Vegan Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Marinara & Italian Nut Meat + VIDEO

Vegan Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Marinara & Italian Nut Meat + VIDEO

Spaghetti Squash with Marinara & Italian Nut Meat

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This is one of my favorite meals!  I just had to share it with you, finally. It is snowing outside and COLD!  This is a perfect COMFORT FOOD dish that doesn’t leave you feeling heavy, bloated or sluggish after eating it.  My kind of meal!  This recipe is gluten free, healthy, nourishing and tastes AMAZING!  For those of you working towards a weight loss goal, replacing spaghetti squash instead of rice or pasta is a great idea.  – You will definitely notice how you look and feel.

Spaghetti squash contains many nutrients and is a great source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, Vitamin A, beta carotene, potassium and dietary fiber – plus, it’s low in saturated fat and cholesterol and has a high water content.  

Watch the easy “how to make” video!

Roasted Spaghetti Squash:

Take one spaghetti squash –  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut squash in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds. Place on a baking sheet, cut side down and bake for 30-40 minutes.

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 While the squash is cooking, prepare your marinara sauce (if making from scratch) and the Italian walnut meat.

Homemade Marinara:

  • 3 Large organic tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes (soaked if dried and not in olive oil)
  • 2 – 3 garlic cloves
  •  1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne (optional)
  • 3 dates (pitted and soaked)
  • 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil

Place all ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender (Vitamix) and blend till smooth.  Taste and adjust seasonings. 

Italian Nut Meat:

(Makes about 1 cup)

  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 2 TB. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • Bragg’s Liquid Amino’s – squirt
  • cayenne – to taste (optional)

Place walnuts in a food processor and process into small pieces.  Add the remaining ingredients; pulse to mix well.  That’s it!  Easy-peasy!  This mix will keep well in the refrigerator for about a week.

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When the squash is ready, remove from the oven and with a towel, hold the squash and scrape the interior flesh with a fork or spoon into a bowl or on plate.

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Top with marinara, fresh cut basil and Italian nut meat.  You can add chevre goat cheese if you so desire.   Enjoy!

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8 Responses »

  1. I have been craving comfort food like crazy! I guess that will happen when you’re buried in a foot of snow and it’s freezing in March! I hope to make this this weekend!

    • Hi Torrie! It is fantastic! Thanks for your input and comments. I feel like I babble sometimes but most people find it informative – so there you go! 🙂
      Thank YOU!

  2. This looks so fantastic! I never thought of using dates for the sweetness in marinara. I’ve also been wanting to try spaghetti squash! Looking forward to trying the walnut meat too, not a huge meat eater but it looks good!

    • Hi Robin!
      It IS fantastic! You will be so pleased and impressed with each recipe and then combining them all together – Shazaam! Make the marinara and walnut meat up ahead of time to SAVE TIME and you will have a quick meal once the squash comes out of the oven. Let me know how you like it. 🙂

      • It’s me again! Made the recipe! So yummy! I will forever be a fan of spaghetti squash now! The sauce was perfect, I can’t ever seem to get the homemade stuff tasting right and this was just right. I was able to find dried tomatoes at a health food store that you could buy in bulk from bins. And I didn’t have the Bragg’s so I substituted Worchestire sauce. I wasn’t sure what Bragg’s tasted like so I guessed. Excited to try more of your recipes. I found your site from the giveaway with Linda- and I’ve already shared it with a few people. Love it!

        • Hi Robin! So good to hear from you again! And SO GLAD that the spaghetti squash turned out so well for you along with the marinara sauce. I just love that sauce – so easy and tasty. Thank you for your comment and look forward to hearing more from you anytime. If you are looking for gluten-free item compared to Bragg’s Liquid Amino’s – go for Tamari. It is similar in taste. Thanks for sharing out recipe – keep it going to spread the amazingness of plant-based eating. Have a great day! <3

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