Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

This low carb spaghetti squash au gratin is an amazing side dish with an extra special crunchy topping!

Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin - a low carb side dish with crunchy pork rind topping

I’m a huge fan of spaghetti squash. But this simple topping makes it an extra special dish. What’s the secret ingredient? Why pork rinds, of course! They are perfect for coating and topping – they have so much flavor and remain crunchy. This has to be tried!

Roast the spaghetti squash. Ever since I read Eat Within Your Means’ article on how to cook spaghetti squash, I’ve been slicing it horizontally into rings, removing the seeds, then roasting it. It cooks MUCH quicker and you get super long strands of squash.Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Scoop out the squash and place in a large bowl. Mix in some cream cheese, chopped sun dried tomatoes and generous amounts of salt and pepper.

Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

In a bag, place the pork rinds and bash or massage into crumbs. A *very* satisfying task! Add in some grated parmesan and shake to mix. Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Spoon the spaghetti squash mixture into a baking dish, then pour the topping over the top.Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. The crunchy topping is the perfect contrast to the soft and creamy squash.Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

I’ve also used pork rinds as a crust for pork tenderloin AND for bacon!

Low Carb Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

Serves 4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 55 minutes
Meal type Side Dishes


  • Medium spaghetti squash
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sun dried tomatoes (chopped)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup pork rinds
  • 1/4 cup parmesan (grated)


Step 1
Preheat the oven to 400F.
Step 2
Cut the squash into slices, remove the seeds, then roast for 25-30 minutes until tender.
Step 3
Scoop out the flesh and place in a bowl. Add the cream cheese, tomatoes and seasoning, then stir well.
Step 4
Crush the pork rinds to crumbs then mix with the parmesan.
Step 5
Spoon the spaghetti squash mixture into a baking dish then cover with the pork rind mixture.
Step 6
Return to the oven and roast for 20 minutes.


6.5g net carbs per serving.

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