Spaghetti Squash Waffle Grilled Cheese

Spaghetti Squash Waffle Grilled Cheese - Food & Nutrition Magazine - Stone Soup
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We all know that spaghetti squash has many health benefits. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. One of the reasons I love using spaghetti squash so much when I’m cooking is because of how versatile it can be.

What ingredients do I use for this Spaghetti Squash Waffle Grilled Cheese?

This recipe calls for ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. From eggs to Parmesan cheese and various seasonings, I’m sure you have most of the ingredients on hand already. If you want to kick the recipe up a notch you could add other various seasonings as you see fit!

How do I make this Spaghetti Squash Waffle Grilled Cheese?

It’s very easy to make, which is another benefit if you’re busy or on the go. The most difficult part of the entire recipe is preparing the squash (which really isn’t even difficult at all).

How do I serve the Grilled Cheese Sandwiches?

Personally, I like to eat them alone for a quick lunch or snack. If you want to make these for dinner, you can serve them with your favorite soup or salad!

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Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

Cut spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds. Place the squash halves skin side up in a microwave-safe baking dish. (You can cook each squash half separately if your baking dish is too small to fit both, or cook both at once.) Fill the dish with about 1 inch of water.

Microwave on high for 8 minutes. When done, a fork poked through the skin should slide easily into the squash. Continue microwaving on high for another 2 to 5 minutes as needed, until fork tender. When cool enough to handle, use a fork to scrape the strands of squash from the inside. (see notes below for alternative cooking methods)

Using a cheesecloth or thin dishtowel, squeeze excess liquid from the squash (there will be a lot!).

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, parmesan, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Add the spaghetti squash and mix well breaking up any clumps of squash.

Preheat waffle iron to medium-high heat. Coat waffle iron well with cooking spray. Add half the squash mixture to the waffle iron and cook until golden brown, about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on your waffle iron.

Open waffle iron and sprinkle one side of the waffle with half of the mozzarella cheese. Gently fold over the other half of the waffle on top of the side with the cheese. Gently press down on the waffle iron and continue cooking until the cheese has melted.

Serve alongside tomato soup, dunk in marinara sauce, or just enjoy it as is!

Alternative methods to cook spaghetti squash

Multicooker

Slice the spaghetti squash in half and then scoop out the seeds in the center.

Place a trivet or steamer basket in the bottom of the multicooker and add a cup of water into the bottom. Arrange the cut squash halves on top of the trivet and secure the lid. Place the steam release valve in the lid is in the sealing position. Use the pressure cook or manual button to set the pressure cooker to cook at high pressure for 7 minutes. Release pressure and remove from Instant Pot.

Oven

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds. Drizzle the cut side with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake 40 minutes or just until fork-tender. Let cool until able to handle. Flip spaghetti squash over and run a fork down the squash to separate into strands.

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Julie Harrington, RD is the registered dietitian and culinary nutrition chef behind her website JulieHarringtonRD.com based in New Jersey.

Cooking has always given Julie joy because of its powerful ability to connect people together. She was always intrigued by the way food can impact your health and decided to follow her passion to dive deeper in learning through culinary school and becoming a registered dietitian.

Julie’s passion is to educate others about nutrition through food and giving them the tools they need to build confidence in the kitchen. It’s her mission to help everyone appreciate all the delicious ways foods can be prepared so everyone can fall in love with it again and again.

Most recently, her recipes have been featured in NBC News, Huffington Post, and US News & World Report.