It’s time for you and boxed pasta to take a break. Say goodbye to the carbs and calories and hello to guilt-free deliciousness with one (or all!) of these awesome recipes.

1. Butternut Squash Mac ‘n Cheese


Photo by Parisa Soraya

Cheesy goodness — minus the carbs from macaroni, thanks to the butternut squash. Try this instead of your usual KD or Annie’s mac and cheese.

2. Vegan Pesto Spaghetti Squash Bake


Photo by Kristine Mahan

A cross between a lasagna and a ziti bake — vegan friends, try this one out.

3. Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash Boats with Grilled Chicken


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Insta-worthy AND delicious. This super simple recipe looks and tastes amazing. Make the whole spaghetti squash and save half for tomorrow night’s dinner, because #leftovers.

4. Spaghetti Squash (in the microwave)


Photo by Sarah Stettin

When you don’t have enough patience or time to use the oven, add your favorite sauce and you’re all set.

5. Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Linguini


Photo by Maddie Cole

Feel like kicking it up a notch with some shrimp? Try this one out by using a spiralizer or mandolin to create yummy and healthy zucchini linguini.

6. Tofu Noodles


Photo by Hannah Morse

Using a tofu noodle substitute, satisfy your pasta craving without all the extra calories. Add shrimp, cheese, marinara — the possibilities are endless!

7. Pesto Zucchini Pasta


Photo by Mujahid Zaman

So swirly. So yummy. Love pesto so much you want more? Make extra and put it in the freezer to save some for later.