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Spaghetti squash cheesy low carb cupcakes

No-Pasta Mac and Cheese Cupcakes

These cheesy, low carb 'cupcakes' are a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies!
Course Entree
Cuisine Vegetables
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 137kcal
Author Lauren Goslin


  • 4 t. olive oil divided
  • ¼ c. yellow onion chopped fine
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 c. broccoli chopped into bite-size pieces
  • ½ c. tomato chopped
  • ¼ c. green peas washed and drained
  • 2 cups prepared spaghetti squash noodles blotted dry
  • 1 egg optional (these will work without the egg, but they hold together better with it)
  • 1 c. cheese any kind that you can tolerate (I like extra sharp cheddar or goat cheddar)
  • ¼ c. + 3 T. parmesan cheese grated
  • 6 T. almond meal
  • ½ t. salt
  • a few grinds of black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a skillet.
  • Add the onion and garlic with a bit of salt, and saute 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in the broccoli, and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and peas, and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Continue heating the mix until the majority of the moisture is dissolved.
  • Turn heat off.
  • Stir in the spaghetti squash noodles, making sure that everything is mixed well (it's important that the noodles are dried well, as the cupcakes will bake better and not be soggy).
  • Season the mix with salt and pepper.
  • Allow the entire mix to cool (this is helped by transferring everything to a bowl).
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk the egg (if using).
  • Mix in the cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup of the parmesan.
  • Pour the egg/cheese mixture into the veggie bowl, and stir everything until well combined.
  • Oil a muffin tin using either a cooking spray or an oiled napkin, and sprinkle almond meal (about 1 teaspoon) into each muffin cup to coat it (alternatively, you could also use muffin cups, which I did for some).
  • Fill the muffin cups as full as you'd like without them overflowing (I got 9 cupcakes).
  • Top each with about 1 teaspoon of almond meal, 1 teaspoon of parmesan, and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Bake the cupcakes for 15 minutes on the bottom rack of the oven.
  • Replace them on the top rack, and bake for another 7 minutes.
  • At the end of 7 minutes, crank the oven to 'broil' and let them bake for 1-2 minutes, just until the tops are golden. Be sure to watch them carefully!
  • Cool and serve!


The nutrition facts are based on using 4 ounces of extra sharp cheddar cheese, 1 egg, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, and the extra almond meal for the coating of the muffin cups. Weight Watchers points (new system): 4


Serving: 1g | Sodium: 291mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1.1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Calories: 137kcal | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4.5g | Fat: 10.5g | Protein: 6.7g | Carbohydrates: 4.5g