Spaghetti Squash Taco Nests

Spaghetti Squash Taco Nests are tasty, low carb, gluten-free, noodle nests with taco meat filling and all the awesome toppings. Roasted cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, spaghetti squash, and fresh chopped basil make this dish a delicious refreshing meal! The muffin cups make this a fun twist on Caprese. 

Optavia Spaghetti Squash Nests Taco Recipe

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 15 minutesCook time:1 hour Rest time:00 minutesTotal time:1 hour 50 minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:360 kcal Best Season:Summer


Cutting spaghetti squash into horizontal rings instead of in half lengthwise not only cuts down on cooking time but also makes for a fun presentation.


    Spaghetti Squash Nests:

  • Taco Filling:


    Spaghetti Squash Nest Directions:

  1. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Bake spaghetti squash halves with the cut side down on a sheet pan at 400⁰F for 30 minutes, until the flesh of the squash, can be shredded with a fork.
  2. Remove the squash from the oven, allow it to cool, and shred the flesh with a fork into a bowl. Measure out 4 cups, saving any leftovers for another meal.
  3. Combine the spaghetti squash with the salt, parmesan, and eggs; mix well.
  4. Fill 12 indentations of a silicone muffin pan or a muffin pan lined with parchment baking cups with the spaghetti squash mixture, leaving a well in the center of each for the filling.
  5. Bake the spaghetti squash nests at 400⁰F for 12 minutes until they begin to brown.
  6. Taco Filling

  7.  In a non-stick skillet, cook the diced pepper in oil for about 2 minutes.
  8. Add the ground turkey, taco seasoning, and lime juice; cook for about 2 minutes.
  9. Mix in the cilantro, and fill each nest with an equal amount of the turkey mixture.
  10. Top with cheese, and bake at 425⁰F for 8 minutes.
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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 4

Servings 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 360
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 134mg45%
Sodium 462mg20%
Total Carbohydrate 21g8%
Dietary Fiber 4g16%
Sugars 9g
Protein 11g22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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