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Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese in the Instant Pot

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Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese

Life’s all about balance, right? Give a little of this, take a little of that. Same principle applies to food. This Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese is a gluten-free adaptation of my mom’s famous mac and cheese, with a small fraction of the carbs! That’s a win!

Just a note: Spaghetti squash has a high water content, so the finished product will not be as dry as traditional baked mac and cheese. We served ours with a slotted spoon, which helped to reduce the moisture in each serving. While the texture is different than traditional mac and cheese, we were pleased with how much of the mac and cheese flavor this Instant Pot spaghetti squash mac and cheese had.

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

 

The Process

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise.

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Scoop out seeds and pulp.

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Place trivet in pot, along with 1 cup of water.

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Place squash on top of trivet. Lock lid and cook for 2 minutes at high pressure.

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Meanwhile… add eggs, seasoned salt, and black pepper to mixing bowl.

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Whisk together.

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Add evaporated milk…

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

and whisk again.

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Add butter to a large mixing bowl.

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure. Remove squash from pot.

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Using a fork, scrape out flesh from each half of squash, making sure not to get any shell.

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Add hot squash on top of butter.

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Mix well until butter is melted and evenly coats squash.

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Add 8 ounces of cheese to bowl…

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Mix well.

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Pour in egg/milk mixture and give a good mix.

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Pour squash mixture into a large pyrex bowl (1.75 quart).

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Do not overfill, leaving a little room at the top.

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Cover bowl with aluminum foil.

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Transfer bowl into pot and place on top of trivet. Lock lid and cook at high pressure for 45 minutes. Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure.

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Remove bowl and uncover. Top with remaining 4 ounces of cheese.

 

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

Place under high broiler for 1-2 minutes, until desired color and/or crispiness is reached.

 

And this is the AMAZING Result…

Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese | The Foodie Eats

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Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 214 kcal
Author The Foodie Eats

Ingredients

  • 4 lb. spaghetti squash
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 5 oz. evaporated milk
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 12 oz. medium cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions

  1. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and pulp. Place trivet in pot, along with 1 cup of water. Place squash on top of trivet. Lock lid and cook for 2 minutes at high pressure.

  2. Meanwhile… add eggs, seasoned salt, and black pepper to mixing bowl - whisk together. Add evaporated milk and whisk again.

  3. Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure. Remove squash from pot.

  4. Add butter to a separate large mixing bowl. Using a fork, scrape out flesh from each half of squash, making sure not to get any shell. Add hot squash on top of butter. Mix well until butter is melted and evenly coats squash. Add 8 ounces of cheese to bowl and mix well. Pour in egg/milk mixture and give a good mix.

  5. Pour squash mixture into a large pyrex bowl (1.75 quart). Do not overfill, leaving a little room at the top. Cover bowl with aluminum foil.

  6. Transfer bowl into pot and place on top of trivet. Lock lid and cook at high pressure for 45 minutes. Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure.

  7. Remove bowl and uncover. Top with remaining 4 ounces of cheese. Place under high broiler for 1-2 minutes, until desired color and/or crispiness is reached.

  8. Allow to cool slightly before serving because it will be hot.

Recipe Notes

Just a heads up... spaghetti squash is FULL of water, so don't expect this recipe to be completely dry inside. There will be some water. It's just the nature of the vegetable.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 214 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 569mg 24%
Potassium 236mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 5g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 12.5%
Vitamin C 4.1%
Calcium 27.6%
Iron 4.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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