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What To Serve With Spaghetti Squash – 11 Delicious Ideas

If you’re wondering what to serve with your spaghetti squash, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for spaghetti squash.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with spaghetti squash are meatballs, pesto chicken, cauliflower parmesan, or creamy pork tenderloin. You can also serve stuffed mushrooms, teriyaki tofu, or chili. To keep things light, serve a black bean and corn salad, or some sauteed shrimp.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Italian meatballs 

Turn your roasted spaghetti squash into a classic American dinner with Italian meatballs.

Spaghetti squash is a popular low-carb alternative to pasta (and I think it tastes better!). 

You’re getting the best of both worlds here – the satisfaction of eating a spaghetti meal without the added calories (which means more room for cheese). 

Just scoop some meatballs and marinara over your shredded spaghetti squash, and you’re good to go. 

Getting hungry? Check out these Italian meatballs with homemade marinara sauce.

Teriyaki tofu stir fry 

Add an Asian twist to your spaghetti squash by serving it with teriyaki tofu stir fry. 

This stir fry is a plant-based dish packed full of sweet and savory flavors that will make your mouth water. 

Even non-vegetarians will love it!

It’s quick and easy to make, and you can add pretty much any vegetables you have in the fridge. 

Ready to get cooking? Foodie Crush’s recipe is super tasty.

Tip: add a dash of red pepper flakes for a light, spicy kick.

Pesto chicken and veggies

Spaghetti squash on its own is pretty boring, so why not jazz it up with a serving of pesto chicken on the side?

Pesto sauce has a bright, herby flavor that works well with many dishes – spaghetti squash included. 

The sauce is an excellent contrast to the subtle sweetness of squash. 

And the addition of chicken and veggies makes this combination a complete and satisfying meal. 

Want to give this a try? Head over to Sum of Yum for the recipe.

Black bean and corn salad

This black bean and corn salad adds a Mexican flair to your plain, roasted spaghetti squash. 

This salad is a medley of black beans and juicy, vibrant vegetables, all tied together by the lime-cilantro dressing.

This zesty dressing gives the salad a fresh bite. 

Add spaghetti squash to the mix and you have a colorful feast for the eyes, it will look amazing on any table.

Cooking Classy suggests chopping everything small so you get a bit of everything in each bite. 

Garlic butter shrimp

One of my all-time favorite dinner party dishes is shrimp linguine. 

It sounds fancy and hard to cook, but it’s actually really simple. The indulgent flavors come together in under 20 minutes!

Swap the linguine for spaghetti squash, and you have a light and bright meal guaranteed to wow your guests.

Try this quick and easy garlic butter shrimp from salt and lavender. 

Hint: drizzle the leftover sauce over your spaghetti squash for extra flavor.

Steak chili

Chili needs something to mop up the sauce, but it can be pretty heavy so rice is sometimes too much.

That’s where spaghetti squash comes in. 

The spaghetti squash undercuts the rich, spicy, sauce and adds a hint of sweetness.

Using steak instead of mince makes this dish extra special. 

This best steak chili is topped with cilantro for a kick of freshness.

Stuffed portobello mushrooms

You can eat spaghetti squash on its own with a simple sauce, but these stuffed portobello mushrooms will really elevate your meal. 

Portobello mushrooms have a meaty texture and loads of umami flavor – enough to fool you into thinking you’re eating meat!

But the best part? 

The stuffing. 

The mushrooms are stuffed to the brim with a thick and cheesy spinach filling.

Even picky eaters would have a hard time saying no to this dish. 

These spinach stuffed portobello mushrooms don’t use breadcrumbs to keep them gluten-free.

Broccoli cheddar soup

This may be a weird food pairing, but trust me, it works. 

Especially if you have a thick, luxurious broccoli cheddar soup. 

You know, the kind that’s thick enough to completely coat your mouth? 

Ladle a scoop of this decadent soup over your shredded spaghetti squash like you would a sauce. 

Not a fan of broccoli soup?

Sub it out for your favorite soup flavor. Anything tomato-based will pair beautifully.

You can cook this creamy broccoli and cheddar soup on your stovetop, in a slow cooker, or in an instant pot.

Creamy mushroom pork tenderloin

Whether you’re cooking dinner for yourself or guests, this creamy mushroom pork tenderloin will be a mainstay on your menu. 

This dish has everything you’d want – a smooth, velvety sauce, melt-in-your-mouth pork, and earthy mushrooms.

Serve it alongside roasted spaghetti squash, and you’ve got a winning meal. 

It’s so good that you may find yourself licking your plate when you’re done eating. 

And all you need is 30 minutes to get this recipe from Salt and Lavender on the table. If you don’t like pork, you can use chicken instead. 

Cauliflower parmesan

Cauliflower parmesan is a fun take on the classic chicken parmesan dish.

As the name suggests, this is a thick cauliflower slice roasted and topped with marinara sauce and parmesan cheese. 

Prop a cauliflower steak over your spaghetti squash strands for a quick and healthy weeknight meal. 

These roasted cauliflower parmesans have crunchy, crispy edges to die for. And you can make them up to 5 days in advance.

Vegetable stew with dumplings

Who said comfort food can’t be vegan? 

This vegetable stew with dumplings is the epitome of comfort food.

Hearty and filling – it’s the best meal for a cold winter day. 

Now imagine your strands of spaghetti squash getting coated with the warm, flavorful broth of the stew. 


Sounds divine, doesn’t it? Get cozy with this vegan winter vegetable stew with cheesy, herby dumplings.

The best things to serve with spaghetti squash

  • Italian meatballs 
  • Teriyaki tofu stir fry 
  • Pesto chicken and veggies
  • Black bean and corn salad
  • Garlic butter shrimp
  • Steak chili
  • Stuffed portobello mushrooms
  • Broccoli cheddar soup
  • Creamy mushroom pork tenderloin
  • Cauliflower parmesan
  • Vegetable stew with dumplings
  • Carbonara or alfredo sauce
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Pepper steak

What To Serve With Spaghetti Squash

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with spaghetti squash.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: spaghetti squash side dishes, what to serve with spaghetti squash
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 31kcal


  • 1 portion spaghetti squash


  • Prepare your spaghetti squash according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: Italian meatballs, teriyaki tofu stir fry, pesto chicken and veggies, black bean and corn salad, garlic butter shrimp, steak chili, stuffed portobello mushrooms, broccoli cheddar soup, creamy mushroom pork tenderloin, cauliflower parmesan, and vegetable stew with dumplings.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 31kcal

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