Althea Brown’s Whole30 Spaghetti Squash Mac & Cheese

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Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

7-8 mins

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Althea Brown of @wholesomecaribbean developed this recipe for her blog while she was completing a Whole30 reset and wanted to enjoy a version of the macaroni and cheese her family was eating. Tender spaghetti squash “noodles” get coated in a creamy sauce made with cashews, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, and mustard. It’s hard to believe that the final version of this flavorful casserole is dairy and gluten-free.

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Dish

The Medium Shallow Dish

Ingredients

  • ¼  (225g) spaghetti squash, deseeded and cut into large pieces
  • teaspoons olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • ½ cup (70g) raw cashews
  • ¼ cup (60ml) warm water
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon nutritional yeast, plus ¾ teaspoon for garnish
  • ¾ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ teaspoon spicy brown mustard
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated, optional
  • smoked paprika, for garnish


Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place the spaghetti squash cut-side up in the Anyday dish and season with salt and olive oil. Cover with the lid (knob lifted) and cook in the microwave for 6-7 minutes, or until the squash can be pierced with a fork but is not yet fully tender.
  3. While the squash cooks, place the cashews, warm water, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, onion powder, and salt to taste in a blender and process until it becomes a smooth sauce. Set aside.
  4. Remove the squash from the dish and scoop out the flesh using a fork. Add the squash back into the Anyday dish and shred it with a fork. Add in the cashew sauce, chopped parsley, eggs, spicy mustard, and nutmeg if using, and mix well. Smooth the surface slightly and clean the sides of the dish, then top the dish with some nutritional yeast and paprika.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes for medium (30-40 for large) if you want a golden top. Alternatively, cook in the microwave for 1-2 minutes if you want to enjoy your dish right away.


Serving suggestions & tips

  • For a creamier dish, skip additional cook time and serve right away.
  • For a vegan-friendly dish, remove the eggs and add more cashew sauce.
  • Add turmeric for an extra golden delicious color.

Recipe notes

  • Find out more about Althea at metemgee.com
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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