Ditch the rice noodles and infuse spaghetti squash "noodles" with the sweet and tangy flavors of pad thai. This low-carb alternative isn't traditional, but you'll be surprised how well the delicate sweetness of the squash works in this Thai favorite.

Hilary Meyer
Source: EatingWell.com, July 2018


Recipe Summary

35 mins
35 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place squash, cut-side down, in a microwave-safe dish; add 2 tablespoons water. Microwave, uncovered, on High until tender, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, place squash halves, cut-side down, on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degrees F oven until tender, 40 to 50 minutes.) When the squash is cool enough to handle, scrape out the flesh into a medium bowl.

  • Meanwhile, combine vinegar, fish sauce, honey and chile-garlic sauce in a small bowl. Place near the stove.

  • Set a 14-inch flat-bottom carbon-steel wok or large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Swirl in 1 teaspoon oil. Add eggs and cook, without stirring, until set, 30 to 60 seconds. Flip over and cook until set on the other side, about 30 seconds more. Transfer to a plate.

  • Swirl the remaining 2 tablespoons oil into the wok (or pan). Add bell pepper and scallions; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the squash and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add bean sprouts and the vinegar-fish sauce mixture; toss until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. (If using a skillet, it will be full; stir carefully.)

  • Slice or chop the egg. Serve the spaghetti squash "noodles" topped with the egg and garnished with peanuts, cilantro and lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts

323 calories; protein 13.8g 28% DV; carbohydrates 31.6g 10% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 6.9g 28% DV; sugars 16.3g; fat 18.1g 28% DV; saturated fat 3.8g 19% DV; cholesterol 186mg 62% DV; vitamin a iu 1859.3IU 37% DV; vitamin c 62.3mg 104% DV; folate 132.7mcg 33% DV; calcium 121.3mg 12% DV; iron 3.3mg 18% DV; magnesium 89.9mg 32% DV; potassium 692.8mg 19% DV; sodium 937.9mg 38% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 23% DV.