 small tomato, sliced
1 handful basil, finely chopped
3 tbsps of grass-fed butter/ghee or extra virgin olive oil
Grated grass-fed cheese (optional)
Step #1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake spaghetti squash for 60 minutes, or until a paring knife pierces easily through skin with little resistance. Let cool for 10 minutes.
Step #2: Cut the squash in half, lengthwise and remove seeds.
Step #3: Use a fork to scrape the squash to get long, spaghetti-like strands.
Step #4: Heat pan with the butter and sauté garlic and tomato over medium-low heat for about 2 minutes.
Step #5: Toss basil, salt, pepper, and spaghetti squash, into garlic tomato mix.
Step #6: Sprinkle with cheese to taste. Add more butter to taste. I am not shy with the butter;)
***Nutritional info does not include optional ingredients.***
***The nutrition info for this recipe is based on the linked ingredients above**
Serving Size 2 cups
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 12 g
Total Carbohydrates 22 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Sugars 9 g
Protein 3 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Spaghetti squash is such an easy go-to dinner on nights I have no idea what to make. Cook, through some veggies, some spices, some coconut oil and BAM lunch/dinner with no thinking involved. Love that. This dish is a simple meal that is well paired with some grass fed beef or organic ground turkey. Mmmhmm.
Just so you can be fully satisfied with a huge plate of spaghetti without the guilt of traditional white pasta- check out what this squash has to offer:
- Spaghetti squash provides vitamins A, C, B-6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid and vitamin K.
- The vitamin A in the form of the carotenoids called alpha-carotene and beta-carotene. Carotenoids work as antioxidants that prevent cellular damage from free radicals and fight inflammation.
- The Vitamin C in spaghetti squash fights free radicals throughout the body. Vitamin C neutralizes free radicals so they cannot attach to cells and cause damage that leads to chronic illnesses.
- Spaghetti squash has calcium and potassium which helps replace old bone with new minerals to maintain strength.
Potassium is also a mineral that can carries an electrical charge through fluids in your body which sustains a regular heartbeat.
- Spaghetti squash contains a fair amount of fiber to help support a health digestive system.
Dr Jockers Comments:
This is a great low-carb pasta version that is great on a ketogenic healing diet. If you are unable to tolerate dairy you can use olive oil and keep off the cheese and make an avocado pesto to put on top.
If you have issues with nightshade veggies (tomato, potato, eggplant, peppers) than keep the tomato out of it. Other great herbs that you can add include oregano, thyme, rosemary and ginger.
If you are a pasta lover, make this regularly and create variations with the types of sauces, oils and pesto’s you use over it. Enjoy! If you are interested in more recipes and education on how to go grain-free and low-carb, be sure to check out our Sugar Detox program here