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Spaghetti Squash with Balsamic Vegetables and Toasted Pine Nuts Recipe

Spaghetti Squash with Balsamic Vegetables and Toasted Pine Nuts Recipe

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 30 minutes. —Deanna McDonald, Grand Rapids, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. YIELD: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


  • 1. Cut squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds. Place squash cut side down on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high 15-18 minutes or until tender.
  • 2. 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 8-10 minutes or until heated through.
  • 3. When squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to separate strands. Serve with bean mixture. Sprinkle with nuts. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional 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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Reviewed Mar. 24, 2018

"Made this dish and it was excellent. easy to make."

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2016

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

Reviewed 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!"

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014

"Amazing. Loved the balsamic and artichokes!"

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2012

"Spectacular! This is absolutely one of the best recipes I've ever made."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

"I loved this recipe. It was the first time my children had spaghetti squash, and they balked, but I will try it again and I think they will like it. The flavors were delicious. We followed the recipe as written. Thanks for a great recipe!"

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2012

"This recipe was easy and very tasty! Even my 16 year old son who hates everything asked for more!!"

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