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Pizza Ninja Foodi Spaghetti Squash

Ninja Foodi spaghetti squash pizza pasta is a low carb dinner you can make in your pressure cooker and air fryer. Just like the pasta noodles you love but healthier. THIS is how to cook spaghetti squash fast and it’s a game changer

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We have been creating a lot of Ninja Foodi recipes lately but this one surprised my whole family! If you’ve never had spaghetti squash spaghetti it is amazing. Now you can make Ninja Foodi spaghetti squash pizza pasta that is PACKED with flavor and takes about 15 minutes to cook. (originally published 6/19, affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Spaghetti Squash

There are two ways you can cook this particular produce in this machine. This one will use the pressure cook button which will make the whole thing super tender, steamed essentially. If you wanted to use the air crisp button with the lid attached, follow our air fryer spaghetti squash instructions which is great too.

We have made lots of vegetables in Ninja Foodi lately. From broccoli to something new like air fryer acorn squash everything seems to just come out better than cooking it any other method. You can use both methods like we did here or just one to make things crispy. We use them all.

Here are a few resources to start with:

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Pizza Ninja Foodi Spaghetti Squash

We started this whole obsession by making cheesy Ninja Foodi spaghetti and loved it. Since we love spaghetti squash so much we then shared how to cook spaghetti squash fast in your pressure cooker! Put it all together and you have what you see here!

NOW you can do it all at once, a true one pot meal that will knock your socks off. My kids were surprised they were eating vegetables instead of noodles with all the flavor this had. The texture is unbelievably the same.

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Spaghetti Squash in Ninja Foodi

The first step to this process is making the spaghetti squash noodles. This only takes 8 minutes!! I do have a printable recipe at the bottom of this post but here is a quick rundown of how it is done too.

  • First you cut it in half and remove the seeds from the middle
  • Using the pressure cook function the insides become incredibly soft after cutting it in half and removing the inner seeds.
  • It’s the same process as making pressure cooker pumpkin too.

After removing your squash you’ll want it to cool a tad so you can handle it. I use a dishtowel because it will be quite warm for a decent amount of time. Just use a fork and gently scrape the “noodles” out and into a bowl.

ninja foodi spaghetti squash

Pizza Spaghetti Squash

Then drain the liquid out of that bowl once all the “pasta” is in there. Water left inside will make the sauce more liquidy and you want it as flavorful as possible.

  1. Spaghetti squash
  2. Jar of spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce
  3. Cheese
    1. mix of cheddar and shredded mozzarella cheese
    2. can add parmesan cheese too
  4. Salt and pepper to taste, use red pepper flakes for a spicy heat
  5. Cup of water to create steam

Pepperoni, sliced olives, mushrooms, bell peppers, all the things for the top if you want to add them. You could easily make this into Ninja Foodi spaghetti squash spaghetti and omit the pepperoni but they brought a lot more flavor. Either way makes a great air fryer dinner recipe.

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How do you watch squash in Ninja Foodi

Cut the squash in half lengthwise and remove inner seeds so inside cavity is clean. Pour 1.5 c water into your Foodi and place a trivet at the bottom. Set both halves of your squash inside with cut ends facing up.

  • Put on pressure cooker lid and close steam valve.
  • Set to high pressure for 8 minutes cook time. Then do a quick release.
  • Pour out water from inside cavity of squash halves and remove from pot. Carefully place on cutting board to cool, they will be hot!
  • Allow to cool for 15 – 20 minutes so it’s at least cool enough for you to pick it up with a hand towel in your hand and handle it without burning yourself, it will be hot.
  • Using a fork gently scrape the “noodles” out of each half and into a bowl. Make sure to leave the outsides of the squash in tact so you can use them as “bowls”.
  • Drain water from bowl with “noodles” in it. Add your spaghetti squash and 1/2 c of cheese and gently stir so everything is nicely coated.
  • Pour out water from inner pot and put trivet back in. Place empty half of squash on trivet with empty side facing up.
  • Use fork to fill squash with spaghetti squash mixture in bowl (fork helps to lessen excess liquid)
  • Sprinkle 1/ 4 cheese on top, followed by pepperoni, followed by 1/4 c more cheese.
  • Close air crisp lid and set to 400 for 8 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned on top.
  • Take out and enjoy immediately for best results.

Here’s a tip: The more you press to scrape out the spaghetti squash noodles the more firm they will be. If you want them really soft and tender just use the ones that easily come off with very little pressure from your fork. Those will be VERY tender and have the texture of pasta.

Ninja Foodi Spaghetti Squash Pizza Pasta

Oil Free Spaghetti Squash

Of course it is totally up to you how much cheese you want to add but the following ingredient amounts below turned out great for us. You can jump to recipe below and get started but after you love it you’ll thoroughly enjoy these too;

  1. Ninja Foodi taco pasta recipe
  2. We have 8 different Ninja Foodi cabbage recipes here
  3. Air fryer corn turns out great, and are great side dishes to our air fryer pork chops

If  you have an Instant Pot you can follow the same method except you’ll need to put it under the broiler to melt the cheese at the end. I wouldn’t recommend using a slow cooker to cook spaghetti squash, our oven directions would be better if you don’t have either one.

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Pizza Ninja Foodi Spaghetti Squash

Ninja Foodi spaghetti squash pizza pasta is a low carb dinner you can make in your pressure cooker and air fryer. Just like spaghetti noodles but healthier.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, low carb, ninja foodi, pasta, pizza, pressure cooker, spaghetti, spaghetti squash
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 284kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and remove inner seeds so inside cavity is clean.
  • Pour 1.5 c water into your Foodi and place a trivet at the bottom.
  • Set both halves of your squash inside with cut ends facing up.
  • Put on pressure cooker lid and close steam valve. Set to high pressure for 8 minutes. Then do a quick release.
  • Drain water from inside cavity of squash halves and remove from pot. Carefully place on cutting board to cool, they will be hot!
  • Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes so it's at least cool enough for you to pick it up with a hand towel in your hand and handle it without burning yourself, it will be hot.
  • Using a fork gently scrape the "noodles" out of each half and into a bowl. Make sure to leave the outsides of the squash in tact so you can use them as "bowls".
  • Drain water from bowl with "noodles" in it. Add your spaghetti squash and 1/2 c of cheese and gently stir so everything is nicely coated.
  • Drain water from inner pot and put trivet back in. Place empty half of squash on trivet with empty side facing up.
  • Use fork to fill squash with spaghetti squash mixture in bowl (fork helps to lessen excess liquid)
  • Sprinkle 1/ 4 cheese on top, followed by pepperoni, followed by 1/4 c more cheese.
  • Close air crisp lid and set to 400 for 8 minutes or until browned on top.
  • Take out and enjoy immediately for best results.

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Nutrition Facts
Pizza Ninja Foodi Spaghetti Squash
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 284 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 419mg18%
Potassium 348mg10%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 745IU15%
Vitamin C 5.6mg7%
Calcium 370mg37%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Marie

Thursday 19th of November 2020

I mixed in ham and mushrooms and some of the cheese instead of using pepperoni. It’s very good.

Julie McGill

Thursday 31st of October 2019

This was very good and also easy. It was more flavorful than regular spaghetti squash. The cheese mixed in as well as on top was a bonus. I liked the addition of pepperoni. Very nice! Thank you!

The Typical Mom

Saturday 2nd of November 2019

Glad you loved it

Pete

Saturday 12th of October 2019

Step 8 is confusing and could be worded better: "Drain water from bowl with "noodles" in it. Add your spaghetti squash and 1/2 c of cheese and gently stir so everything is nicely coated". The "noodles" are the spaghetti squash - There is nothing to add back in - you never took the noodles out of the bowl - just drained water from it. I assume that;s what you meant.

Nancie

Friday 15th of November 2019

I think it should say "add your spaghetti sauce", not squash.

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