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Browned Butter Kale and Fontina Spaghetti Squash

Browned Butter Kale and Fontina Spaghetti Squash

Browned butter kale and fontina spaghetti squash offers a rich, cheesy edge to your standard vegetarian main. Weeknight-friendly and perfect for make-ahead lunches.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 small spaghetti squash about 1 1/2 lbs. each
  • 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 5 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 5 cups thinly sliced lacinato kale
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Fontina cheese
  • 4 lemon wedges


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Cut each squash in half lengthwise. Rub flesh evenly with 1 Tbsp. of the oil. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Place squash halves, cut sides down, on a baking sheet. Bake for 50 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes. Scoop out seeds; discard. Scrape inside of squash with a fork to remove spaghetti-like strands. Set aside.
  • Toast pine nuts in a large dry skillet over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often, until golden. Transfer to a small bowl.
  • Add butter to pan; cook until butter is browned, foaming, and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add remaining 3 Tbsp. oil, garlic, thyme, and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring constantly, until garlic begins to brown, about 1 minute. Add kale; cook until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Add spaghetti squash strands, remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper; toss well to coat.
  • Divide squash mixture evenly into 4 squash shells. Sprinkle Fontina cheese evenly overtop. Place back on baking sheet and broil on HIGH 2 minutes, until cheese is melted. Scatter pine nuts overtop; serve with lemon wedges.