Crazy for noodles but don’t want the carbs? Check out this easy and tasty pasta hack that uses spaghetti squash! With a buttery and crunchy topping and cheese throughout, this is one air fryer Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan recipe you can’t miss!
This is an effortless side dish or meatless main dish that’s packed with flavor. Hungry for this keto spaghetti squash recipe? Read on and I, Chef Jenn, will show you all my tips to make this impressive but super-easy dish!
What You Need To Make Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan
- An air fryer – I use a multi-function Cuisinart model. I like how it isn’t just a one-trick pony, and while it does have a bigger footprint on my counter, we use it EVERY day. Several times a day. So it’s a good investment for our lifestyle. Any model air fryer will work, just make sure the capacity is big enough to hold the spaghetti squash.
- Spaghetti squash – the bigger it is, the longer it’ll take to cook. A 2-pound spaghetti squash is sufficient for 4 side dishes or 2 entrees.
- Mozzarella cheese – shred your own to avoid the starchy anti-clumping agents in pre-shredded cheese
- Parmesan cheese – this is where a little goes a long way. Use a good quality Parmesan for the very best flavor. Use vegetarian Parmesan cheese to make this a vegetarian keto recipe.
- Pork Panko
- Dried thyme
- Garlic powder
- Avocado oil
How To Buy Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash is a fun vegetable with a fairly mild squash flavor. Look for ovalish and bright yellow spaghetti squash that are firm to the touch and have a bit of a hollow sound if you knock on them with your knuckles.
Spaghetti squash is usually sold by the pound, so be careful because the price can add up quickly if you buy a big one! They are usually cheaper when they’re in season.
When Is Spaghetti Squash in Season?
Spaghetti squash is a cool weather crop, so look for them in the fall. They are usually available year-round, but your best chance of getting a locally-grown one is in the fall and early winter.
How to Make This Keto Spaghetti Squash Recipe
- Cut the spaghetti squash in half and remove the seed and yucky bits from the middle. Drizzle it with the oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place the squash on the tray or in the basket of your air fryer set to 360-F. Air fry it for about 30 minutes or until the squash is tender and the strands pull away easily with a fork.
- Fluff the spaghetti squash strands and mix with the mozzarella cheese.
- Top with the crumb topping made by mixing the pork Panko with Parmesan, dried thyme, and garlic powder.
- Air fry it for an additional 2-3 minutes or until golden brown on top.
- Serve and enjoy!
Chef Jenn’s Tips
- Use a good stainless steel serving spoon to scoop out the innards from the squash. Compost the innards if you can!
- Use the back of a spoon to spread the oil around the spaghetti squash.
- Spaghetti squash needs a fair bit of salt, but the cheese and topping are also salty so don’t overdo the salt until you can taste the final dish.
- Cover the squash with foil if it starts to get too brown in your air fryer.
- Serve the squash in its skin for a pretty and compostable serving dish.
What To Serve With This Dish
Spaghetti squash is a much-loved dish in my house, and we gobble it up as a side dish to many entrees. Some of my favorite pairings are: Italian Turkey & Peppers, Pot Roast with Bacon, and Meatloaf Casserole. Another tasty pick would be these crockpot Ranch Pork Chops.
Can I Freeze Spaghetti Squash?
Yes! Unlike some other squash, spaghetti squash freezes beautifully. To freeze this dish, chill it thoroughly and then freeze portions of it in air-tight containers or a plastic bag with air squeezed out of it. Freeze it for up to three months.
To thaw, let it thaw in the fridge overnight and warm it gently in the microwave or the oven.
Frequently Asked Questions
Heck ya! It’s not the lowest carb vegetable out there, but with just about 6 net carbs per generous 1/2 cup serving, this dish is totally keto.
I won’t lie to you – no. No it doesn’t taste like pasta. However, when load it with flavor and cheese it does bear a resemblance to pasta. It has a slightly sweet, herbal flavor that pairs well with many other flavors.
Yes, you sure can, and if you do, that spaghetti-like texture is going to turn into mush. Check it and if it strands easily with a fork, then it is cooked. It might be a bit crunchy still – that’s OK!
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Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan
- Drizzle each spaghetti squash half with avocado oil and then sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
- Cook in your air fryer at 360-F for about 30 minutes or until the squash is tender and easily pulls into strands with your fork.
- Fluff the squash, leaving it inside the shell. Mix in the mozzarella.
- Add the topping – mix the Parmesan with pork Panko, dried thyme, and garlic powder in a small bowl and spoon it generously on top.
- Air fry for an additional 2-3 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. Enjoy!
A Note on Nutritional Information
Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed. Erythritol carbs (sugar substitutes) are not included in the carbohydrate counts as they have been shown not to impact blood sugar, and they have zero calories and zero carbs. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.