Spaghetti Squash with Arugula Walnut Pesto

Spaghetti Squash with Arugula Walnut Pesto ~ A Fall squash gets kicked up with spicy pesto for a Thanksgiving side dish.

Spaghetti Squash with Arugula Walnut Pesto

Spaghetti Squash with Arugula Walnut Pesto

Every year there’s always bound to be a vegetarian. With that in mind, I always like to provide a few side dishes outside of the traditional ones that have a little more sustenance. This pesto spaghetti squash is one of them.  For a vegetarian entree, I’ll be making a butternut squash lasagna that I’ll be posting in the coming days.

Speaking of which, if you’ve noticed, I have been posting everyday for the last four days. Wow, it’s a marathon. But I wanted to share with you some of my simple side dishes since Thanksgiving can be hectic enough that the food should be easy. The side dishes that I’ve chosen to post are the ones my family and friends love most.

I hope you enjoy this as much as we do.  And I may see you tomorrow for another post, but that depends on how tired I am from day one of my new job.

A few notes:

  • The pesto can be made  3 days in advance and kept refrigerated.  The squash can be made day before  and kept refrigerated. Do not assemble until the day of.
  • You can also use basil or flat leaf parsley (used in the original recipe) to make the pesto, but I prefer arugula for the extra peppery bite.

Spaghetti Squash with Arugula Walnut Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 1 (3 1/2- to 4-lb) spaghetti squash
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (3/4 oz), toasted
  • 1/2 garlic clove
  • 1 1/3 cups packed fresh arugula
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons finely grated Pecorino
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
Instructions:
  1. Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds. Fill a roasting pan with a half inch of water and place spaghetti squash face down in water. Cover roasting pan with foil. Bake at 400 degrees for 60 minutes. Cool squash.
  2. While the squash is cooking, toast nuts in a dry small heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant and a shade darker, about 6 minutes, then cool completely.
  3. Pulse nuts and garlic in a food processor until finely ground. Add arugula, oil, cheese, water, salt, pepper, and zest and pulse until arugula is coarsely chopped.
  4. Scrap out squash flesh with a fork.  Loosen and separate the strands, then toss it with the pesto in a bowl.
    Adapted from Gourmet Magazine via epicurious
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16 Responses to “Spaghetti Squash with Arugula Walnut Pesto”

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    LimeCake — November 18, 2010 @ 9:41 am

    That looks like the perfect side dish! Love the flavours of this pesto!

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    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies — November 18, 2010 @ 3:45 pm

    I was just saying that we need to start eating spaghetti squash more often. YUM!

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    Amanda — November 18, 2010 @ 3:47 pm

    This is such a fascinating recipe to me… I could never even conceive of such a wonderful creation!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

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    Kristen — November 18, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

    I love spaghetti squash. Yum!

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    My Man's Belly — November 18, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

    I think we’re on our third spaghetti squash of the season, but we’ve been eating them pretty plain. I like the idea of using this pesto on the squash, so I think this will accompany squash #3.

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    Wenderly — November 18, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

    Love spaghetti squash…but with arugula walnut pesto? Be still my heart!

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    Kim — November 19, 2010 @ 12:17 am

    Did you say “new job?” Congrats! Do fill me in on the details. Let’s go celebrate!!

    And lovely use of spaghetti squash.

    [K]

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    Su-yin — November 19, 2010 @ 10:13 am

    I did think you were posting more often than usual! Not complaining though. ;) Having said that, I know how hard it is, so am very impressed that you’ve managed to stick to it.

    I love squash AND pesto, am intrigued by the rocket walnut pesto! Just imagining what that would be like spread on a slice of freshly baked bread…

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    Joanne — November 19, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

    I have to say, I LOVE how much you’ve been posting! It always makes me happy to see what you’re cooking up. I wish my family would be more amenable to veg dishes on thanksgiving. This one sounds seriously tasty!

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    Tickled Red — November 19, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

    Oh my goodness that looks so nummy!! I am making some this weekend.

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    Jen H — November 19, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

    Love the pesto flavor in this dish. Since I am one of the few people in the world (at least it seems that way) that hates basil, I get really happy when I see different ideas for pesto. Thanks for the great idea!

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    marla {family fresh cooking} — November 19, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

    Look at you going all savory on us! Love this spaghetti squash recipe. Pesto is one of my all time favorites & I prefer it over this to regular pasta. Perfect side dish!

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    Brooke (Baking with Basil) — November 19, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

    I haven’t been able to check out your site in awhile. There are soo many things I want to try!! Starting with this spaghetti squash….I bet that pesto was really flavorful!! Can’t wait to see this butternut squash lasagna!

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    Shaina — November 20, 2010 @ 8:35 pm

    This sounds amazing. I love pesto, and pairing pesto with spaghetti squash sounds like a match made in heaven.

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    Oma Sikkema — May 12, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

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