Spaghetti Squash With Bacon Cream Sauce

Spaghetti squash with bacon cream sauce
Diana Rattray
Ratings (21)
  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
289 Calories
25g Fat
12g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 289
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 15g 76%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 244mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 7g
Calcium 167mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Crumbled bacon and a cream and Parmesan sauce make this spaghetti squash dish incredibly delicious, and the low carb content is especially appealing. 

Serve this fabulous "spaghetti" dish with a tossed salad or fresh sliced vegetables for a fabulous meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 8 strips bacon
  • 1/4 cup onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese (plus more for garnish, if desired)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Optional garnish: fresh parsley (chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven (or warming drawer) to 200F to 250F. This is to keep the squash warm while you finish the sauce. Alternatively, you can just warm it quickly in the microwave when the sauce is ready.

  2. Slice off the stem end and blossom end of the spaghetti squash. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Scrape the inside of the squash with a spoon to remove any soft fibers. Place it in a microwave-safe baking dish, cut side down. Add about an inch of hot water to the baking dish. 

  3. Microwave the squash, uncovered, for 12 to 15 minutes. The time depends on the size of the squash and the power of the microwave oven. Test it by piercing with a fork. It should be easy to pierce, but not too soft. 

  4. Scrape the inside of the squash with a fork, transferring the "spaghetti" strands to an oven-safe bowl or container. Cover the bowl with foil and keep the squash warm in the oven or warming drawer. 

  5. In a deep skillet or saute pan over medium heat, fry the bacon until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Crumble the bacon and set aside.

  6. Drain the bacon drippings into a cup or bowl, leaving about 1 tablespoon in the pan. Refrigerate the excess bacon drippings for another use.

  7. Add the onions to the pan and saute until just translucent. Add the garlic and continue cooking, stirring, for 2 minutes.

  8. Add the cream to the pan and bring to a simmer. Continue cooking for about 4 minutes, until reduced and thickened. Add the Parmesan cheese and cook, stirring, until melted. Set aside a few teaspoons of crumbled bacon and add the rest to the sauce; heat through. If the sauce is too thick, add a little more cream or milk to thin.

  9. Gently toss the sauce with the hot spaghetti squash. 

  10. Garnish the "spaghetti" with a little parsley and more Parmesan cheese and bacon crumbs, if desired.

  11. Serve with a side green salad or sliced tomatoes.