Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas & Garlicky Arugula Cream

Created by Laura Wright
5 from 4 votes

Stuffed spaghetti squash with chickpeas and garlicky arugula cream is a low fuss, super satiating and flavourful vegan meal.

An overhead shot of a stuffed spaghetti squash half on top of a matte black plate that’s set on top of a grey linen tablecloth. Inside the spaghetti squash is chickpeas, bright green garlicky arugula cream and leaves of arugula as well.
An overhead shot of ingredients for stuffed spaghetti squash on top of a worn wooden cutting board that’s set on top of a grey linen tablecloth.


It’s been a while! Sending out my best and warmest for the new year. I sort of checked-out from computer screens in a general way around the holidays.  We watched a lot of basketball, made delicious food without documentation, hung out in real time with family, played boardgames, read books. Kind of boring simple stuff, but great all the same. I think when you start seeing those boring things for the real blessings that they are, your perspective changes a bit.

While I’m trying to go gentler on myself in 2017, I know that re-examining lifestyle habits is a mood in January. The juicers get dusted off. It’s possible that you’ve read a 12th article about the Whole 30 in a matter of days. Also, I don’t know about you, but our gym is way more happening lately. I kind of love that everyone gets on board with the positivity of change for a few weeks at least.

This recipe is pretty simple and all-the-way wholesome, but totally lush too. There’s 10 core ingredients with a simple blender sauce that brings plenty of sparkle. When I need a touch of richness or a fast sauce, I almost always start with raw cashew butter. I make this butter up in large batches so that I don’t have to remember to soak cashews all the time. It’s amazing blended with some hot coffee and a dribble of maple syrup too.

I’m not sure if I got lucky with this squash or what because the strands were PREMIUM. Sometimes spaghetti squash cooks up super moist to the point of not being… spaghetti-like. I find that roasting the halves facing up does help with the strand-making. It forces the squash to dry out a bit more. If I’m being honest, I typically eat spaghetti squash simply: roasted with salt, pepper, and a couple shakes of white wine vinegar. This one, smothered with chickpeas, shallots, and that peppery/creamy sauce, is definitely a fancier outing. I imagine it’s a more appropriate main course option for people too!

I have a great spaghetti squash recipe with lime peanut sauce right here for you too.

An overhead shot of baked spaghetti squash halves on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
An overhead shot of a jar of bright green garlicky arugula cream sauce in a mason jar. A spoon is lifting out a spoonful of sauce. It is photographed on a worn wood background.
An overhead shot of stuffed spaghetti squash with a bright green arugula cream, leaves of arugula, and chickpeas. The squash is served on a black plate on top of a grey linen tablecloth.
A side angle of a stuffed spaghetti squash with arugula cream and chickpeas. A fork is sticking out. The squash is on a black plate on top of a grey linen tablecloth.

Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas & Garlicky Arugula Cream

Stuffed spaghetti squash with chickpeas and garlicky arugula cream is a low fuss, super satiating and flavourful vegan meal.
5 from 4 votes
An overhead shot of a baked spaghetti squash half with the strands pulled loose. The squash is stuffed with chickpeas, baby arugula leaves and a creamy, pale green sauce. The squash is shown on a matte black plate.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (mine weighed 1.25 kg)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • sea salt & ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • cup raw cashew butter
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • ½ teaspoon gluten-free tamari OR coconut aminos
  • 1 cup packed arugula, plus extra for serving
  • 1 medium shallot, small dice (about 1/2 cup diced shallot)
  • 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Equipment

Notes

  • This recipe makes extra sauce (almost all of my recipes do because extra sauce is obviously great to have on hand), so if you decided to double the squash, chickpeas, shallots etc., there would definitely be enough sauce for 4 servings.
  • If you want to try a nut-free version, I’d replace the cashew butter in the sauce with tahini and add a bit of maple syrup or other sweetener to the sauce. The toasted pine nuts on top could be replaced with any toasted seed that you like

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Place the halves face-up on a baking sheet and drizzle with 1 1/2 teaspoons of the olive oil. Season the squash with salt and pepper and slide the sheet into the oven. Roast the squash until tender strands start to pull away, about 40 minutes. Remove the seeds from the squash and set aside.
  • While the squash is roasting, toast the pine nuts in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Once pine nuts are golden brown, remove them and set aside.
  • Make the arugula cream: In an upright blender combine the cashew butter, water, garlic, lemon zest, 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice, tamari, arugula, salt, and pepper. Blend this mixture on high for about 45 seconds, or until totally smooth and fluid. Check the cream for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Transfer the cream to a sealable container and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Return the medium sauté pan with the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil to the stove over medium heat. Add the shallots to the pan and cook, stirring often, until very soft, about 4 minutes. Add the chickpeas to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Once the chickpeas are warmed through, stir in the remaining tablespoon of lemon juice.
  • To serve, place warm squash halves on plates and gently pull out some strands of “spaghetti” to make a pocket of sorts. Divide chickpea mixture between both squash halves. Drizzle garlicky arugula cream over both servings, and garnish with toasted pine nuts and extra arugula
05/01/2017 (Last Updated 25/10/2022)
Posted in: autumn, cashews, chickpeas, creamy, earthy, gluten free, main course, quick, refined sugar-free, roasted, salty, sauce, side dish, spring, summer, sweet, vegan, winter

29 comments

Recipe Rating




  • Rachel

    5 stars
    Love this recipe, but my partner cannot tolerate shallots (or onions/leeks of any kind). Do you have any suggestions for a substitute?

  • Donna in Inwood

    Tried it as you suggested and roasted the squash face up with the seeds in, then scraped them out after. You’re so smart — it’s much easier that way! ;-)

    The sauce is terrific would be great on lots of things. I am not a big fan of garbanzos, though. Not a reflection on your recipe, just a reflection on my stomach! (I am usually a low-carb eater.)
    I tried them here as you suggested, and the shallots and lemon juice did help to cut the starchiness, though it was hard to take too much.

    Don’t hate, but I think this whole thing would work nicely with ground turkey in place of the beans. It could be seasoned with the shallots, or onions, and maybe some chopped celery. Lean turkey (white meat) wouldn’t render much fat so it would still be a fairly light dish.

    I have another spaghetti and squash and some extra sauce, so I think will try it that way and see what happens. ;-)

  • Donna in Inwood

    Coming back to your site after awhile away and noticing the nice grain-free recipes and gluten-free ingredients. Thanks!
    I’m thinking of making this for small lunch group next week. Might bun for people to put their own plates together from a buffet and it looks filling and tasty.
    Question: why do you scrap out the squash seeds after roasting? I’ve always scraped them out prior to roasting, but maybe it’s easier to do it after?
    Thanks. Also, I have recently discovered that toasted marcona almonds are a good sub for pine nuts or peanuts. Just put a little EVO in a pan and toast them lightly then add.
    I can’t tolerate peanuts and never seem to have pine nuts around, so it’s nice trick.
    cheers.

    • Laura

      Hi Donna!
      Thanks so much for your comment. I find that the seeds release much easier after roasting. Thank you for your pine nut substitution note as well!
      -L

  • Instant Pot

    Just made this for the first time for the family. It was so good and fresh. Everyone in the family loved it which isn’t always the case with a family of 5. Pretty easy to make . Will definitely keep this dish on the permanent weekly menu.

  • Ryann

    This recipe is absolutely amazing and definitely a new favorite! It’s was super easy to make – I had everything done plus the dishes washed in the 45 minutes it took to cook the squash. And it also tasted great. It’s a perfect blend of sweet and bitter and all of the ingredients go perfectly together. It’s easily one of our new favorite recipes!

  • Sarah

    This recipe is beyond good, I love it so much. I always forget how easy it is to make too, until I make it again. I get excited when spaghetti squash comes back around just because of this recipe :)

  • Claire

    This recipe is always one of my favorites once winter rolls around! I use almond butter because that’s what I keep on hand but otherwise replicate faithfully and am always so pleased with how it turns out! I make the sauce for other recipes, too – so good.

  • autumn

    mmm mmm good! I made this last night and it was fantastic! Loved all the flavors and that arugula sauce was ridic! Can’t wait for my leftovers tonight :)

  • La petite poire

    Wow!!! What a divine recipe. Beautiful photography and I can’t wait to try this out. Thank you for sharing ❤️

  • Kimbydee

    Made this tonight and it was delicious! My sister and I ate the whole thing and the spaghetti squash was enormous. Yum!

  • Laren

    Just made this sauce. WOW IT IS AMAZING. Really impressive dish here, Laura. Thank you.

  • Mark

    Looks brilliant. Love your photography too :)

  • Jessie Snyder

    I picked up a sketti squash yesterday and am so making this over the weekend girl. You. Slay. Hope you are having a refreshing start to the new year and easing back into the screens slowly <3 these breaks are always so nice. xx

  • Grace

    I love your photos! They’re gorgeous! And of course, the food looks amayyzing :)

  • Veronica @ Rockridge Kitchen

    This looks incredible. I just made spaghetti squash with a garlic sauce earlier this week. I need to do it again next week with this arugula sauce! Great idea.

  • Maya | Spice + Sprout

    There is just this beautiful glow of light in every photo! Stunning. This recipe looks A++. I actually just ate a stuffed squash with miso gravy situation for dinner, but that didn’t stop me drooling at your recipe :)

  • maya kuijper

    I love the simplicity of this, looks so good! and the photos are amazing as usual. xo

  • Tori//Gringalicious.com

    Oh, how wonderful! I love spaghetti squash and the way you’ve dressed it up is perfect! Also, those photos are stunning!

  • Julia @ HappyFoods Tube

    Your photos are beautiful! If I ever find spaghetti squash around here I will try this dish. Is there a big difference in taste between butternut squash and spaghetti squash?

    • Laura

      The difference is mostly in the texture, but butternut is also noticeably sweeter and probably way harder to eat if it’s stuffed. If I used a butternut for this recipe, I’d probably peel it, slice it, and roast it with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then, I’d combine those tasty roasted pieces with extra arugula, the chickpeas, pine nuts, and sauce–kind of like a warm, filling, composed salad sorta thing.
      -L

  • Joan

    Sounds awesome! I make a stuffed spaghetti squash ala primavera with sautéed onion, bell pepper, portabella, roma, and a touch of pesto on top. It’s the bomb. I’ll have to give this one a shot!

    • Laura

      Ooooh that sounds delicious, Joan!
      -L

  • Christine

    Arugula cream! that sounds like the perfect way to fancy up spaghetti squash and this whole dish sounds so good! Our holiday was also spent pretty quietly and with lots of games – a new version of monopoly, jenga, and blockus! – and it was so fun to disconnect and live super simple :)

  • Sarah | Well and Full

    Came here to say the lighting in these photos is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Seriously, how can you get a perfectly lit photo yet still have those moody vibes?! Teach me your ways :O Happy New Year, Laura! <3

    • Laura

      It’s aaaaaaallll Lightroom and a slightly dirty window, babe. Hehehe ;)
      xo L

  • Abby @ Heart of a Baker

    Ohh that sauce is callllling to me! I always welcome the reprive over the holiday break, but it feels so hard to get back into it come January. I’ll just be over here, eating this luscious dinner in the meantime :)

  • Karlie

    This looks incredible, so warm and comforting + healthy to boot. I love anything with cashew butter. Glad you were able to take some time off! I can’t wait for your cookbook!