Spaghetti squash chicken alfredo has become a favorite of mine and is a great alternative to pasta. Regular pasta does not have much flavor to begin with, so replacing it with a vegetable is quite easy. Creaminess and flavor of alfredo are retained in this recipe but fettucine is replaced with a nutritious vegetable. Your body will feel much better after eating this and not like it’s naptime (Olive Garden feels, anyone?)
Spaghetti Squash Chicken Alfredo
Spaghetti squash chicken alfredo is relatively easy to make. See Budget Bytes’ post on how to slow cook a squash, making the process much easier. Other than cooking the squash, you can make this meal come together in 15 minutes. Prepare ahead of time using a slow cooker or just plan ahead to make this a quick meal.
Spaghetti squash is a little watery and will thin the sauce placed upon it. Alfredo is thick and creamy, so in this case it works well together. Using a red tomato sauce with squash may cause a watery dish. You can strain the water out of the spaghetti squash after it has cooled with a cheesecloth or tea towel, if you prefer.
You could also cook the chicken ahead of time (especially in an instant pot), so it is ready and can be thrown together with the cooked mushrooms and sauce instantaneously.
Mushrooms don’t appear to be a preference to many people, so don’t bother putting them in if you don’t prefer them. Flavor is deep with mushrooms relative to the creaminess so they are the chosen ones. Zucchini or asparagus could be used instead, or just chicken.
Benefits of Spaghetti Squash
You’d expect the alfredo sauce to be the unhealthy part because of the butter and milk. On the contrary, it is the pasta that is less nutritious. Butter has plenty of benefits and so does whole fat milk (see my post here on how fats don’t make us fat). Pasta can cause a spike in blood sugar, leading to other issues over time (another post on carbs). You can expect a lot of calories for less benefit when consuming pasta. Typically pasta is fortified with B vitamins and folate, though these can come from natural sources just as well. Spaghetti squash has a ton of nutrients while also being low in calories if you care about it.
- Antioxidants (vitamin A&C) for immunity and reduced cancer risk
- Vitamin B6 for healthy nerves
- Fiber for digestion
- Manganese for strong bones and potassium for healthy muscles
- Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for healthy cells
Fresh Flavors: Spaghetti squash chicken alfredo is a nutritious, healthy alternative to the classic pasta dish.
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