Spaghetti & Spaghetti Squash with Sautéed Cherry Tomato Sauce

Got leftover spaghetti squash? Use it in this quick pasta dinner which combines cooked spaghetti squash with whole-wheat pasta and a fresh cherry tomato sauce. This recipe also works well with frozen, thawed spaghetti squash.

Spaghetti & Spaghetti Squash with Sautéed Cherry Tomato Sauce
Photo: Rachel Marek
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 cups cooked spaghetti squash (about 1/2 of a 2-pound squash)

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil

  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water, then drain the spaghetti.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper; cook, stirring and pressing on the tomatoes with the back of a spoon, until they break down and the sauce looks creamy, about 8 minutes.

  3. Add the spaghetti and spaghetti squash; cook, stirring and adding some of the reserved pasta water if necessary, until coated and heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkled with basil. Serve with Parmesan, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

373 Calories
16g Fat
52g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 373
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 10g 20%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Vitamin A 1172IU 23%
Vitamin C 20mg 22%
Vitamin E 3mg 18%
Folate 64mcg 16%
Vitamin K 22mcg 18%
Sodium 314mg 14%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 97mg 23%
Potassium 629mg 13%
Zinc 2mg 18%

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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