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Spaghetti Squash Scampi Boats

Butter, lemon, garlic and shrimp -- this can't-go-wrong combo even works on roasted spaghetti squash. Tossed together in a large bowl, the "noodles" are tucked back into the hollowed-out squash skins and showered with Parmesan, parsley and red pepper flakes just before serving.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 medium spaghetti squash (about 2 1/2 pounds)

2 teaspoons olive oil 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper  

1 pound large shrimp (16/20), peeled, deveined and tails removed  

1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter  

1 tablespoon grated garlic (about 4 cloves)  

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, plus more for serving 

1/3 cup dry white wine  

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice  

1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus more for serving 

Freshly grated Parmesan, for serving 


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise with a serrated knife and remove the seeds with a spoon. Brush the flesh of each half with 1 teaspoon of the oil and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Put the halves flesh-side down on a baking sheet and cook until the flesh can easily be flaked with a fork and the edges just turn brown, about 45 minutes.  
  3. Separate the strands of squash by scraping the flesh with a fork. Transfer the scraped strands to a large bowl. Cover with foil and keep warm. Reserve scraped squash bowls. 
  4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in the skillet. Add the shrimp and cook until golden pink, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the shrimp to the bowl with the squash strands.  
  5. Return the skillet to medium heat. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the wine and lemon juice. Increase the heat to high and boil until the liquid thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the remaining 3 tablespoons butter and the parsley.  
  6. Pour the sauce over the shrimp and squash strands and toss to combine. Transfer the mixture back into the squash bowls and top with grated Parmesan, more parsley and red pepper flakes.