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Sweet Spaghetti Squash Noodles with Toasted Pecan Crumble

Sara Tane
Active time 30 mins
Total time 30 mins
Yield

Serves 4

While turning your squash into a sweet treat might not be your first inclination, we think you absolutely should. This simple, low-carb dessert option is a cozy, nutty indulgence that is perfect for the fall and winter. Spaghetti squash has a mild flavor, so with a buttery oat crumble, ground cinnamon, vanilla, and a splash of cream, this fruit acquires a signature fall dessert taste without all the calories. Top with a dollop of Greek yogurt and this quick dessert comes together easily and with a surprising amount of flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 5 cups of flesh)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons Greek yogurt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 311
  • fat 21 g
  • satfat 6
  • monofat 9
  • polyfat 5 g
  • protein 5 g
  • carbohydrate 30 g
  • fiber 6 g
  • sugars 13 g
  • cholesterol 19 mg
  • iron 2
  • sodium 525
  • calcium 92 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven for 425°F. Using a fork, poke the spaghetti squash several times all over. Microwave for 10 minutes on high, flipping half way through the cook time. Cut squash in half and remove seeds. Using a fork, gently scrape the flesh to form “spaghetti strands.” Place squash in a large bowl.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Set aside. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, toast chopped pecans until golden brown and fragrant. Remove the pecans, and add to flour mixture. Return the skillet to the stove, and reduce heat to medium-low. Melt butter. Add flour-oat mixture to melted butter. Stir until well mixed and crumbly. Return nut mixture to bowl, and set aside.

  3. Return the skillet to the stove, and adjust temperature to medium. Add spaghetti squash, half-and-half, vanilla, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir to combine. Add nut mixture, keeping 4 tablespoons aside. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and divide into 4 servings.

  4. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt and 1 tablespoon reserved nut mixture. Serve, and enjoy!