Spaghetti Squash with Garlic, Spinach & Shrimp Recipe

So I fell in love with cooking spaghetti squash and am no longer intimidated by it.  I can easily cut them now, split them and cooking them is incredibly simple (especially with this awesome knife). It also turns out dinner guests have a ton of fun scraping their own noodles out of the squash so it’s a lot of fun to eat as well.

My friend is visiting from Brazil and asked if I’d make him dinner.  Since I had good luck cooking a spaghetti squash marinara the previous week, I decided why not give it a shot.  His only requirements are that I had shrimp and bacon in the dish.  Instead of just doing those, I also added chorizo for heat and garlic spinach because it’s delicious and brings all of the other flavors together.

This dish has a bunch of steps, but they’re all super easy and it only takes an hour to make.  It came out incredibly amazing and I highly recommend you try making it as well.  (I ended up not putting the chorizo inside for the images because it was better once I crumbled it and put it over the stuff on the plate after we scraped it).

spaghetti squash with garlic, shrimp and spinach

So here’s how to make my garlic, shrimp, bacon, spinach and chorizo spaghetti squash.  

You will need:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 4 giant shrimp (or however many littler ones you want)
  • 1 head of spinach
  • 8 cloves of garlic (I use 12 since I love the taste)
  • 1/2 to 1 pound of bacon sliced thick
  • ground black pepper
  • sea salt
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • chorizo
  • Parmesan cheese (shredded or flaked)
  • Basil leaves

Start by preheating your oven to 400 and then line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Next wash the outside of your spaghetti squash and then slice it with your knife and lay it face up.  Now pour in some extra virgin olive oil so you have a small puddle and then sprinkle in sea salt and ground black pepper.  Rub the sides of the squash so that the mixture covers the inside and the top parts and then place them face down on the covered baking pan and bake for about 40 minutes.

spinash and shrimp stuffed spaghetti squash

Now that the squash is baking, tkae your bacon and cut it into large chunks and then cook it until it’s crispy.  Then remove from the pan.

Next take a large pan and pour in some extra virgin olive oil and add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, or just use the pan that has the bacon fat in it.  That’s what I did below.  Next chop up some garlic cloves so that they are in thick slices and you can get the juice and flavor out.  I smash instead of chopping mine when I want a ton of flavor,,,but that can be over powering for some.

Now chop or slice your basil leaves and throw them, the shrimp and garlic and saute them in the pan until they’re cooked.

sauteing garlic spinach and shrimp

sauteed garlic shrimp and spinach

Now that you have an amazing mix of shrimp, garlic, spinach and bacon, turn the heat to medium low and toss the bacon chunks back in.  Next add in the spinach and then cover it until it wilts and darkens.  This took me about 40 minutes which meant my spaghetti squash was perfectly cooked.  (I also cooked and sliced a chorizo but don’t have it in the picture here.  I added it on the next step but did not saute it with the shrimp.

parmesan, shrimp and garlic spinach spaghetti squash

Remove the spaghetti squash from the oven and when it’s cool, turn it over.  Add the chorizo and shrimp and everything into the middle areas and then sprinkle Parmesan cheese over them.  Now place back in the oven for about ten minutes and then remove.  Once it’s cool enough to handle, plate and serve.

spaghetti squash with garlic, shrimp and spinach

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