This versatile veg can become a savory side, a pasta substitute, or even a pizza topping. Here are some of our favorite ways to use this cold-weather ingredient.

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Sweet & Savory Spaghetti Squash

sweet and savory spaghetti squash

Brown sugar, honey, and cinnamon make it sweet; parmesan, vegetable broth, and Italian seasoning make it savory. All of it tastes like the best dinner main or side you've made in a while.

Skinny Shrimp Scampi with Spaghetti Squash

Skinny Shrimp Scampi with Spaghetti Squash
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The next time you're craving shrimp scampi but don't want some of its less-healthy ingredients, swap in spaghetti squash. That, along with the removal of butter and addition of red bell pepper, give this version a bit more nutrition.

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Sauce

cheesy spaghetti squash with tomato sauce

Take spaghetti and sauce from pantry-made to freshly homemade. While the squash roasts in the oven, you can whip up a delicious chunky tomato sauce. Top it all with provolone, parmesan, and fresh parsley for a delicious dinner. 

Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

spaghetti squash carbonara

Give this Italian classic a carb-free twist. You still get all the cheesy creaminess and plenty of pancetta, and the squash adds a nice hint of sweetness to the profile.

Spaghetti Squash with Sausage & Greens

Spaghetti Squash with Sausage and Greens

Sausage and spinach are always a winning combo. Build on that relationship by adding savory parmesan cheese, a bit of hot crushed red pepper, and, of course, slightly sweet spaghetti squash.

Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

It's an Italian classic, and it tastes a lot like it, too. We traded beef for poultry in the meatballs, and we skipped sauce in favor of simple EVOO and basil, so the dish is a bit lighter but still completely delicious.

Spaghetti-Squash Pizza

Spaghetti-Squash Pizza

Looking for a different way to put this winter ingredient to use? Try pizza. Combined with nutmeg and thyme and layered on top of creamy ricotta, it's a pizza unlike any you've had before—and that's a good thing. 

Recipe: Try our Spaghetti-Squash Pizza

Peas 'n' Cheese Squash Spaghetti

Peas 'n' Cheese Squash Spaghetti

For a quick, family-friendly dinner that combines things you love (veggies) with things kids love (cheese), whip up this dish. It only takes five ingredients and 30 minutes, and it'll get your kids to happily eat their veggies.