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Garlic & Herb Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms

Roasted spaghetti squash gets tossed with herbs, garlic, and parmesan cheese. Just when you think this dish couldn’t get any better, crispy mushrooms and toasted bread crumbs get layered on top with fat shavings of parmesan cheese.

Garlic & Herb Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms

I feel like I’m overloading you with side dishes. Between the Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Cranberry-Walnut Sweet Potato Hash, you’d think I’d have my side dish fix. However, that is not the case.

Garlic & Herb Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms

Like I mentioned last week, Thanksgiving is all about the side dishes–the more, the merrier. In an attempt to switch things up this year, I’ve decided to introduce some foreign dishes. Foreign as in never before tried. So, this year, I’ll gracing my table with this very delicious Garlic & Herb Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms.

Garlic & Herb Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms

I made this dish over the weekend to pair with my mom’s less than flavorful chicken–she tries, I’ll give her that–and everybody loved it. My grandmother couldn’t stop talking about it, and my grandfather hooved up every last bit. When my grandfather likes something that’s outside of his normal canned corn, that’s saying something. I even got him to eat quiche over the weekend. He told my grandmother that she should get the recipe from me and make it for him at home. She just laughed, as in “Yeah, right. In your dreams, buddy.”

Garlic & Herb Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms

No wonder he looks forward to his visits back home; I make him “exotic” food using ingredients like spaghetti squash. The good news is, he’ll be back for Thanksgiving.

Garlic & Herb Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms

Being that it’s the middle of November, fresh herbs are no longer flourishing in my garden. Sure, I could go to the grocery store and purchase a bundle of basil and parsley, but they quickly wither away to a limp and wilted pile of death in my fridge. Instead of wasting money and having to wipe herb death juices from the bottom drawer of my fridge, I reach for Gourmet Garden. Their Stir-In-Paste Herb Tubes stay fresh for up to 3 months; although, I’ve had them last for up to six months.

For this recipe, I used a combination of garlic, parsley, and basil. As always, cheese makes everything better, so I folded in a few tablespoons of Parmesan cheese. The crispy mushrooms and toasted panko bread crumbs add a bit of crunch.

Garlic & Herb Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms

This is a dish your guests will request year after year.

Garlic & Herb Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms

Roasted spaghetti squash gets tossed with herbs, garlic, and parmesan cheese. Just when you think this dish couldn’t get any better, crispy mushrooms and toasted bread crumbs get layered on top with fat shavings of parmesan cheese.

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 45 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons parsley paste
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons basil paste
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (8-ounce) package sliced baby Portobello mushrooms
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parmesan shavings, for garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. Slice the spaghetti squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Place the squash halves on a baking sheet flesh side up. Drizzle each half with a 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil. Season each half with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes flesh side up. Using tongs, flip each half over and bake for 20 minutes, or until fork tender, flesh side down. 
  3. While the spaghetti squash is baking, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until brown and slightly crispy. Refrain from salting until the very end. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl; set aside. 
  4. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan. Stir in the panko breadcrumbs. Cook, stirring often, until golden brown and toasted, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. 
  5. When the spaghetti squash is finished roasting, scoop out each center using a fork. Transfer the squash strands to a large bowl. Stir in the garlic, herbs, and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the mixture a serving dish and top with crispy mushrooms and toasted breadcrumbs. Sprinkle a few Parmesan shavings over the dish. Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree F. oven until ready to serve. 
  1. If you prefer to use fresh herbs, substitute 1 finely minced clove of garlic and 2 tablespoons each of chopped parsley and basil. 
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15 Responses to “Garlic & Herb Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms”

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    Julia — November 18, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Ahhhh this spaghetti squash looks like perfection! I’m always up for a garlic, herb, and mushroom infusion, and I was basically sold when you said “fat shavings of parmesan cheese.” Those stir-in pastes are definitely helpful – I love using the lemongrass one for Thai cooking, since lemongrass is such a beehive to prepare.  Loving this dish, girl!

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    lisa @ Wine & Glue — November 18, 2015 at 11:33 am

    This looks so good!!  I need to add this to my Thanksgiving menu.  My family would absolutely love this and all the flavors in it!  (Thank goodness for foodie siblings!)

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    Nicole — November 18, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Garlic, parmesan and spaghetti squash . . . sounds like a winner to me!

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    Aggie @ Aggie's Kitchen — November 18, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    What a delicious looking recipe! I want this for dinner tonight :)

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    Ashley — November 18, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I’ve gotten so into spaghetti squash these last few years! I would totally make a meal out of this!!

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    Courtney @ NeighborFood — November 19, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    This time of year I am all about the mushroomy comfort foods! I love that that has so much flavor from herbs too. I really need to make spaghetti squash more and this is a great excuse!

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — November 19, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Obsessed with how low carb yet delicious this meal is! Pinning :)

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    Carla — November 21, 2015 at 11:20 am

    “Instead of wasting money and having to wipe herb death juices from the bottom drawer of my fridge” LOL I’m dying at this sentence, although it’s true! Mine die way too quickly as well, which is why I go through so much Gourmet Garden pastes (especially basil, cilantro, and garlic). My family is the same way. Anything “exotic” and they are scared to try it. I don’t think I’ve cooked them spaghetti squash before, so I’ll have to try this side dish out on them.

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — November 23, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    You can feed me “exotic” spaghetti squash anytime. It’s one of my favorites!

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    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — December 7, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    I had to laugh at the story of your grandfather and the quiche. My relatives are much the same way. In fact, on Mother’s Day, when I make quiche, I have to tell my uncle “it’s just egg pie.” LOL. This recipe is reminding me that I haven’t made any spaghetti squash this year. It’s high time I remedy that, because this sounds absolutely amazing, Jennie!

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — January 16, 2016 at 11:35 am

    I can’t even tell you how much of the Gourmet Garden garlic I go through – it’s a sickness, really. I love how convenient it is! I have a spaghetti squash sitting on my counter right now, so I think this recipe needs to happen this weekend. 

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    Susan — January 26, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I never make spaghetti squash because I never know what to do with it.  However I love this! The herbs and the mushrooms are the perfect compliment.  I need to add this to my dinner rotation soon. 

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    sashimisoysauce — August 25, 2016 at 3:04 am

    I love the photo you took,it is elegant

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    Laur — January 4, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    How come you said to wait on salting your mushrooms? First time I’ve ever seen that!

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    • Jennie replied January 10th, 2017 at 10:52 am

      In order for mushrooms to brown properly, the salting process has to wait until the end. Salting the mushrooms at the beginning will cause them to release too much liquid. Rather than brown, they’ll steam.

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