Veggie Lovers Spaghetti Squash Pizza Boats

Whip up these Veggie Lovers Spaghetti Squash Pizza Boats for a low-carb + gluten-free pizza night of epic proportions!

Whip up these Veggie Lover's Spaghetti Squash Pizza Boats for a low-carb + gluten-free pizza night of epic proportions!

Though my college and nutrition counselor days are far behind me, I still have a dietitian’s mindset when it comes to labeling things I eat.

Classifying foods as “good” or “bad” doesn’t hold much water with me.

If we’re talking about artificially concocted franken-foods, however, then that’s an entirely different story. That trash doesn’t get to parade around like it’s hot sh*t, no way.  But that’s another story for another day!

When it comes to my recipes, I don’t like to pidgen hole them with such polarity. I feel like since they’re all from scratch and made with love/whole foods/real food/etc… that factor alone makes them healthy. Makes sense, right? Let’s cut ourselves some slack here.

These pizza boats for example, are anything but trashy!

While I’m all for traditional pizza when the craving strikes, I’m always in need of pizza-esque veggies that I can eat on a more regular basis. I’ll have PIZZA pizza sometimes and pizza veggies #ALLTHETIME

You’ll frequently find me pizza-fying everything from bell peppers to zucchini. They’re gluten-free, super tasty, and help me get my daily fill of veggies. Win win winny win.

These Veggie Lovers Spaghetti Squash Pizza boats are a welcome new addition to my weekly pizza fix rotation and are GREAT for those who may have dietary restrictions of the low-carb, gluten-free,or kept variety. You can use regular, turkey, or vegan pepperoni or simply add some extra sautéed veggies instead! Hellooooo delicious!

Whip up these Veggie Lover's Spaghetti Squash Pizza Boats for a low-carb + gluten-free pizza night of epic proportions!

Whip up these Veggie Lover's Spaghetti Squash Pizza Boats for a low-carb + gluten-free pizza night of epic proportions!

Veggie Lovers Spaghetti Squash Pizza Boats

These easy cheesy pizza boats are easy to customize with all your favorite pizza toppings! Mix some into the squash and save some for sprinkling on top for a pizza topping extravaganza of epic proportions!

Aka it’s delicious and you should totally make one now!

Veggie Lovers Spaghetti Squash Pizza Boats

Cook

Total

Yield 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 cups veggies (see below)
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and miced
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (6-8 inches long)
  • crushed red pepper flakes for topping
  • season veggies with 1/4-1/2 tsp Italian seasoning blend
  • 1/8 tsp salt, extra to taste if desired
  • 10 slices of pepperoni
  • crushed red pepper flakes for topping, if desired
  • optional fresh basil for topping, if desired

VEGGIE OPTIONS:

I used equal parts chopped bell pepper and chopped mushrooms - delicious!

  • bell peppers
  • onion
  • mushrooms
  • spinach
  • broccoli
  • tomato
  • olives

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Slice your spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.
  3. If you're having trouble cutting the squash, feel free to stick each squash in the microwave to soften it up just a tad. Pierce it a few times with a knife (to help vent so it doesn't burst) and cook for for 3-5 minutes. The knife slides through way easier this way! Smaller squash will need about 3 minutes while larger ones will be good after at 4 min or so.
  4. Next grab a lipped baking sheet or a baking dish. Rub the cut side of the squash with a teeny bit of olive oil and place on your baking dish/sheet and roast face-down for about 35 minutes, or until tender and easily pierced with a fork. Cooking time will vary a bit depending on the size of your squash, and larger squash will need to roast a bit longer to tenderize. Once ready, the once rock-hard exterior of the squash will be visibly softened with a tender interior.
  5. While the squash roasts, chop all your veggies and portion out your toppings + sauce.
  6. You can use raw veggies in your squash if you prefer the crunch, but I like to lightly sauté mine. Heat a pan/skillet to medium-high heat and sauté your veggies in a drizzle of olive oil, adding the garlic towards the end to prevent burning. Once softened, pat dry with a paper towel and season with Italian seasoning blend, salt, and pepper.
  7. Once squash is done roasting, allow to cool until easily handled or pop on an oven mit and use a fork to separate and fluff the strands of spaghetti squash.
  8. Stir in 2 TBSP of sauce and 2 TBSP parmesan cheese to each squash boat along with several spoonfuls of veggies. When it comes to extra sauce, veggies, cheese... have at it yo! I tend to overstuff mine.
  9. Top with remaining veggies/toppings, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and finish off with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for a kick.
  10. Switch oven to BROIL on HIGH, place squash back on your baking sheet/pan and broil until hot and bubbly, about 4 minutes. Keep an eye on it so you can yank at your perfect degree of golden cheesiness.
  11. Commence faceplant!

Notes

I chose to chop my pepperoni into fourths because I love having a little bit of pepperoni in every bite. Feel free to follow suit!

Need to make this 100% VEGAN or VEGETARIAN? It's super easy!

Simply skip the pepperoni (or opt for a yummy vegan variety - there are a few good ones out there to choose from made with tempeh/tofu) and, if needed, replace the cheese with your favorite dairy-free shreds.

No pizza sauce? No problem! I made my own pizza sauce using my favorite jarred spaghetti sauce and some tomato paste to thicken it (if sauce is watery your stuffed squash will be as well) - regular spaghetti sauce will work in a pinch but may be very watery. If you're using that instead you can warm it up and add it to the squash as needed after stuffing it with cheese/veggies/toppings.

Whip up these Veggie Lover's Spaghetti Squash Pizza Boats for a low-carb + gluten-free pizza night of epic proportions!

Whip up these Veggie Lover's Spaghetti Squash Pizza Boats for a low-carb + gluten-free pizza night of epic proportions!

If you get a chance to try these easy cheesy Spaghetti Squash Pizza Boats, let me know!

You can leave a comment here or tag me with @PEASandCRAYONS #peasandcrayons so I can happy dance over your creation! Can’t wait!

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Comments

Char

Hi Jenn, This looks good!

Since you love pizza-fying veggies so much, I thought I’d share one of our personal faves… we call it portabella pizza. Take a large portabella cap and add sauce, cheese, and other veggies (red bell pepper is a must for us) into the cap. Bake until portabella is tender and cheese is bubbly. I tend to go a little lower on the oven temp (350 to 375) to give the mushroom cap enough time to get tender and dehydrate a little without browning the cheese too much. It’s like a little personal pizza that is low carb and delish!

I haven’t tried this, but I think using smaller mushroom caps would make a nice appetizer! Feel free to make this concept your own and create a future Peas & Crayons recipe if you like. As always, I enjoy your interesting and healthy creations!

    Jenn

    Loooooooove me some portobello pizzas! I used to have a recipe on here but the photos were so atrocious I removed the post and wanted to wait until I had a chance to take a proper photo with natural lighting. I haven’t tried them with red pepper but I bet it’s delicious with a boatload of veggies all in on the mix! Have you tried it with spinach yet? SOOOOO GOOD! Love your idea for little mini mushroom cap pizzas, how awesome would those be for game day or a party? Love it so!

    Your comments totally made me smile today – thanks for sticking around to chat and making my day! 🙂

      Char

      I love spinach and mushroom pizza but oddly enough haven’t tried it with the portabellas! Great idea! Will definitely try it next time – somehow they go together. I think a little feta cheese would go well with that combo.

      Next time the portabellas look good in the grocery store, I’m definitely going to give that a try.

        Jenn

        Mmmmmm yes feta would be a dream with the pairing! Good call! A drizzle of pesto would rock as well! Ok now I’m hungry 🙂

cakespy

OMG these look so COZY and delicious. I must try this one. LOVE your gooey-yummy photos!

    Jenn

    Thank you Jessie! LOVE your blog by the way! ages ago when I lived in NC my neighbor told me about your blog and how much she adores it and I just love your work 🙂 xoxo

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