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Spaghetti Squash Pizza Nests {EASY recipe!}

Spaghetti squash pizza nests are a filling and healthy way to reduce carbs while staying healthy. Try this easy, gluten-free recipe tonight.

spaghetti squash pizza on a pan with melted cheese and basil
fresh basil and red pepper flakes are perfect on these mini pizzas

Inspired by my spaghetti squash cajun shrimp and keto noodle stir-fry, I decided to try my hand at making miniature healthy pizzas using sliced spaghetti squash.

spaghetti squash sliced rings on a large baking pan
healthy and delicious

Health benefits of spaghetti squash

Not only is spaghetti squash keto friendly, it’s also packed with various health benefits. Rich in antioxidants, it’s low in calories and a great choice when you’re living a low carb lifestyle. One entire squash only has 14 g. net carbs.

ingredients for making spaghetti squash pizza
simple, delicious ingredients

Recommended Ingredients

Tomato Sauce

I recommend tomato sauce because it doesn’t have the added sugars that spaghetti sauce or a typical pizza sauce would.

Italian seasoning

Italian seasoning is used to liven up the tomato sauce, giving it that real “pizza” flavor without adding sugars and excess carbs.

mini spaghetti squash pizza with cheese
yummy

Mozzarella cheese

For this pizza, you can opt to use fresh or grated mozzarella cheese.

Basil

Basil is optional, but if you’ve never tried fresh basil atop a pizza, you’re missing out!

Pepperoni or other proteins

Who doesn’t love a classic pepperoni pizza? Meats, like salami, pepperoni, and sausage are all keto friendly.

raking spaghetti squash rings
use any fork to “rake” the squash

Spaghetti squash nests are easy

You can make spaghetti squash nests with 3 easy steps:

  1. slice and remove seeds
  2. bake
  3. rake and place your toppings

1. Slice spaghetti squash and remove seeds

Spaghetti squash can be quite tough on the outside and it’s pretty large. You’re best bet for slicing them is to use a large, sharp kitchen knife.

For this recipe, I wait until after I have sliced my squash to de-seed it. You can use your hands or a small spoon to scoop the seeds away.

2. Bake the spaghetti squash slices

To bake my sliced squash, I add oil to my baking sheet/pan and bake at 375° F for 30 minutes. You’ll know it’s finished cooking when you see the edges begin to turn brown.

3. Rake spaghetti squash

I use a large serving fork to rake my spaghetti squash, but you can use any fork. I start around the edges and work my way toward the middle, making an even layer of squash.

adding toppings to spaghetti squash pizza

Add pizza toppings

After raking, you’ll now add favorite pizza toppings to the squash. Return to the oven for another 5-7 minutes at 375° F. Remove once cheese is golden brown and melted.

freshly baked squash pizza from the oven on a baking dish

FAQ

How long will spaghetti squash nests keep?

I recommend consuming this dish the same day if you have already added toppings. However, you can keep the unfinished slices in a zippered or covered container for a day or two in the refrigerator.

What can I substitute for spaghetti squash?

If you do not have spaghetti squash lying around, another low-carb alternative is zucchini slice pizzas.

pulling a bite of spaghetti squash cheese pizza with a fork
a healthy take on a classic

What are other toppings for low carb pizza?

My favorite low carb pizzas include:

  • buffalo chicken (ranch + canned chicken + buffalo sauce)
  • bbq chicken (sugar free bbq sauce + shredded chicken + pepper jack cheese)
  • taco pizza (leftover taco meat + cheese + tomato)
spaghetti squash pizza nests on a baking pan

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Nests

This low-carb pizza is made by slicing and baking spaghetti squash sections for the crust. An amazingly delicious and keto-friendly way to have healthy pizza!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: keto pizza, keto spaghetti squash, low carb pizza, spaghetti squash nests, spaghetti squash pizza
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 180kcal
Author: Amber @ Low Carb Quick

Equipment

  • baking dish

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Wash spaghetti squash and slice lengthwise into 1 inch sections. Remove center seeds and place on non-stick baking sheet/pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, remove, and rake the spaghetti squash toward the center using a fork.
  • Top with tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and other pizza toppings as preferred.
  • Bake another 5-7 minutes, or until cheese is fully melted and golden.

Notes

Recipe Notes: 

  • You may use a tomato slice instead of tomato sauce, if preferred
  • pepperoni, mozzarella, peppers, grilled chicken, sausage, bacon and basil are all keto friendly toppings
  • alternative pizza ideas include: buffalo chicken/ranch, or, sugar free bbq sauce with chicken and cheese

Nutrition

Serving: 1section | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 538mg | Potassium: 516mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 787IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 245mg | Iron: 2mg

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