Who needs spaghetti when you’ve got spaghetti squash? Once you try this creamy Spring Pea Spaghetti Squash Alfredo made with a dairy-free hemp and cashew sauce, you’ll realize you don’t!
Why Spaghetti Squash?
Spaghetti squash is a great substitute for regular pasta – it has a very similar look and feel, yet is low calorie (4o calories per cup) and low glycemic (glycemic load 2), unlike traditional pasta which is 220 calories per cup and higher glycemic (glycemic load of 23). You get all the fun of pasta without eating refined carbs. That is a WIN!
The creamy “Alfredo” sauce is made from a mix of soaked cashews and hemp seeds. You could use just cashews, but I love the benefits of hemp seeds. They provide essential, anti-inflammatory omega-3s, complete protein, and minerals like iron and magnesium.
Cashews are an excellent plant-based substitute for dairy, because they add a rich and creamy texture.
You can add additional parsley and baby greens or sprouts. I love broccoli sprouts, and that’s what I used here.
Try This Spaghetti Squash Alfredo
If you missed my earlier post on how to make spaghetti squash, be sure to check it out briefly first, so you see a quick step-by-step tutorial of how to cook it so you start with the best, longest, most spaghetti-like strands.
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- 1 medium sized spaghetti squash
- ½ cup cashews + ½ cup hemp seeds (soaked in 1 cup filtered water at least 2 hours or overnight)
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/4 cup water
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup peas (frozen)
- 1 cup chopped parsley (optional)
- Extra black pepper (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Slice the spaghetti squash into 1½-inch thick rings, scoop out the seeds and discard or reserve for another use. Lay the rings out flat on a parchment lined baking sheet, and bake for 40 minutes.
- To make the alfredo sauce, add the soaked cashews and hemp seeds (including the water), garlic, lemon juice, additional water, salt and pepper to a blender (a bullet blender works well) and blend on high for 1 minute or until super creamy and smooth. Set aside.
- To make the peas, fill a medium saucepan with a few cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the peas, and cook for about 3 minutes, or according to package directions. Drain and put back in the now empty pot.
- When the spaghetti squash is done, use a fork to scrape the flesh into spaghetti squash strands into a large bowl, and discard the skin. (Watch the video on how easy it is to make spaghetti squash). Then add the squash back to the pot with the peas.
- Pour the alfredo sauce over the spaghetti squash, and add the chopped parsley (if desired) and mix everything well until all the spaghetti squash is evenly coated in the sauce. To serve, add a little extra fresh cracked black pepper, if desired.
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutrition and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers a 28-day healthy eating meal plan that teaches you how to batch cook, as well as one to clear up acne. Her most popular program is EatSLIM, a 10-week online group glass that guides participants to develop healthy eating habits that stick – and lose weight, boost their metabolism, improve their digestion, and quit sugar.
She writes healthy and delicious plant-based recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of the #1 New Release on Amazon, The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke, which has been praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazines. You can find her on instagram @mariamarlowe.