Today I'm sharing one of my favorite simple dinner recipes: spaghetti squash Alfredo. This is not your typical Alfredo sauce made with parmesan and butter (and sometimes cream). My version also includes homemade yogurt cream cheese, which adds a delightful tang that makes this dish positively addictive. So much so, that I've been known to eat it for breakfast.
Homemade yogurt cream cheese is super simple to make and – unlike its store-bought cousins – is free of nasty thickeners and stabilizers. In a bind you could certainly use organic, store-bought cream cheese for equally delicious (if slightly less wholesome) results.
I love using spaghetti squash as a fresh and light, grain-free alternative to pasta, making this comfort food your tummy will love too.
Supplies for yogurt cream cheese
- 1 quart full fat yogurt – store-bought or make easy countertop yogurt with this recipe
- 1 flour sack kitchen towel (clean and dry)
- 2 strong rubber bands
- 1 large bowl
How to make yogurt cream cheese
- Line bowl with towel. Pour yogurt into towel-lined bowl. Gather corners of towel and secure using rubber bands.
- Hang pouch from kitchen cabinet handle over bowl to catch dripping whey. Allow to drain for about 12 hours or until desired consistency is reached.
- Using a large spoon, gently scoop and scrape cream cheese from draining towel into a glass container to serve and store. Add sea salt to your taste.
- Reserve whey in refrigerator for later use.
Spaghetti squash alfredo ingredients
- 1 spaghetti squash (apx. 1 pound)
- 8 oz. yogurt cream cheese
- 1/2 cup cream, preferably from grass-fed cows
- 1 cup parmesan
- 1/2 cup butter, preferably from grass-fed cows
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Red chili flakes (optional)
Spaghetti squash alfredo method
- In a shallow, non-reactive baking dish, roast the squash at 375F for 30-45 minutes or until squash is soft when punctured with a fork. When cool enough to handle, cut squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and discard. Gently scoop out “spaghetti” flesh and set aside.
- Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium/low heat. Grate parmesan. Add cream cheese and Parmesan to butter, stirring until melted. Remove from heat, and add cream.
- Using an immersion blender, blend ingredients until smooth.
- In a skillet, combine spaghetti squash and Alfredo sauce. Warm over low heat, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve with chili flakes on the side.
This looks fabulous! Can’t wait to try!
Tarzan Kay says
This looks like heaven in a bowl. I’m definitely doing this. I tried spaghetti squash mac ‘n’ cheese once, but no one in the house would eat it but me. (It was tasty, but the texture scared off my peeps).
It sounds very good! When you say cream chesse you mean something like “philadelphia” cheese from Kraft? I’m not an english native, so some words ara difficult to translate to what we have in our countruy. Thank you!
Blanca, you can use Philadelphia cream cheese, but I think she is trying to get you to make your own homemade yogurt cream cheese instead. Like she says, you can just drain some yogurt overnight and it will leave you with a very thick yogurt the consistency of cream cheese. It’s tangy, but that is part of the charm. Good luck!
Amanda Martin says
OMG this looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it.
My whole family LOVES this meal!!
Thank you Emily!