Spaghetti Squash Crusted Quiche

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I’ve made a meat crust quiche before, but this time, I went the opposite route. Veggie route. And light carb route. I’m not one to watch my carbs that much, I just eat. But I hear spaghetti squash is low carb. So you’re welcome, carb-watchers. If I’m wrong, my b.

So I’ve been trying to keep busy through the weekend. But keeping busy turned into many, many episodes of Sex in the City. Do you ever feel like shows and songs you hear on the radio relate completely to what you’re going through? No? I’m just that self absorbed that I feel like the world is orbiting me? Cool. Anywho, I swear every episode included Carrie going through a break up. Mostly because that’s all that show is about. But that’s besides the point. She even talked about rules to breaking up. It included not going shopping. I broke that rule. But what better thing to make you feel better in life than a new pair of boots? Nothing. I bought these boots online. I’m literally going to squeal when they arrive at my doorstep.

Another way you think will keep your mind from going insane is going for a nice little bike ride. Bullsh*t. You have even more time to think when you’re moseying around on a bike, doing circles around the park, barely being able to hear others around you because of the wind creating white noise in your ears. Whoever said running or biking clears your head obviously was not going through a break up at the time. What does work is CrossFit. You’re in such pain, the mind blurs pretty well at that point in order to not completely break. No wonder I started competing in CrossFit more when I went through my last break up. I spent hours upon hours in the gym in order to keep my mind blank. Oh love, you sonofab*tch.

Back to the point. Laura and I took this nice little bike ride around the park and throughout our neighborhood. I needed to get out of the house, she needed to learn to use her new fancy road bike that she will be using in a month in her triathlon. So, just in case she fell over in public trying to clip in and out, at least she had me there to laugh at her. But while we biked around, geese decided it would be a good idea to cross the street. While the goose sped up his little goose feet so I wouldn’t hit him, a car drove by at the same time. Bad timing for sure on his end. So the car caught his wing, feathers flew everywhere, I had to lift my feet up straight in the air in order not to give him a concussion, and I couldn’t look back. What if he died? That would be awful. But Laura looked back and he was just fine. Do you think he learned his lesson or forgot about it in 34.3 seconds because his brain is rather small? I don’t know, man. I just know I did not witness a hit and run that day. Thank gosh.

In the end, I have had a good break up. I think you see people’s true colors when relationships end. And I saw his. And his colors were bright and wonderful. Just like I always saw him. Love is truly an amazing thing and I feel damn lucky to have experienced it with such a kind and wonderful person. Love shapes and molds us, and I can honestly say I have been molded into a better person because of that man.

Thanks for letting me get deep on you. You’re a good listener, random person.

Spaghetti Squash Crusted Quiche

4.8 rating
37 reviews
PREP 30 mins
COOK 30 mins
TOTAL 1 hr
Yields 4-6

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (2 pounds), cut in half lengthwise
  • 3/4 pound pork breakfast sausage
  • 6 eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • handful of sliced mushrooms (I used shiitake mushrooms)
  • coconut oil, to grease pie plate

DIRECTIONS :

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place spaghetti squash cut side down on a baking sheet. Bake squash for 20-25 minutes or until you can press on the outside of the squash and it gives a bit.
  3. Once spaghetti squash is done cooking, remove from oven, scoop out the seeds and excess strings and let cool while you finish the rest of the quiche. Once spaghetti squash is cooled, use a fork to remove the threads.
  4. Turn oven down to 350 degrees.
  5. Place breakfast sausage in a medium pan over medium heat. Break up and cook until there is no pink left. Remove from heat and drain any excess fat, if needed.
  6. Whisk together eggs, parsley, basil, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  7. Pull out a pie plate and grease thoroughly with coconut oil. Add all the spaghetti squash threads to the pie plate and press down into the plate and up onto the sides. Try to make it even throughout.
  8. Pour the eggs into the plate, then add the crumbled sausage, on top with sliced mushrooms. Sprinkle with a bit more salt on top.
  9. Place in oven to bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees or until eggs are cooked through in the middle.
  10. Let rest before cutting into it.
  11. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is served!

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INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (2 pounds), cut in half lengthwise
  • 3/4 pound pork breakfast sausage
  • 6 eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • handful of sliced mushrooms (I used shiitake mushrooms)
  • coconut oil, to grease pie plate

DIRECTIONS :

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place spaghetti squash cut side down on a baking sheet. Bake squash for 20-25 minutes or until you can press on the outside of the squash and it gives a bit.
  3. Once spaghetti squash is done cooking, remove from oven, scoop out the seeds and excess strings and let cool while you finish the rest of the quiche. Once spaghetti squash is cooled, use a fork to remove the threads.
  4. Turn oven down to 350 degrees.
  5. Place breakfast sausage in a medium pan over medium heat. Break up and cook until there is no pink left. Remove from heat and drain any excess fat, if needed.
  6. Whisk together eggs, parsley, basil, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  7. Pull out a pie plate and grease thoroughly with coconut oil. Add all the spaghetti squash threads to the pie plate and press down into the plate and up onto the sides. Try to make it even throughout.
  8. Pour the eggs into the plate, then add the crumbled sausage, on top with sliced mushrooms. Sprinkle with a bit more salt on top.
  9. Place in oven to bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees or until eggs are cooked through in the middle.
  10. Let rest before cutting into it.
  11. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is served!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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110 thoughts on “Spaghetti Squash Crusted Quiche”

  1. I am really new to paleo and the last few months I have came directly to your site just to hear you rant! I love your site and your recipes. I am so sorry about your break up, but as you said he made you better (can not go wrong with a great atitude like that!!!)

    I am going to run to the store now and pick up a squash now 🙂 Thank you!

  2. Good morning J! I missed your posts soooooooo much that I was starting to feel lonely myself. I’m sorry to hear about the break up (I’m going through one too!!) but now it makes sense as to where you disappeared.

    Thank you for coming back to us and posting more delicious recipes! I have tried several of your recipes and can’t think of one that I haven’t liked. Plus I’ve turned a few others onto PaleOMG as well!

    So again, thank you thank you thank you and keep your head up!

  3. At first I read, “Thanks for letting me get deep on you.” as “Thanks for letting me get deep in you.” I was worried. We’re not there yet, Juli. 😉

  4. Sorry to hear about your break up. On to bigger and better things, like boots! And breakfast! And barbells!

    *creepy internet hugs*

  5. After a devastating breakup several years ago I watched all six seasons back to back over the course of a week. It was EXTREMELY therapeutic! Didn’t get a lot of work done that week, but it helped me from being a crying mess sitting in my cubicle . . .

  6. If its gonna mold you, let’s hope its the good kind, like good creamy, but stinky, european grass fed goat cheese and not moldy gym clothes mold!
    Praying that gets a laugh or smile! lol!
    You will laugh at this break up one day, I promise! I do all the time and say a little thank you to the powers that be that it didn’t work!

    Thanks for the new additions, last two are definitely being added to the list this week!

  7. Sex & the City is great in general and especially during break ups. It’s hard to silence your mind but in the wise words of Modest Mouse- “as life gets longer, awful feels softer”. Chin up girl!

    1. Our kitchens are twins! I love it when a super great recipe calls for all the ingredients you have sitting all lonely in your pantry. It’s simply MEANT to be made

  8. It’s scary how many times I’ve seen my life reflected in SATC episodes. But somewhat comforting.

    It’s great you’re coming out of this with such a great attitude about your now ex. Break-ups are THE SUCK but it sounds like you’re coping as well as anyone can be expected too! Eat, cry, shop, work out…whatever helps, do it, and in time it’ll feel a little easier. 🙂

  9. Sorry about the breakup! How can you watch Sex in the City and not want to buy shoes! Well done! I am looking forward to a pic of these hot new boots! Also, I’ll be purchasing a spaghetti squash and making this! Looks fantastic, as always. Have missed your presence online, glad you’re back!

  10. Hey Julie,
    Sorry about your breakup, thanks for the spaghetti squash recipe, and thanks for having such a great sense of humor!!!

  11. Sorry to hear about your breakup :-(. Good or bad it sucks. There are no words to make you feel better, but I KNOW the boots and the chocolate did :-). Thanks for your continued posts. I literally laugh out loud while reading and your awesome recipes. I’m going to make this tonight for dinner!

  12. I am sorry dear! You are so positive which is the best, and definitely not always easiest, thing you can do when faced w/ hardship. When one thing ends it’s freeing you up for a beautiful new beginning 🙂 Hang in there and keep your head up!

  13. Ugh, break ups are the worst. They hurt, literally. But they can be good too! Two years ago a break-up led me to go to my first hip hop yoga class and I never looked back! Yoga helps you be positive and all that good stuff. I also recommend you read If The Buddha Dated – awesome book to help you through something like that and just help deal with life in your 20s. It’s the perfect combo of serious/spiritual and quirky/fun 🙂

  14. I swear that now that I’m older and watch old reruns of STC so many of those situations that those women encounter, I have dealt with. And I don’t think that’s a good thing. LOL! Totally making this, I just need to pick up the sausage.

  15. Not gonna lie, that last part got me all choked up and teary eyed while I’m sitting in a nutrition class lecture. Super awkward for those around me haha.

    On a less intense note, I have literally been talking about squash crusted quiches all day!

  16. Could you do this with shredded zucchini as the crust? I’ve got a zillion of them from my garden and looking to use th up.

  17. If loving you is wrong, Juli…this lady doesn’t wanna be right. I adore you. Thank you for your beautiful recipes, and mostly for just being yourself. I am in the midst of some John Legend and this cracka-lakin’ recipe.Blessings and happiness from Iowa. Keep Moving forward. You are loved. <3

  18. One of my favorite quotes ever from Sex in the CITY is : “I am someone who is looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other love.” The man that changed my life for better and molded me I broke up with too…and then 4 years later I married him. Just sayin. Keep your head up!

  19. I was so happy to see a new breakfast recipe, because sometimes an egg just doesn’t satisfy. Had this for breakfast this morning and loved it! So did the hubby. I added some chopped zucchini with the mushrooms and it was awesome. Thanks Julie!

  20. I fixed the quiche for dinner last night and everyone really liked it. I have never seen, cooked or eaten spaghetti squash before. I was a lot of fun and the crust turned out light and sweet. I think it would work for traditional pies too.

  21. Just made it and suuuuper delish!!! I cheated and added a little cheese on top and used garlic powder too. Genius idea for a crust..perfect!

  22. i wish you’d hurry up and release another cookbook. you keep posting all these awesome recipes that i want to make but also dont want to forget about. I NEED THEM IN TEXT BOOK FORM! HARD BACK PLEASE.

  23. I used an 8×8 plate, cooked bacon instead of sausage, large spaghetti squash, and an extra egg. I had to cook everything 15 min more. It was great! Everyone I served was very pleased with the dish. I will make and share this recipe again.

    P.s. I have never cooked spaghetti squash and was extremely shocked on how deliciousness!

  24. What a wonderful post. So sorry you went through a break up but your attitude is commendable! 🙂 Keep being fabulous!

    Also, I cooked up a huge spaghetti squash this week with plenty left over to use in this recipe over the weekend! Excited to try it!

  25. Omg I watched the entire collection of 30 Rock during my last breakup. It was so great because all the relationships on that show are so ridiculous, there’s no way you can identify with them and start sobbing. Also, I’m convinced the reason your mind goes clear in CrossFit is because all your mental capacity is working towards not dying. It’s the same in gymnastics…if you think about other shit on a beam, you WILL DIE. And your body knows this. So it doesn’t.

  26. So sorry to hear about what you’re going through right now. You’ll make it through and become stronger than ever! On a happier note, this recipe also sounds absolutely divine and I can’t wait to give it a try.

  27. This was fantastic! My youngest son picked up on the spaghetti squash crust but my husband didn’t have a clue. We all loved it and it will become a regular. One note, I had baked a whole squash ealier in the week and had only half a squash left…I was worried I might not have enough but it turned out great.

  28. This was so yummy and satisfying!

    My tweaks: I added 1 cup sauteed chopped onion to the spaghetti squash, as well as 1/4 tsp black pepper + 1/4 tsp cayenne. I blind-baked the squash/onion crust in an 8″ sq glass pan for 7 min before adding 1.5 C Egg Beaters (gasp!), Al Fresco chicken sausage (not a pork lover) and some sauteed baby kale. Will try chopped broccoli next time.

    Thank you for another winner, Juli!

  29. Made this this weekend and worked so well! I made mine with organic chicken sausage, jalapenos and kale and am enjoying it all week!

  30. File halving spaghetti squash under the paleo struggle. At least for me. Lol.

    Love the idea of the spaghetti squash crust. Making a Mexican inspired quiche with it!

    1. Ha! I hear you, Katie! Just tried kabocha squash last night for the first time and found it even harder to cut than spaghetti squash! So worth it (on both counts), though.

    2. Spaghetti squash is super easy. Just poke it with a fork a few times and stick the whole thing in the oven at 375 for about an hour. You’ll know it’s done because the knife slides right through it.

  31. This was SO good and easy. My husband even texted me after he had it for breakfast at work to say that he liked it. I had to cook it a bit longer. My spaghetti squash crust was kind of watery (I think because I had cooked it the night before and then it sat in the fridge). I was nervous about leaving it in the oven longer, but it came out great with the extra time. I think it would have worked to pre-cook the crust, too. In any event, back to Juli’s recipe – genius – big reward for little effort.

  32. Juli, this is an absolute HOME RUN! Love, love, love this dish and every time, wish I had doubled the recipe. Used bacon instead of sausage, and it worked perfectly! Thank YOU!

  33. I followed this recipe for a quiche I made last night. I added a few asparagus spears and used bacon instead of sausage- it is DELICIOUS! Seriously one of the favorite paleo recipes I’ve ever tried! Thanks for sharing!

  34. This is a great breakfast dish, and the squash in place of breadcrumbs makes me feel so healthy I eat the whole thing :/ A great candidate for dressing up with slews of other veggies, spices, sauces and what not. Great recipe Juli.

  35. I’m making this for the second time. My husband liked it so much I decided it would be a regular staple in our breakfasts. This time I am making 2 quiches. One with artichoke hearts, olives, basil, kale, sun dried tomatoes, ground beef, and garlic. The second one I’m using ground beef, taco seasonings, olives, green chilis, red bell peppers, and jalapeños.

    In other news, I continue to search for easy and delicious paleo recipes and I constantly find google/pinterest/facebook links all returning me to your site. Well done, you’ve got me hooked!

    1. I have had spaghetti squash quiche for almost every breakfast for about 2 months. This might be the best recipe I’ve ever found. I never get sick of it, I add/change fillings often. THE BEST!

  36. I want to start off by saying that I really enjoy your blog; i’ve cooked a few recipes and have enjoyed each one. Your rants are hilarious and are a great addition to the recipes.

    This recipe in particular brought up a question in my mind: isn’t Paleo an already low-carb diet? Why make it lower carb than it needs to be.

    I’m taking a nutrition class through a community college and have come to the conclusion that carbs= good! not bad. Our body is totally dependent on carbohydrates for proper and adequate body function. Carbohydrates are converted to glucose for our energy needs. Yes, protein can also be converted to glucose for energy and yes, fat supplies more concentrated amounts of energy.
    But out body won’t have to work as hard if we supply it with enough carbohydrates.

    I just wanted to let you know in the hopes that you AND others won’t stress about the whole “low-carb” thing. It’s adds unnecessary stress to our lives. Eat Clean and Live Well.

  37. Britani Sidwell

    I made this for dinner the other night. I added some spinach and fresh jalepenos to the egg mixture…and it was the bomb dot com.

    Thanks dude!

  38. Finally got around to making this. Holy WOW was I surprised! Only thing I did was add Kale instead of Mushrooms. Heavenly JB! Thanks for sharing!

  39. Usually when I cook spaghetti squash I cut in half, remove the seeds, and bake. Is there a reason you remove the seeds after you bake it?

  40. I’m not sure what I did wrong. My spaghetti squash came out wet and soggy. The flavors are all there, but maybe I should have cooked it longer or pre-baked the crust.

  41. So… trying to figure out something creative for dinner and thought of playing with this. Not gonna do it as a quiche, but gonna cut the eggs down (enough to hold together the spag squash only) and turn it into sort of a lasagna pie kinda thingy with hot Italian sausage and diced tomatoes on top. Thanks for the inspiration!

  42. SO delicious! This is a new favorite of mine! I added some coconut milk to the eggs to make it kinda milky yummyness. Thank you!

  43. I made this for my mom’s group using some of the modifications suggested by Sue. I was worried making a new dish for other people, but I wanted to bring a healthy egg dish and this looked so good. Because I was late to the meeting (as per usual) I thought I might end up having a lot left over. My fear was completely unfounded. They gobbled it up and then sought out “the maker of the delicious paleo quiche” for the recipe. Since I couldn’t take credit for the awesome quiche, I directed them all to your blog but thanks for making me look good with all the others mamas for a second anyway.

  44. A light carb quiche? Sounds super delicious! Using coconut oil was a great choice since you’re aiming for a healthier option. Next time try to include a tasty helping of cheese for an extra punch of flavor.

  45. I made this twice last week and everyone, including the picky 12-year-old, loved it. I like that it works as a starting-off point too. The second time I didn’t have 6 eggs, just 4, and I was out of sausage so I used bacon. Since I was using bacon I added a layer of sautéed onions and mushrooms right above the squash, then threw in the eggs and bacon. It was great too! The hubby wants to try a cheesy quiche (not paleo, I know) with the spaghetti squash crust. In a way, this recipe is a tiny bit life altering.

  46. I was going to make this yesterday, as I had a spaghetti squash and some ground beef. Then I remembered I had 3 cooked chicken breasts in the fridge that needed to be eaten up. I sautéed some diced onions and orange peppers, then added the diced chicken breast and used that as the topping. It was wonderful! We love spaghetti squash and I love finding new ways to use it. Thank you!

  47. Waiting for this baby to finish in the oven. I subbed a red bell pepper and some thinly sliced baby zucchini in place of mushrooms. I hate mushrooms.
    Thank you for sharing all these recipes and your insights. Great website!

    -djg

  48. I am fairly new to paleo. I have always liked to cook and been pretty good at it. Now having to relearn everything…It is wonderful to have you and the other bloggers available with such wonderful recipes. This one will be a great replacement for me, when we get together on NYday for our family Christmas. We always have brunch food on that day.

    I am wondering though if there is a way to pin your recipes to pinterest? I use that as my way of organizing. I do not have a tablet, or another way that I can think of to put them and organize them. Help.

    Thanks,
    Lori

  49. I am fairly new to paleo. I have always liked to cook and been pretty good at it. Now having to relearn everything…It is wonderful to have you and the other bloggers available with such wonderful recipes. This one will be a great replacement for me, when we get together on NYday for our family Christmas. We always have brunch food on that day.

    I am wondering though if there is a way to pin your recipes to pinterest? I use that as my way of organizing. I do not have a tablet, or another way that I can think of to put them and organize them. Help.

    Thanks,
    Lori

  50. I made this yesterday for family that was in from out of town and my parents. It was crowd pleasing to say the least. So frigging good!! My parents actually called me at work today to tell me they were still talking about the breakfast I made!

    Thank you for the idea!!

  51. If using bacon do I still cook it first or let it cook in the oven on the quiche? Silly question I know, I’m just wondering about the grease.

  52. I just made this the other night with a few changes. I used olive oil to coat the pan, I added a layer of spinach and onion prior to pouring the eggs on top, I used hot breakfast sausage to add some zing and I used baby bella mushrooms as the topper. It is delicious! If I wasn’t trying to watch my portions, I could have eaten this in one sitting! This is the 2nd recipe of yours I’ve tried and I can’t wait to try others.

  53. So I’ve made both this and the meat crust quiche before for breakfast–both incredibly delicious–but decided to combine both recipes for dinner tonight. Husband said it was freaking amazing! Used leftover roasted honey-cinnamon sweet potatoes on top in the egg/spinach/onion mix and added diced bacon to the bottom breakfast sausage layer (spaghetti squash in the middle and omitted the mushrooms). Looking forward to leftovers tomorrow!

  54. Would it be weird to do this recipe without the meat? I’m trying to do a meat-free week but I’m dying to make this

  55. I have to say this is one of my family’s favorite dinners it is so delicious, inlcuding my kids who are two and four. This is a regular on our menu. I’ve enjoyed perusing your blog and look forward to trying more of your creations. I am glad somone has the time to create since I don’t.

  56. making this today in the weekly cook-up, but a little bit tex-mex! spaghetti squash crust; ground pork with cumin, oregano, chili powder; a little homemade salsa verde; sliced olives, cherry tomatoes, and sautéed peppers/scallions. thanks for being the inspiration for my tex-mex version! i probably never would have seen spaghetti squash as “crust”!!

  57. This the recipe that started it all with Paleo lifestyle! Yummy! You can eat healthy and it can be good! Thank you for your awesome blog! Keep them coming. Question: have you tried the bulletproof coffee?

  58. Hey Juli! I’m thinking about making this for Mother’s Day brunch and was hoping to get some work done before-hand. Would this hold up being made the night before? Or would the squash turn watery over night?

  59. Hello! This looks wonderful! I was just wondering how long it would be good for / be good reheated?

  60. Thank you for having a PRINT button that actually formats the recipe for a (typically) one page print. It is very appreciated! I can’t wait to make this!

    1. some spaghetti squash just hold more liquid OR you may have cooked it too long. try not cooking it as long next time around. that’s always frustrating when it gets watery like that

  61. Mine (just baked it) was watery too however I had this gut feeling it was going to be because I cooked the squash yesterday. I knew I should have squeezed out the moisture before adding to pan but I was to lazy. Still yummy enough to eat though.

  62. This turned out fantastic! I’d been experimenting with potato or sweet potato hash crusts before but this totally tops those! I had cooked my spaghetti squash two days in advance and was worried about the watery result others mentioned in the comments, so I did some squeezing with papertowels and also pre-baked the crust for 5-10 minutes. It was still moist when I took it out and added the egg, but perhaps that helped b/c while my crust is still moist I don’t feel like it’s too soggy. I also added a layer of spinach between the egg and sausage/mushrooms. Delish!

  63. Well i’m about ready to end my sobriety and resume a life lived alongside eggs. This looks like the perfect way to bring eggs back in with a bit of style!

    Looking forward to trying it!

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