This 9-ingredient recipe starts with roasted spaghetti squash.
I typically cut my spaghetti squash in half and roast it using this method. But I wanted to try Beth’s method of slicing it in rings before baking to achieve longer noodles. I’m happy to report that both work well, so do whichever is easiest for you!
While your squash is roasting, soak cashews and then blend with nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic, and sea salt for a creamy vegan ricotta cheese sauce!
Once your squash is finished cooking, use a fork to separate the flesh into “noodles” and set aside. Then sauté onion and garlic until tender, add squash and cheese sauce, and cook until hot and cheesy! That’s it.
We hope you LOVE this pasta! It’s:
Easy to make
& Super delicious
This would make the perfect side dish for Italian night or entrée when topped with something like our Best Vegan Meatballs! Need something green on the side? Try out our Garlicky Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas or Vegan Ricotta & Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Salad.
Into pasta? Be sure to check out our Pea Pesto Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Chili Garlic Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower, Garlic and White Wine Pasta with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and Best Vegan Gluten-Free Mac ‘n’ Cheese,
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Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Pasta
Flavorful, wholesome spaghetti squash pasta sautéed with onion and garlic and mixed with a cheesy cashew ricotta-style cheese! The perfect 9-ingredient side, or entrée when topped with vegan meatballs!
- 1 cup raw cashews (soaked in hot water 30 minutes, then drained // or sub slivered blanched almonds or macadamia nuts - neither need to be soaked)
- 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast (plus more to taste)
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp sea salt (plus more to taste)
- 1 Dash garlic powder
- 1/4 cup water (to thin, plus more as needed)
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley or basil (optional)
- 1 large spaghetti squash
- 1 Tbsp olive or avocado oil (sub water if avoiding oil)
- 1 Pinch sea salt
- 2 Tbsp olive or avocado oil (or sub water if avoiding oil)
- 1/4 cup diced shallot
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 Pinch sea salt
Begin by soaking cashews in very hot water for at least 30 minutes, up to 1 hour. Set aside.
In the meantime, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C). Slice spaghetti squash crosswise into 2-inch-wide rings (for longer noodles) OR slice in half lengthwise (for shorter noodles). Scoop out the seeds and strings and rub the flesh with oil (or water) and sea salt.
Lay squash on a baking sheet - cut side down if cut in half lengthwise. Roast until tender - about 40 minutes if roasting “rings” and up to 45 minutes - 1 hour if roasting two large halves. (Time will vary depending on the size of your squash.) Let squash cool slightly and then use a fork to separate the “noodles." Set aside.
Once cashews are soaked, drain and add to a food processor or small blender. Add nutritional yeast, lemon juice, sea salt, garlic powder, and water and blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down sides as needed (~2 minutes). Aim for a mostly puréed mixture with only small bits of cashews intact. Add a bit more water a little at a time if the mixture is having a hard time blending until almost smooth.
Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more salt for overall flavor, nutritional yeast for cheesiness, and lemon juice for acidity. For even more flavor, you can add some fresh basil or parsley (optional).
Heat a large rimmed skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the oil (or water), shallot, garlic, and a pinch of salt and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Turn down heat if garlic is browning.
Add spaghetti squash and toss gently to combine (with tongs if you have them). Sauté for 2-3 minutes, tossing occasionally.
Add the desired amount of cheese sauce. We recommend starting with half and working your way up. You can serve the pasta with any leftover cheese sauce on the side. Continue cooking the cheesy pasta for 2-3 minutes more to combine the pasta and sauce, tossing carefully.
Enjoy as is or top with vegan parmesan cheese, marinara sauce, or Vegan Meatballs! You can store leftover cheesy pasta in the refrigerator up to 4 days. We suspect that it would keep in the freezer up to 1 month but haven’t tried it ourselves. (Pasta is usually best fresh.) You can store any leftover cheese sauce covered (separately) in the refrigerator up to 5-7 days.
*Prep time does not reflect soaking cashews because that happens while the squash is cooking.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving calculated with oil and all of the cheese sauce and without the optional serving ingredients.
Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 4)
- Calories: 396
- Fat: 26g
- Saturated fat: 4g
- Sodium: 403mg
- Potassium: 785mg
- Carbohydrates: 39g
- Fiber: 8g
- Sugar: 12g
- Protein: 11g
- Vitamin A: 8%
- Vitamin C: 32%
- Calcium: 10%
- Iron: 21%