Spaghetti Squash with Herbs & Garlic Breadcrumbs


This microwave spaghetti squash recipe comes together in less than a half-hour so you can easily get dinner on the table. Serve with roast chicken or underneath meatballs as a substitute for pasta.

Spaghetti Squash with Herbs & Garlic Breadcrumbs
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 2-1/2- to 3-pound spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • ½ cup fresh or panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 small clove garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs, such as basil, tarragon, parsley and/or dill


  1. Place squash halves cut-side down in a microwave-safe dish; add 2 tablespoons water. Microwave on High until the flesh is tender, 10 to 12 minutes. (Alternatively, place squash halves cut-side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in a 400°F oven until tender, 40 to 50 minutes.)

  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Add garlic and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 1 minute more. Remove from heat.

  3. Use a fork to scrape the squash from the shells into a medium bowl. Stir in herbs, the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Serve the squash in the shells, if desired, topped with the breadcrumbs.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

197 Calories
11g Fat
24g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 3/4 cup
Calories 197
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Vitamin A 337IU 7%
Sodium 350mg 15%
Potassium 293mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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