Monday, April 8, 2013

spaghetti squash with avocado pesto {gf}

We finally attempted to make our own pesto, and the verdict is two enthusiastic thumbs up. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite dishes. I don't know why homemade pesto has always been so intimidating to me. But I can now say, it truly is super simple to make. Why didn't you all tell me? This dish has so many good-for-you fats (avocado, walnut) and greens (spinach, basil) and is surprisingly filling. You can easily make this vegan by omitting the parm. If you haven't tried spaghetti squash with anything other than tomato sauce, here's your chance. And just look at those gorgeous pastel colors...perfect for spring. 

spaghetti squash with avocado pesto
{vegetarian, gluten free}

*1 medium spaghetti squash
*1 ripe avocado
*2 cups spinach
*1 cup basil
*3 tbsp lime juice
*2 cloves garlic
*1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
*1/2 cup chopped walnuts
*salt and pepper to taste

1.Preheat the oven to 400.
2.Slice the spaghetti squash in half & scoop out the seeds.
3.Place face down in baking dish with 1/2" water.
4.Cook for 40 min.
5.Meanwhile, place the remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Keep scraping down the sides until fully mixed. Refrigerate until needed.
6.When the squash is done, scoop out the inside. It will resemble noodles.
7.Place a large scoop of pesto over the squash and serve warm.

Serves 4

What's for dinner tonight?
Linked to:
Simply Sugar & Gluten Free HERE
New Nostalgia HERE
Allergy Free Alaska HERE


  1. Looks so good! I have yet to make my own pesto also! Will be trying soon! Thanks for sharing with Walking on Sunshine Facebook page. This will be our Recipe Pick of the Day tomorrow! Come on over!

    1. Thanks for stopping by...and for choosing our recipe for your "Pick of the Day!" I'll definitely swing on by!

  2. Beautiful! Love this recipe-pinned it to try!

    1. Thanks Beth! Let us know how you like it.

  3. I love pesto. I'll have to try this sans cheese.

    1. Cheese or no cheese...I'm sure it will still be delish!