This tasty low carb spaghetti squash pasta is so easy you can make it in 5 minutes with already cooked ingredients or 20 minutes if you don’t. Tangy goat cheese, crunchy walnuts and crispy bacon add lost of flavor to this gluten free pasta dish!
You might also like this low carb coconut basil spaghetti squash & shrimp recipe.
It’s a new year and that means making low carb recipes that are also quick and easy like this low carb spaghetti squash with goat cheese & walnuts. Start to finish it only takes 20 minutes. If you already have the bacon and spaghetti squash cooked (like I did) it only takes about 5 minutes! This gluten free pasta recipe is full of flavor from the goat cheese to the bacon. So Let’s go make it!
Is spaghetti squash low carb or keto?
Spaghetti squash is a great alternative to pasta but it does have carbs. A cup of cooked spaghetti squash has 41.9 calories, 10g carbs and 2.2g of fiber . Therefore it has 7.9g of net carbs per cup.
I like to make it with low carb ingredients so that you can have a smaller portion and still get that pasta experience. So in my opinion spaghetti squash is low carb and keto but you have to watch how much you eat of it.
Easiest way to cook spaghetti squash
I like to make spaghetti squash in the Instant Pot because you can do so in just in 5 minutes. I like to stack 4 halves of clean, seeded spaghetti squash along with a cup of water and pressure cook for 5 minutes. Quickly release the pressure when it’s done and that’s all.
You can also make spaghetti squash in the microwave. Just cook the cleaned and seeded spaghetti squash halves for 12-15 minutes until fork tender. Either way you make it, try to make a bunch at one time because you can use it for so many dishes. I have even frozen spaghetti squash for later use.
Spaghetti Squash with Goat Cheese Recipe
If you are starting from scratch, i.e. not cooked bacon or spaghetti squash, start by cooking the bacon in a large pan. While that is going, cook the spaghetti squash in the microwave until fork tender.
Take out the bacon and saute the garlic and spaghetti squash. Then add in the spinach, goat cheese and bacon. Carefully toss and then serve.
Notes about this recipe
- first of all watch your portion size if you are watching carbs
- if you have the spaghetti squash and bacon cooked you can whip this up in about 5 minutes
- you might not need to use the olive oil if your bacon produces enough grease
other low carb spaghetti squash recipes
I have many low carb spaghetti squash recipes on this blog such as:
- skillet spaghetti squash pizza
- low carb breakfast casserole
- garlic shrimp and basil pasta
- shrimp pasta prima vera
Hope you like this as much as I do. It’s so easy to make and VERY filling in my opinion. The nutritional information for 1 serving is:
230 cals / 18.7g fat / 9.4g carbs / 2.2g fiber / 8g protein = 7.2g net carbs
Low Carb Spaghetti Squash with Goat Cheese & Walnuts
This tasty low carb spaghetti squash pasta is so easy you can make it in 5 minutes with already cooked ingredients or 20 minutes if you don't. Tangy goat cheese, crunchy walnuts and crispy bacon add lost of flavor to this gluten free pasta dish!
- 4 pieces bacon
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 3 cups spaghetti squash, cooked
- 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 2 oz goat cheese
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (optional)****
Heat up a large saute pan and cook your bacon. When done, take out the bacon and add in the garlic and spaghetti squash.
Cook for a minute or two. If you feel the squash needs more oil, add in the olive oil now. If you bacon is leaner you might need it but if you used fattier bacon you may not.
Next take off the stove and toss in spinach, walnuts and goat cheese.
Top with crumbled bacon and serve.
***if your bacon is fatty and produces alot of grease you can skip the olive oil.