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Garlic Spaghetti Squash with Herbs

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Me and spaghetti squash, sitting in a tree.

This is exactly how I like to eat my veggies: tossed with sauteed garlic, toasted pine nuts, fresh herbs, and a handful of grated Gruyère cheese. I mean, honestly. The combination of delicate flavors and textures is Must Have More Now. And at the moment, I can't think of anything more vegetarianly awesome than these things on a plate sitting in front of me today right around lunchtime. Happening.

But before we launch into spaghetti squash and herbs and cheese and pine nuts and cookbook giveaways (weeee!), Bjork and I have another kitchen update for you involving walls and mismatched wood floors.

Kitchen Update (2 MINs):

The floors. Yeah, about that.

We knew they were going to be a little off, and we actually decided on that intentionally to avoid a complete re-do of the floors throughout our whole house. For the record, we will re-do the entire wood floor in our house SOMEDAY so that the woods will match in terms of color and tone and finish and everything. But the day that the floor guy came last month to talk through the options and give us the estimate also happened to be the day that we reached the tipping point of saying yes to everything. Yes, new appliances. Yes, custom cabinets. Yes, additional lighting. Yes, soft close drawers because it's the one thing that Bjork actually has an opinion about.

And then the floor guy came, and we started talking about redoing the floors throughout the entire house - like, living room, bedrooms, and dining room because it's all the same hardwood - and then it became time to start saying no. Or maybe that happened a long time ago? Too late, friends. Too late.

Along with that, I am completely in love with the deep, antiqued, rich color of the hardwood floors the way they are right now -> check out the full house pics ovah heeyah. That was one of the things we loved about the house when we bought it. So why would we go through all the stress of moving every last shred of furniture out of our house and into some kind of storage pod and redoing the entire floors throughout the house if we actually LIKE what we have now? (Answer: to make the floors match. Fine. But still.)

I know you get this, and I know you won't judge our mismatchy for the first year or two of the new Yum Sweet Kitchen because you are kind friends. I heart your selves.

Squash and pine nuts.

Okay, okay.

Food blog.

This is a food blog. About, like, food and stuff.

I'm going to get really honest with you about spaghetti squash. The last time I made my own version of spaghetti squash, it was so, so, so bad. Capital B to the AD. I think I tried to get really healthy, which is the cause of 99% of my recipe fails. It's these moments that teach me valuable lessons, like no you should NOT make frosting out of bananas. Ever. If you have three seconds, you might want to gain some insight on what not to do by studying my previous fails in the tried-to-make-it-healthy-and-just-NO-NO-NO recipe category.

As you can see here, this was more of a yes-yes-yes recipe: yes Gruyère cheese, yes toasted pine nuts, and yes garlicky herbs.

Herbs, cheese, and pine nuts.

The icky bad overly healthy spaghetti squash time was at least a year ago. At the time I pretended like I was going to eat more than three bites, but then I just hid the leftovers in the back of my fridge and tried to forget everything. It was such a bad time in my life that I haven't picked up one of those bright yellow, noodly, spaghetti squash-es in over a year.

So when my sweet friend Amanda's book Smitten with Squash showed up on my doorstep, I flipped through and landed right on this recipe. SPAGHETTI SQUASH REDEEMED! with garlicky olive oil, toasted pine nuts, and Gruyère cheese. Have I mentioned those ingredients already? Yahhhsssss. This is the kind of food that I love eating: simple, vibrant, veggie-friendly, and packed with flavor and unique textures.

Garlic Spaghetti Squash with Herbs on a plate with a fork.

This recipe reminds me a lot of the garlic butter spaghetti with herbs that I made in the Philippines, but spoiler alert: this version swaps squash for pasta! How cool do we feel about that?

And plus, you guys, the toasted pine nuts. They could be possibly the cutest, most tasty little thing in all your whole life.

Tomorrow is Saturday and I'm so dreaming of sleeping in (yes, still playing catch up from the trip last week because I'm a sleep-hog), but if I can get up before 1pm *score* I will be heading down to the Farmer's Market to pick up all the spaghetti squashes in the city of Saint Paul. Look out, world.

Garlic Spaghetti Squash with Herbs.
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Garlic Spaghetti Squash with Herbs and pine nuts.

Garlic Spaghetti Squash with Herbs


This Garlic Spaghetti Squash with Herbs includes a handful of toasted pine nuts and grated Gruyere cheese. Perfect light dish! Yummo!


  • 1 medium spaghetti squash, halved and seeded
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil (sage is also yummy)
  • 3/4 cup shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Rub squash with a little bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place the cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes, until fork tender. Let cool about 10 minutes, then scrape the insides with a fork to pull the strands away from the skin. (At this point I put the strands in a colander, pressed them with a paper towel, and let them rest while I prepped the other ingredients - mine were really really heavy and watery, so this helped get some of the excess moisture out.)
  2. In a large skillet, heat 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 1/2 minutes, until fragrant. Stir in spaghetti squash, vinegar, herbs, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook for about 2 minutes to heat through. Remove from heat and stir in Gruyère cheese, then top with pine nuts. Taste and add salt or pepper if desired.


I felt like I could have eaten this whole plate! Maybe I'm just extra hungry when it comes to squash?! If I were going to make this again, I'd plan to have it serve two people and I'd reduce the amount of oil and cheese to cut out some of the fat per serving. Using 3/4 cup cheese isn't bad when split between four people - but when I'm eating the whole thing all by myself? Yeah, you get the idea. 🙂

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: garlic spaghetti squash, spaghetti squash recipe, garlic herb spaghetti squash

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    Ok, this recipe is better than getting the American Girl catalog in the mail yesterday. I mean, you have all the major players here, spaghetti squash, pine nuts, gruyere cheese, pine nuts and bam, garlic. Love. No liking here. You just whipped up a myriad of beautiful flavors. Two spaghetti squash are sitting in my Sunroom begging to be used in this recipe.

    And I just planted my garlic yesterday! And it’s so easy to grow. Check me out on my web site, getting lonely over there…..anyone out there?!?

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    My favorite squash is acorn, stuffed with apples, butter and cinnamon. Yum! I also love spaghetti squash and white beans. I will definitely be trying this. Now, about the wood floors. We have friends with a wood flooring business and they have different wood and finish in every room. Maybe if you did a darker stain between the two different floors you would like it better. You know, like an outline? That’s what our friends did and it looks really nice!

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    I love spaghetti squash so much, but don’t make it nearly often enough bc my boyfriend claims to not like it. Pretty sure this recipe will totally win him over….I mean, garlic + herbs + cheese!

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    This spaghetti squash looks totally delish, Lindsay! I also love seeing your kitchen updates. I had to laugh when I read that Bjork wanted the soft close drawers. When we did our kitchen reno, that was one of the few things my husband had a strong opinion on, as well. Soft close drawers must be a guy thing??

  5. Skillful Cook Logo

    Wait, Lindsay… I made spaghetti squash ONCE last year and it was horrid. I’ve been scared to try it again since, so I haven’t bought it. Maybe I need to give it another shot! This looks like HEAVEN on a plate.

    Have you SEEN the price of pine nuts?! I can’t get over it! But they’re soooo yummy… 😉 We’re redoing our kitchen is the next few months and I’m loving your updates. We want to get dark hardwoods but we’re not sure if we want to do the whole house or not! Decisions, decisions!

  6. Skillful Cook Logo

    Pretty much any kind of squash! What’s not to love? So yummy! But….. if I had to pick… probably Butternut. Oh my…. Roasted…. Double stuffed….

  7. Skillful Cook Logo

    I like my spaghetti squash with marinara sauce This reminded me that I have a butternut squash in the cupboard that I bought a couple weeks ago and forgot about. Oops! Hope it’s still doing ok.
    Also, mismatched floors are seriously no big deal. Who cares?!

  8. Skillful Cook Logo

    Fave squash? Butternut. Hands down. Although, after reading your post, I’m willing to give Spaghetti Sauce another try. By the way, in two weeks you won’t notice the fact that your floors don’t match.

  9. Skillful Cook Logo

    Butternut is probably my all-time fav, but I love just about any kind of squash. Love this recipe! Pinned (well…I pin almost all of your recipes) so I can try 🙂

  10. Skillful Cook Logo

    Yum, this looks great! I don’t cook spaghetti squash very often – guess I should start with this one. My favorite squash is probably acorn, roasted with brown sugar. Basic, but delicious.

  11. Skillful Cook Logo

    I haven’t been a fan of squash, because I haven’t tasted any dishes/recipes that have blown my socks off and made me fall in love with squash. Quit the opposite. So I don’t have a fav, but this recipe looks worth trying. I am new to your blog and appreciate your passion for food, and the delicious looking food that comes to my inbox. That goes a long way for me to give a dish or food item another try. I don’t like to cook AT ALL, but I LOVE FOOD and love to eat it. Also loving what you do; keep of the good work!

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    I like some of the asian squashes, they tend to be less watery when I roast them. I put the purees into soups and stews and they thicken and add a nice richness without adding cream.