Seductive Skinny Spaghetti

Looking to wow the pants off your Valentine while not feeling like a beached whale?

Avoid the bloated feeling that accompanies over consumption of traditional pasta by substituting noodles with spaghetti squash.  Yes, I said substitute pasta with a vegetable.

I thought this was a ridiculous idea until I tried it (as I was looking for ways to keep my skinny jeans buttoned) and realized that I could do without the over processed ingredient .

Skinny Sketti

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One Spaghetti squash – I had to ask where the hell they were located at my grocery
  • Choice of meat (if desired)
  • Your favorite Italian sauce (I use canned – but low sodium!)
  • Choice of cheese (if your heart beats for dairy like mine does.)

This is what the vegetable I had no idea existed looks like.


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Microwave the squash for about a minute.  This will make it loads easier to cut and save your hand strength for opening that tightly sealed jar of sauce (that I have to ask the grocery clerk to open for me before I leave the damn store because I have zero hand strength).
  • Cut the substitution spaghetti lengthwise.


  • Once cut, scoop the seeds out of the middle .
fork or spoon

If you forget this step (as I ALWAYS do) you can remove after cooking – no worries.

Slippery Sucker

Be sure to hold on tight because squash are slippery little suckers.

  • Once seeds have been removed, place halves on a cooking sheet.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of your gourd.


  • Cool for a few minutes and use a fork to create noodles.


  • Place your ‘spaghetti noodles’ in a bowl.

Spaghetti Sizzle

  • While your sketti is baking start on the non-strenuous sauce by pouring it in a pan and adding your choice of veggies and/or meats.
Free Bird

Typically, I add FreeBird chicken breast strips that can be found at Whole Foods (low in sodium and calories).

  • Mix sauce and cooked meat, bring to a boil.


Once complete, serve immediately with or without cheese.


Due to the non-pasta spaghetti, I treat myself with a handful of mozzarella on top.

This cheesy version of sexy spaghetti will cost $10 (more or less depending on the meat), is gluten-free and has about 260 calories, 20 carbs and 11 grams of sugar overall per serving.

Just might wow the pants off of your Valentine!

Use reduced fat cheese to keep it on the ‘skinny’ side.

Now get out there in all your skinny glory and seduce someone.



33 thoughts on “Seductive Skinny Spaghetti

  1. That looks delicious. Nice suggestion. You’re like a boozy Food Network star.

  2. Tracy says:

    I have heard of this, but never tried it. Now I have to, that looks scrumptious!!!

  3. markbialczak says:

    I have never tried squash sketti, either, CBXB. Now I have to eat substitute healthy pasta AND paint my nails, thanks to you. Why I oughta …

  4. Carmen Leister says:

    Yummy! I will try that!!!!

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  5. JMC813 says:

    Awesome. Me likey Squashsketti. Once my healthfood habits are restored (workin on it) this will most likely be a staple. Love the idea. Thanks for looking out for us mama CBXB. Once again you would Kick Martha Stewarts ass in a cagefight. LOL.

    • Hieeeeee-ya! Take THAT Martha Stewart! I’ve actually fallen in love with spaghetti squash because it’s a sneaky way to incorporate a health food in an otherwise not-so-great for you dish. By substituting this for noodles, there’s so many more calories left over for Skinny Pirates!

  6. MrJohnson says:

    I think what we are all wondering is if the squash noodles are al dente.

  7. That looks amazing! I found some great fingernail art on Pinterest last night and it made me think of you.

  8. The girls in the office love the look of this & want to try it out so will keep you posted

  9. You posted a recipe. Now if you had gone with a Vodka sauce, I might have believed this was YOU, but now I’m not so sure…Or a pic of your skinny sketti served with a gallon of Skinny Pirates…What have you done with you??? 🙂

  10. Gary Lum says:

    Fantastic. I love recipes like this. When I went off carbs a while back I made spag bog with shredded cabbage. It worked a treat. The cabbage held the sauce and the texture was fine and I was getting more vegetables and fibre in my belly. #winning 😀

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