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Spaghetti Squash with Balsamic Vegetables and Toasted Pine Nuts

The veggies can be prepped while the squash is in the microwave, so I can have a satisfying low-carb and low-fat meal on the table in about half an hour. —Deanna McDonald, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 4 pounds)
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 small red onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (14 ounces) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and halved
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted


  • Cut squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds. Place squash cut side down on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high until tender, 15-18 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, saute carrots and onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in beans, tomatoes, artichokes, zucchini, vinegar, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through, 8-10 minutes.
  • When squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to separate strands. Serve with bean mixture. Sprinkle with nuts.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup bean mixture with 2/3 cup squash and 4 teaspoons nuts: 275 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 510mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 10g fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat, 1 lean meat.
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  • Michele
    Sep 15, 2020

    Absolutely delicious and very tasty! Easy to make!

  • scsvatek
    Jan 7, 2020

    We loved this recipe. My family loves spaghetti squash already and we were looking for something new. Took longer to make than the stated prep time, but otherwise it was great.

  • Joann
    Mar 24, 2018

    Made this dish and it was excellent. Easy to make.

  • kmpatch
    Jun 21, 2017

    This is easy to execute, but it took me longer than 30 minutes with all the prep. I'll remember to prep the vegetables early next time to speed things along. I might add another can of tomatoes to make it a little saucier, but it's excellent as written.

  • juicyfruit007
    Mar 9, 2016

    This was ok, but I didn't like it nearly as well as I thought I would.

  • mjstarrs
    Oct 5, 2015

    This Recipe was super yummy and easy! I had never had spaghetti squash and was searching for a way to make it. I didn't even have the beans, zucchini, or thyme and still loved it!

  • chand002
    Jan 5, 2014

    Amazing. Loved the balsamic and artichokes!

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