Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl with Lime Peanut Sauce

Created by Laura Wright
5 from 4 votes

Vegan spaghetti squash noodle bowl with lime peanut sauce, kale, and broccoli is a healthy vegan main. Simple, delicious and satisfying

An overhead shot of a spaghetti squash noodle bowl with bright green broccoli florets and a tan peanut sauce drizzled over the top. It is in a white bowl on a beige wood background.
An overhead shot of a spaghetti squash noodle bowl with bright green broccoli florets and a tan peanut sauce drizzled over the top. It is in a white bowl on a beige wood background.

This spaghetti squash noodle bowl is something you might catch me fixing up for dinner on a normal day. I might pre-roast the whole squash and make up a version of the vegan peanut sauce at the beginning of the week, reheat the strands with some stock in a sauté pan and top it all up as I’ve done here. I never make a dressing or sauce the same way twice, and this peanut lime one is no exception. The list of ingredients seems long, but it’s largely a compilation of pantry items that can be subbed, swapped or chopped altogether. I just kind of throw it all into my Vitamix and taste and re-blend, rinse, repeat :)

If you’d like to make this a bit heartier, you could whip up a batch of crispy sesame garlic tofu to serve alongside. I generally have faith that I’m getting enough plant-based sources of protein throughout the day. But if this is top of mind for you, definitely go for some tofu or even steam some edamame along with the broccoli for an extra hit. You could also tangle up some whole grain or brown rice-based noodles with the spaghetti squash strands!

If you love spaghetti squash, I have another excellent recipe with it that involves garlicky arugula cream and chickpeas right here. So good!

An overhead shot of jars of ingredients for peanut sauce on a naturally lit grey countertop.
A 3/4 angle shot of some peanut sauce in a glass carafe. The carafe is on a beige-blue wood background.
Two photos: one of a roasted spaghetti squash with the seeds scooped out. The other is a close up shot of some red Russian kale with water droplets on the leaves.
An overhead shot of a spaghetti squash noodle bowl with bright green broccoli florets and a tan peanut sauce drizzled over the top. It is in a white bowl on a beige wood background.

Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl with Lime Peanut Sauce

Vegan spaghetti squash noodle bowl with lime peanut sauce, kale, and broccoli is a healthy vegan main. Simple, delicious and satisfying
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

Lime Peanut Sauce

  • ½ inch fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce of your choosing
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ½ teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon tamari soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp toasted sesame oil (optional)
  • ½ cup grapeseed oil

Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl

  • 1 large spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise and seeds scooped out
  • 4 cups thinly sliced kale
  • 4-5 cups broccoli florets
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup chopped toasted nuts (cashews, almonds etc)
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro or parsley
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Equipment

Notes

  • Definitely use the sharpest knife you’ve got for the spaghetti squash. You don’t want to be pulling a stubborn knife out of a half-cut squash.
  • You could also use tahini, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter in place of the peanut butter

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a blender and blend until fully incorporated. Taste for seasoning and set aside.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment and place the squash halves, cut side down, onto the sheet. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the flesh pulls away in easy strands.
  • While the squash is baking, place the sliced kale in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Once you’ve taken the squash out of the oven, set a medium saucepan with about an inch of water over medium heat. Bring it to a simmer. Place the broccoli florets into a steamer basket and drop it into the pot, closing the lid on top. Let the broccoli steam for 3-4 minutes, or until tender. Keep warm.
  • While broccoli is steaming, scrape the spaghetti strands out with a fork into the large bowl with the sliced kale. The heat from the squash should wilt the kale slightly. Pour a big splash of the dressing into the bowl, season with salt and pepper and lightly toss the squash and kale.
  • Remove broccoli from the heat. Portion the squash and kale into 4 bowls. Top each bowl with the steamed broccoli, red onions, chopped nuts, sesame seeds, chopped herbs and extra sauce.
06/03/2013 (Last Updated 05/08/2023)
Posted in: autumn, broccoli, creamy, earthy, gluten free, grain-free, kale, main course, quick, salty, sauce, sour, spring, summer, sweet, vegan, winter

103 comments

Recipe Rating




  • Bretty

    The peanut sauce is fantastic! Thanks for sharing x

  • Kati

    Just a tip about cutting spaghetti squash (or any squash), because it is tough. Just poke some holes in the sucker and throw it in the oven whole in a baking dish. Cover with tin foil if you like. It’s much easier to cut when it’s cooked.
    Just about to make this. Looks delicious!

    • Laura Wright

      Love this tip, Kati! Totally using it when the spaghetti squashes in my garden are ready :)

  • Renata

    I just saw this picture and my stomach already started to smile!!! I just love noodles and brocoli!!! My new favourite dish!
    Excelente blog…!! Keep going!
    Hugs from Viña del Mar – Chile

  • Jennifer S

    I just made this, and it is amazing! and so incredibly easy! I added a whole bunch of mushrooms to mine too (shiitake and button) and it was great match with it!

    well done, i will definitely make this for my friends.

  • Debbie

    This looks delish! Put your spaghetti squash into microwave for 5-8 minutes depending on its size and it softens the tough skin enough to make it easy to cut through.

  • Jenny R

    This sounds so good! I like to cook spaghetti squash whole in the slow cooker. No sharp knife needed! 5-6 hours on Low with a couple tablespoons of water in the bottom to keep the skin from sticking. You really can’t overcook it with this method. When it’s done, cut it in half and scrape out the seeds/goo and you are good to go. You don’t get any roasty brown bits, but for a dish like this it probably doesn’t matter. Just buy a squash that fits whole into your slow cooker pot.

    • Laura Wright

      Great tip, Jenny! Thanks so much :)

  • Sara

    Reporting back–made this and it’s delicious! The sauce really brings it together. I have nigella seeds and I loved using them on top, not just for visual but also for their taste. Thanks.

  • Jessilee

    Hi there! I found this site through Pinterest, and I just wanted to let you know that I made this recipe (with rice noodles because spaghetti squash isn’t in stock anywhere where I live) and it’s delicious. I’ve been looking for a great peanut sauce for quite a while, and this is a keeper. Thank you for sharing!

  • J

    Made this tonight and it was delicious!! My husband loved it too and said it could be served in a restaurant! Thanks!

  • Clare

    I am definitely trying this! My stomach is grumbling just looking at it!

  • Bailey

    This was wonderful! I just finished eating it. A great healthy dish for when I’m needing some Thai food. I love spaghetti squash, but only used it with marinara sauce. This is now my new favorite!

  • Robyn

    About how many cups cooked squash would you say you used? I don’t think my squash is “large” so i’m going to cook 2 but don’t wan’t to end up with too much for the sauce.

    THANKS! :)

    • Laura Wright

      Hey Robyn! I would say in the area of 4-5 cups of cooked squash. Hope that helps :)
      -L

  • Annalise

    Found this recipe from Pinterest, and tried it tonight for dinner. Fabulous! The lime peanut sauce is amazing, definitely something I’ll be making again. I think next time I’ll add some shrimp or chicken.

  • Sara

    Just made this tonight for dinner. The lime-peanut sauce is fantastic and really livens up squash (which I’m not always a fan of). I even had the black sesame seeds to sprinkle on top which was a great finishing touch.

  • Kathryne

    Sorry to hear about the meanies, Laura. You radiate kindness in real life. Listening to Solange now on spotify, thanks for the head’s up!

  • Andrea

    Defaulting to kindness is a beautiful way to live, keep it up.
    And the food looks delish too :-)

  • dashesofawesome

    This is a great gluten-free alternative to pasta, and will likely be dinner one night this week! Thanks for posting!

  • Nat @ The Apple Diaries

    That lime peanut sauce looks insanely good! If could also work as a salad dressing.

    Great recipe :)

  • hungryandfrozen

    PS: obSESSED with Solange <3

  • Jilly Inspired

    Hi There, recently I decided to post comments on food blogger sites that I regularly turn to for inspiration. I popped over to your site first and read this post. It’s the perfect time to tell you how much I love your blog. As a food blogger, I can understand how you feel. Your blog is always on my top 10 list. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Mikey F.

    Kindness is such a great gift to give, even to those who upset us. I loved your words, wise and thoughtful. And this recipe, I MUST TRY.

    Lots of love, and light,
    M.

  • mich

    I made this last night for dinner and it was AMAZING! I am thinking of all the other things I can put the dressing on. Thanks!

  • Ashley

    These photos are stunning and this recipe sounds spectacular! What lens are you using for these? Beautiful all around!

    • Laura Wright

      Hey Ashley! I shot this post with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4. Loving that one big time lately. xo

  • Liz M

    has anyone figured the ww points on this dish?

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

    This looks amazing! I’ve loved spaghetti squash every time I’ve cooked it in the past (although I paired mine with a traditional tomato sauce and meatballs)–but I need to try this peanut sauce. I’m sure it would be great on so many things, all the flavors sound right up my alley.

    Love the pictures! :)

  • sara forte

    it always seems lunch is a huge salad of whatever leftovers are around. I get frustrated sometimes ranting to hugh that I just want healthy/light WARM food instead of a hodge podge salad. I love love winter squash but have never tried it with peanut sauce – sounds like perfection. I’m in need of some new sauces, thanks for the idea.

  • carey

    Ugh, what is wrong with those jerk people? Sometimes I wonder if I spend too much time wrapped up in the computer/Internet, between working and reading and blogging. And then I remind myself that I’m actually creating things and having an awesome time, and not just some dipstick trolling behind the anonymity of a computer screen, which is THE LAMEST.

    The spaghetti squash is near and dear to my heart, as it was one of the first things I made when I began experimenting with cooking. Consequently, I’ve been stuck on pairing it with alfredo sauce, since that was the sauce I originally made for it as well. (Nostalgic to a fault, that’s me!) I was also never sure what to use in place of it, since tomato sauce + spaghetti squash didn’t quite appeal to me (for whatever reason). But lime peanut sauce sounds so awesome, and much better on so many levels. :)

  • Lauren @ A Nerd Cooks

    Y’know, haters gonna hate… Don’t let them get you down.

    This dish looks insanely good! I can’t wait to make it. Keep doing what you’re doing =)

  • Jasmine

    These all look so delicious. can’t wait to try.

  • Larissa

    I just discovered your blog and am totally inspired by it. Making this tonight!

  • Shira

    A perfect meal if I ever saw one and has literally all my favorite things. Too funny as this has been my “yellow and green vegetable week” as I try to get back to basics for the transition to spring foods – I think you read my mind! Gorgeous Laura!

  • Elenore Bendel Zahn

    Whaaaat? I don´t get it – you are like the most loving and sweet person alive! Wierd.. but honey, right approach you have there. Give and receive (plus some vanilla rooibos of course)

    Big hug to you gorgeous lady.

  • Nicola Galloway

    When I come to an unhappy comment I just try and remember it is not about me but the person who wrote it that is hurting and their words just come out hurtful. Not fun to recieve though.

    Thanks for the yummy bowl inspiration, the sauce sounds fantastic :)

  • la domestique

    Love the colors and textures in this dish! It hurts my heart that someone has been either aggressive or passively aggressive to you. In moments that test my kindness, I think about how when this whole journey of life is done do I want to have to watch a replay of my life and see myself acting like a jerk. No, I do not. So I try to be kind. I try. :)

  • Joanne

    It really is appalling the emails that “readers” think they can send bloggers – as if we aren’t real people with feelings!!! I’m so sorry you had to experience that. hopefully this delicious meal helped a bit! I love all things peanut sauce and it’d make just about any day better!

  • Ariel

    Ooh how lucky, I just roasted an enormous spaghetti squash this weekend and have tons of leftovers! I’m a big fan of your blog, and excited to give another one of your recipes a try! :)

  • Eileen

    There is definitely not enough spaghetti squash in rotation at our house. :) I love the idea of taking the “noodles” away from the typical marinara sauce and toward the Asian peanut and lime!

  • melissa

    This recipe looks lovely! Thank-you for the inspiration :)

  • Dana @ Vanishing Veggie

    I am a vegan trying to lose weight, and this would be a PERFECT quick dinner. It looks beautiful and tasty!

  • Sara

    I’ve been needing some good inspiration for spaghetti squash. This dish looks gorgeous and can only imagine is just as delicious!

  • Astrid

    Love your blog, and love your creative recipies. Just ignore the silly people who send you hate mail….many more think your great!

  • michelle

    internet haters are the worst kind of haters. boy does this look delish. i can’t wait to have a second usable hand so i can make it!

  • Cassie

    Haters always gonna hate! Just know that for as many people who might talk smack about the blog, there are exponentially more who love it! I look at a lot of food blogs and yours is one of my favorites. Your recipes are always spot on and totally creative. I just put spaghetti squash on my shopping list so I can make today’s dish ASAP.

  • robyn

    Where is the Cauli in the ingredient list…I see in the instructions to cook,,,is it for the sauce or as part of the bowl??

    • Laura Wright

      Robyn, that was an error on my part. Should have been “broccoli florets.” Changed it! Thanks for noticing :)
      -L

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

    Oh this bowl looks divine! Anytime peanuts and spaghetti squash is involved, I’m so in!

  • thelittleloaf

    This is the kind of dish I love to eat for lunch, fresh, clean and full of bright, zingy flavours. I’ve never tried substituting spaghetti squash for noodles but it looks lovely – did you say it would keep well for a few days too?

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Looove this! It looks so fabulous!

  • hungryandfrozen

    Passive-aggressive emails? About THIS blog? Worst! Here is a totally non-passive-aggressive, transparent message to say that I love your blog, keep doing what you’re doing and if you can manage to stay positive then go you. I am also super envious of your access to spaghetti squash since they sound pretty fascinating. But at least I can make the dressing which sounds so, so good.

  • Anouk

    Sweetie!! How in the world could people possibly be so cruel as to spam you with unfriendly messages? Sounds like it’s been spinning around in your head – I’d say: “don’t let it get to you”, but hey, we all know that’s easier said than done… You put your heart & soul in this place – inside out – which I find very brave & inspiring. Just remember: you rock! Keep on making my day with your warming words & fabulous food. <>