Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

This Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin is a hearty fall meal that takes little effort to toss together. Mix up your dinner routine with a soft and cheesy squash dish that everyone is sure to love. Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin is seasoned with garlic and parsley, then topped with sour cream and cheese to make the perfect comfort dish.

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Are you looking for a super simple and healthy side dish that packs a punch in flavor? You’re not going to want to miss out on this Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin recipe. It’s one of those “why didn’t I think of that” dish that will keep you coming back for more.

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Our family is busy, but it’s important for me to be able to create a dinner for them that I know is going to be healthy, delicious and quick. And what better way to do this than by using our air fryer to knock out this simple side dish recipe?

Even though I keep referring to it as a side dish, you can totally make this the main dish. It’s one of those meals that you can whip up in no time at all. This has become one of our fall go-to recipes that is a hit every time.

Spaghetti squash has slowly become a very popular food, especially around the fall. However, it’s also pretty easy to find outside of the fall season. It makes for a delicious substitute when it comes to pasta and can be used in a plethora of ways. One of my first recipes using spaghetti squash was this spaghetti squash pad thai. The flavor of this squash makes it pretty versatile and the texture is softer than pasta, but still similar enough that it works well in its place. Some people have their reservations at first, as they always do, but they’ll soon find out how delicious it is.

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I fell in love with spaghetti squash and started using quite often in several of my recipes, like this chicken soup. One of my favorites is this Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin. It’s bursting with flavor and so much healthier than potatoes au gratin. Not to mention, it’s much quicker and easier than any au gratin dish I’ve ever made. So, I’m sure you can see why I prefer it to many other dishes. Not to mention, I like that it’s more unique and not the same old thing. 

 

Common Questions About Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

 

Is spaghetti squash healthy? 

It is! It’s packed full of vitamins and minerals and also has a lot of fiber in it. This makes it filling which will help you eat less and feel fuller longer which also eliminates the need or want for snacking later. 

What foods go well with spaghetti squash?

The great news about this winter vegetable is that a lot of varying foods pair up nicely with it. You can eat beefpork, or chicken with it easily or even create it as a “pasta” dish and have it with marinara. Or don’t pair it with anything and eat it on its own.

Can you eat spaghetti squash skin?

While it might be edible, I would steer clear of doing that. It’s not flavorful and once cooked, it can get really tough. Considering that it’s the outer skin, if not washed properly, you’re running the risk consuming a lot of germs and dirt.

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Can you freeze spaghetti squash?

You can, but you’re actually going to want to cook it first before doing so. Once you’ve got it all cooked, you then need to remove the outer skin before placing it into a freezer-safe bag. You also need to make certain that you’re letting it cool all the way first so you don’t get burned in the process! 

Cooling it down is important because you don’t want to freeze it while hot. If you do, that will release condensation in the freezer bag and it will cause the squash to be a bit watered down and possibly even turn to mush. 

How do you defrost cooked spaghetti squash?

This part is simple. You just need to remove from the freezer and steam for a few moments until completely thawed. I always reheat mine and you’ll want to as well just to be certain that you’re getting the squash to the proper temperature. There’s always a chance that freezing something and then unthawing it might change the texture a bit, but it shouldn’t mess with the taste or flavor at all. 

I just love passing on the knowledge about all of this to all of you! And if you’re lucky enough to have your own garden, I hope that you have some spaghetti squash growing. They’re actually pretty simple to grow and can easily feed a large group of people with ease. 

Now that we’ve talked about ways to cook, freeze and thaw, let’s dive into the details of this delicious air fryer recipe! 

 

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How Does Spaghetti Squash Taste?

Spaghetti squash has a much milder taste in comparison with other squashes. It has a very light sweetness to it while being almost tasteless. This is why so many people compare it to the flavor of the pasta. Pasta has a very mild flavor that’s almost nonexistent. So, think pasta, only softer and thinner. 

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

The ingredients listed below are enough to feed a family of 6, so keep that in mind if you’re whipping this up for a group of people. I’ve doubled and even tripled this recipe before, so just make certain that you plan ahead to make it happen efficiently. 

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Serves – 6

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-sized Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 medium-sized Red Onion, chopped
  • 4 fat cloves of Garlic, minced
  • ½ cup of loosely packed fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup of Sour Cream
  • ½ cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

Cut your spaghetti squash in half, scoop out seeds and season. Air fry for 20 minutes.

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Heat up a small pan. Saute onions and garlic until onions are soft. Remove from heat.

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Shred squash.

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Add sour cream, your sauteed onion-garlic mix, parsley, salt and pepper to the squash. Mix well.

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Fill a 1-quart casserole dish with mixture and top with cheese.

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Air fry for 10 minutes.

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Top with parsley and enjoy!

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

 

Tips for Making Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

 

  • It’s important that you scrape out the cooked squash with a fork. This aids in making the squash come out long and stringy like spaghetti. This also makes it easier to work with for this dish.
  • Top with fresh parsley when serving, if desired. Parsley makes a delicious addition to this dish as a garnish.
  • Be careful that you don’t scrape down too deep into the squash when gutting it. It can be easy to get overzealous in removing the guts and you end up removing a lot of the good flesh of the squash. This could leave your dish a little short if you’re not careful.
  • Be sure your squash is medium or averaged sized. If it’s too large or too small, it could change up the cooking time as well as the amounts for the other ingredients. 

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Now that you know how easily this recipe can be made, think about all the possibilities of incorporating it into your meal plan. Because it can have a bit of sweet taste, this can easily double as my meal and my dessert. There are some people that actually sprinkle on some brown sugar instead of adding on toppings and that easily turns this side dish into a simple and easy dessert.

Have fun creating this delicious spaghetti squash recipe. It’s a fun way to get your family and friends to eat their vegetables without forcing it upon them. Don’t forget to add on the fun toppings or give everyone a few options to add to their dish. 

The great thing about these air fryer spaghetti squash is that they can be customizable and altered as needed. However it’s done, the end result is delicious! 

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

 

If the squash has intimidated you up to this point, don’t worry one bit. Once you start making it or try it in a good recipe, you’ll be hooked like I am. Squash can be very versatile and used in many ways. Not to mention, it’s healthy and pretty easy to prepare and cook with. This Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin would be the perfect recipe to start within your squash journey.

Don’t forget to print out your recipe for later!

Yield: Serves 6

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

This Air Fryer Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin is a hearty fall meal that takes little effort to toss together. Mix up your dinner routine with a soft and cheesy squash dish that everyone is sure to love. Spaghetti squash is seasoned with garlic and parsley, then topped with sour cream and cheese to make the perfect comfort dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sized Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 medium sized Red Onion, chopped
  • 4 fat cloves of Garlic, minced
  • ½ cup of loosely packed fresh Parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup of Sour Cream
  • ½ cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut the spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and membranes. 
  2. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Air fry at 400F for 20 minutes. 
  4. While the spaghetti squash is air frying, heat up a small sate pan over medium heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil.
  5. Once the oil is hot, add the onions and garlic along with a pinch of salt and pepper. 
  6. Sauté over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, or till the onions are soft and slightly brown. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
  7. Once the squash is cool enough to handle, using a fork, shred the squash into long, thin, ‘spaghetti’ strands.
  8. Add the sour cream, sautéed onion-garlic mix, chopped parsley and salt and pepper to the shredded squash. Mix well.
  9. Liberally grease a 1 quart casserole dish. Add the spaghetti mix. 
  10. Add the shredded cheese evenly on top.
  11. Air fry at 350 for 10 minutes.
  12. Serve warm with a sprinkle of chopped parsley.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 161mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 5g
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