Buffalo Blue Cheese Spaghetti Squash

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

This Buffalo Blue Cheese Spaghetti Squash is a fun and healthy twist on chicken wings and blue cheese! Not only does it provide lots of veggies, it's grain-free, gluten-free, low-carb / low-glycemic, keto diet-friendly and Primal. It's a great way to satisfy your craving for chicken wings while sticking to your New Year's resolution to eat healthy!

With the regular season behind us and the playoffs ahead, we are deep in football season. With football season comes chicken wings with blue cheese. I love wings, but I'm not always interested in the mess associated with eating (or cooking) wings or the sluggish feeling I get after eating wings. I do sometimes crave the combination of buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese though, and that craving inspired this dish.

If you have a New Year's Resolution to eat better, follow a special diet for health reasons, or even just enjoy different twists on popular dishes, this post is for you! Since it's a dish made mostly of spaghetti squash (a low-carb vegetable), it is packed full of veggies. It is also gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb, keto diet-friendly and Primal. I usually roast chicken thighs and drench them in wing sauce for more protein, but you can also just eat this as shown, with a drizzle of wing sauce over the spaghetti squash. It's also flavorful without the wing sauce, if buffalo wing sauce isn't your thing. However you have it, this dish is packed full of flavor!
 
 
But first things first. We need to talk about the right way to cook spaghetti squash.
 
The best way to cook spaghetti squash, better than steaming in the microwave, crockpot or oven!

I really like spaghetti squash, so I've tried what I feel like is every possible way to cook it. I've tried the most common method to bake it  at 375 degrees cut side down in a little water before finishing it cut side up. I've cooked it in the crock pot and I've cooked it in the microwave, both of which are heralded as the easiest ways to cook spaghetti squash. Every one of those methods produces spaghetti squash that is so soggy that it comes out looking like an unrecognizable mess. It certainly doesn't look like the spaghetti that this squash was named after! 
 
One day, I was in a Pinterest hole when I found a pin for the right way to cook spaghetti squash: by roasting it at a high temperature, cut side up. The result is spaghetti squash that, well, looks like spaghetti! It isn't the least bit soggy. It has texture and shape, and roasting it imparts great flavor. I will never go back to steaming spaghetti squash again!
 
Forget cooking your spaghetti squash whole in the microwave or crockpot, or steaming it in the oven by cooking it with a little water. Roast it for the best flavor and texture!

This method of cooking spaghetti squash has been so monumental for me that I'd like to give credit where credit is due. A big thank you to Katie over at Chocolate Covered Katie, the brilliant blogger who shared this! Click here for her full article.

Besides spaghetti squash that turns out soggy, the second biggest complaint I've heard about cooking spaghetti squash is that it is difficult to cut. I used to dread cutting spaghetti squash, so I understand! But I have a couple of solutions to offer. The first is to cut the spaghetti squash cross-wise instead of length-wise (cut off the stem to help it balance cut-side up, if needed). When you cut it cross-wise, your knife should extend past the squash on both sides, so you can just wiggle your knife down until it's through. Of course, this requires a big enough knife, which brings me to my second solution: it is imperative that you use a good knife to cut spaghetti squash!
 
A dull, small or unstable knife could literally put you in danger, so make a good knife a priority! My favorite knives are J.A. Henckels, and the reviews support this recommendation. The J.A. Henckels Classic 8" Chef Knife was ranked amongst Good Housekeeping's top 10 best kitchen knives, and epicurious ranked it #1! J.A. Henckels are the knives I bought after scouring the reviews for the best quality knife at a reasonable price. At $55, the J.A. Henckels Classic 8" knife is an investment, but it is far more affordable than most quality knives, and since it's made so well, it will last years!
 
Henckels knives can easily be found on Amazon, both standalone and in sets:
 

Now that we have completed Spaghetti Squash 101, here is a pretty picture of what your dinner table could look like, followed by the recipe. Isn't that spaghetti squash beautiful?!

This dish is packed full of flavors reminiscent of football season, but it's healthier! Not only is it packed full of veggies, this Buffalo Blue Cheese Spaghetti Squash is gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb / low-glycemic, keto diet-friendly and Primal!

Buffalo Blue Cheese Spaghetti Squash

Grain-free | Gluten-free | Primal | Low-Carb | Keto Diet-friendly

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Makes about 4 servings

Ingredients:


-          1 spaghetti squash, about 3 lbs
-          8-10 thick slices of bacon
-          4 oz blue cheese crumbles
-          1 bunch scallions, sliced thinly
-          Buffalo wing sauce of your choice, such as Frank’s Red Hot
-          Chicken thighs (boneless and skinless), optional

Directions:


Preheat oven to 450degrees.
Cut spaghetti squash in half cross-wise. Cut the stem off, if needed for the spaghetti squash to balance. Place the spaghetti squash on a pan, cut side up. Roast for about 40 minutes. Remove and set aside.

While the spaghetti squash is roasting, chop the bacon and cook on medium-low heat until browned. Remove from heat and set aside. The bacon should have produced at least 2 tablespoons of bacon fat. Keep it! 

If boneless, skinless chicken thighs are going to be included, they can be cooked while the spaghetti squash is in the oven. Either roast them in a separate oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or cook them in a skillet (in a little bit of bacon fat).

Use a fork to remove the spaghetti squash from the skin and place in a large bowl. Pour the bacon and bacon fat over the spaghetti squash, followed by the blue cheese. Toss well and add salt to taste, if needed.
Use tongs or forks to serve the spaghetti squash. Sprinkle scallions over the top. If serving with chicken thighs, toss the chicken thighs in wing sauce and serve with spaghetti squash. If not serving with chicken thighs, drizzle wing sauce over the finished spaghetti squash dish and serve.


This dish is a healthy twist on chicken wings and blue cheese and friendly to special diets and New Year's resolutions to eat healthy! It's grain-free, gluten-free, low-carb / low-glycemic, keto diet-friendly and Primal.

I hope you enjoy this dish! Please leave any comments or questions below.

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2 comments

  1. This recipe sounds delicious. Thank you for the tip on how to cook spaghetti squash. I usually end up with the soggy stuff when I cook mine. Great blog!

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