This healthy take on spaghetti uses squash in place of pasta and nut parmesan in place of cheese, resulting in a clot-busting anti-inflammatory meal your whole family will love.

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with
Pesto and Nut Parmesan “Cheese” (V)(P)


  • 1 spaghetti squash

  • 1 teaspoon EVOO

  • Sea salt and pepper, freshly ground
  • Pesto
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 2 cups basil
  • 1-2 tablespoon EVOO
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • Toppings
  • Parsley 
Pumpkin seeds

  • Nut parmesan "cheese"


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. If your squash is quite large, start by slicing off the stem. This makes it easier to slice through and also gives you a flat base to work with. You can do this on a cutting board or an old tea towel. Place squash at end down. With a chef’s knife, slice down the middle lengthwise. With a metal ice cream scoop or spoon, scoop out the seeds and guts. Brush halves with a small amount of olive oil (1⁄2 teaspoon oil on each). Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cut side down. Roast for around 35 to 45 minutes. The outer yellow skin will deepen in color.
  2. Make the pesto: Place the walnuts in the processor first and pulse them to a course meal (you don’t want to turn it into a powder). Then add all the other ingredients into the food processor and pulse a few times to combine.
  3. Remove the squash from oven and flip each half. Use a fork to see if the strands easily come off. When ready, cool for about 5 to 10 minutes and then use the fork to scrape the squash so that if forms spaghetti-like strands. Place the pesto in a pan to warm up. Then add the squash strands and combine. Serve immediately.
  4. Garnish with parsley, pumpkin seeds, and nut parmesan cheese.

Mind Kind recipes are developed by Dr. Ayesha Sherzai, a practicing neurologist with a culinary and nutrition background. Each recipe is crafted to provide optimum taste, convenience, and health benefits.

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