Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash


Serving Size:
1-1/2 cups

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Vegetarian
  • Higher Potassium
  • Lower Protein
  • Gluten-free


  • 1 small spaghetti squash
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 1 portobella mushroom cap
  • 5 large cloves garlic
  • 5 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup cannellini beans
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves for garnish


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half, length-wise. Remove seeds with a spoon.
  3. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil on both halves of the squash, and place flesh side down in a 9x13” baking pan. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes, until tender.
  4. When spaghetti squash is cooled, shred flesh with a fork, and set aside.
  5. Add remaining olive oil to a pan over medium-high heat.
  6. Dice onion and add to the pan. Sauté 3 minutes.
  7. While onion is cooking, slice red bell pepper and mushroom. Mince the garlic, half the tomato and rinse and drain cannellini beans.
  8. Add all vegetables (except tomatoes) and herbs to the pan with the onion. Stir together and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  9. Add the broth, spaghetti squash flesh, beans, and tomatoes to the same pan. Cook for 10 more minutes.
  10. When cooking is complete, add the feta and basil, and serve.

Helpful hints

  • An ice cream scooper works great for scooping out the spaghetti squash seeds.
  • A small spaghetti squash will yield about 4 cups of shredded squash.
  • A portobella mushroom cap is about 3 ounces, which yields about 1 cup.
  • A small onion will yield 1/2 cup coarsely chopped, 1/4 cup finely chopped.
  • This is a higher potassium dish, but can be considered a full meal. This meal can be incorporated into a kidney friendly meal plan, considering other meals throughout the day to balance potassium intake.

Nutrients per serving

Calories 260

Protein 7 g

Carbohydrates 25 g

Fat 16 g

Cholesterol 8 mg

Sodium 179 mg

Potassium 621 mg

Phosphorus 158 mg

Calcium 138 mg

Fiber 7.0 g

Added Sugar 0 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 1/2 protein
  • 1/2 starch
  • 2 vegetables, high potassium
  • 2-1/2 fat

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