Spaghetti Squash with Pistachio Gremolata

June 6, 2016
Spaghetti Squash with Pistachio Gremolata

Author Notes:

Dithered about whether to call this gremolata or pesto - it's either a pistachio-parsley pesto or a pistachio gremolata. These are the things that keep me up at night..... That being said, this dish is like the unicorn of specialty dietary requirements - vegan AND low-carb. Plus, you can knock it out in your microwave like a boss with zero loss of awesomeness.


Serves: 2-4


  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • ~2 cups flat-leaf italian parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup (scant) olive oil
  • salt, if necessary
In This Recipe


  1. Cook your spaghetti squash. Cut the squash in half long ways. I remove the seeds after cooking since it's easier, but some folks like to do it before cooking - whatever blows your hair back. If you're using the microwave (better in the heat of summer), place face down in a microwaveable baking dish. Add ~1/2 cup of water and cover with plastic wrap. Turn your turntable off (unless you like the rhythmic clanging noise) and microwave for 7 minutes. Turn. Microwave 7 minutes. Turn. Microwave 5 minutes. Test for doneness by poking the skin with your finger. When it feels slightly soft, it's done. Remove plastic wrap carefully and remove the seeds. Shred the meat of the squash with two forks until you have strands.
  2. If you're using the oven, preheat to 400 degrees and prep the squash as described above (except for the plastic wrap bit). Cook for 35-45 minutes and shred as in the previous step.
  3. In a food processor combine the pistachios, lemon juice, garlic and parsley and pulse until you have a course sauce. I like some larger bits of pistachios for texture but if you prefer a smoother sauce, keep on going. Slowly add the olive oil while pulsing to combine. Add salt if necessary. I shelled a bag of snacking pistachios for this recipe so it already had enough salt but if you're using plain nuts, you will probably need the salt.
  4. Serve the spaghetti squash with the pistachio gremolata heaped on top. If you're not keeping it dairy free, some shavings of fresh parmesan would not go amiss here.

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