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Pumpkin Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Shrimp + Tate Bake Shop Giveaway!


Ever in your wildest dreams did you think that pumpkin and pesto could go together? That together they could be the most outrageously fantastic pairing ever to grace your mouth. That not only would they be amazing but that pumpkin pesto would be transcended to an even higher calling when tossed with nutty, garlicky spaghetti squash. Did you ever?

But Wait! There’s more! Not only do you get pumpkin pesto and spaghetti squash in one dish but I am throwing in a batch of roasted shrimp just for the heck of it!

Call me Merry but with the upcoming holidays I am just ecstatic to produce new, exciting  and holiday oriented dishes here on Kitchen Belleicious. Dishes, like this one, that spring up from the need for something quick,  easy and with what you have on hand. Take the pesto for example. I won’t tell you how many cans of pumpkin I have in my pantry but just know I have more than enough pumpkin muffins, cupcakes, bread and donuts. Basil is overflowing in my garden (still) and with the goal of getting out of your traditional pesto rut I decided why not combine the two? No one said I couldn’t and even if someone told me it wasn’t a good idea- do I ever really listen?:)

I always  ALWAYS come home from the store with a spaghetti squash. Why? It is just as easy to cook as pasta and it is WAY HEALTHIER (yes I know that is not correct grammar). Want to know how I cook my spaghetti squash? Only 4 steps. 1) Half it 2) Place in microwave safe dish filled with 1/4 cup water 3) Cook in microwave for 10-15 minutes in 5 minute intervals) 4) Toss and saute with melted butter and garlic in saute pan. See- EASY!

Now that I have your attention with this wild crazy notion of Pumpkin Pesto I want to introduce you to my new favorite baking cookbook. It is an outstanding cookbook by Kathleen King, owner of Tate’s Bake Shop called Baking for Friends.  Tell me you have heard of Tate’s before! Kathleen’s first cookbook was Amazing, Mouthwatering and Creative. Her second cookbook,  Tate’s Bake Shop Baking for Friends is nothing short of extraordinary  I guess the title in itself struck a nerve (good one) with me because one thing I enjoy most is baking and cooking for my friends. Nothing gives me more joy, other than baking for my family, than bringing something yummy and delicious to friends who are there for me through thick and thin. Now Tate’s Bake Shop is widely known for their incredible chocolate chip cookies. Seeing as how I am a widely slightly obsessed with chocolate chip cookies I thought it was more than appropriate to try out her Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies. Wow! What can I say- the woman has two cookbooks for a reason. They are now my go to recipe!   If you are in need of a great cookbook and or gift- Baking for Friends is the perfect one!

Tate’s Bake Shop has so graciously offered to give my readers $5 dollars off a signed autographed copy of Kathleen Kings, Baking for Friends. You can get your signed copy at Tates Bake Shop and use the code BAKEOFF! Wait, there’s more (have you noticed that theme with me throughout this post?) It’s like it never ends! LOL! Tates Bake Shop has also offered to giveaway a Tate’s Bake Shop Cookie and Bar Tower to one lucky reader of Kitchen Belleicious! See below- I mean who doesn’t want a cookie tower? Let alone from Tates!


Enter to Win a Cookie and Bar Tower from Tate’s Bake Shop, as well as a signed copy of Baking for Friends by Kathleen King!

Giveaway includes: the boxes are assorted but typically include: three 7-oz boxes of cookies, one each of chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and white chocolate chip macadamia nut. Two rich, buttery raspberry bars, two chocolate chip and walnut loaded blondies, and two rich, dense and fudgy plain brownies round out this crowd pleaser. Each 7-oz box contains approximately 12 cookies, and bars measure 4″ x 2.75″.

Please leave a comment for each.  Entries will be received through Sunday, November 21th, 2012.  Open to US residents.
Pumpkin Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Shrimp
  • Pesto Sauce: Pulse all ingredients in a food processor, slowly drizzling in the olive oil. Then mix with ¾ cup canned pumpkin. Less or more depending on how much of a pumpkin taste you want
  • 1 large bunch of basil leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ¾ cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup Devo olive oil or more depending on personal preference
  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin
  • Shrimp:
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper each
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 pound of shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ tsp salt and pepper each
  1. First half your squash vertically. Place skin side down into a microwave safe baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and cook in microwave for 10-15 minutes in 5 minute intervals. Remove and allow to cool to handle. Scrap out the find strands of squash using a fork and put the strands into a saute pan along with the butter and minced garlic. Saute on low for 5-7 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, toss your shrimp with the olive oil, garlic and seasonings. Place on a baking sheet and roast in the oven at 400 for 5-8 minutes. Toss spaghetti squash with the pumpkin pesto and roasted shrimp. Top with toasted breadcrumbs if you are feeling really daring! YUM!


  1. nancy at good food matters

    Pumpkin is really delicious in savory applications–as you have so ably demonstrated here.

    As much as I’d love the Tate tower for myself, I’d have to give it to my mom, who is crazy for cookies, and edible holiday decor!

    12 . Nov . 2012
  2. Suzy

    You are totally right, I would have never thought of adding pumpkin w/pesto..but I can’t wait to try it! And um..I’d keep the cookies for myself. 🙂

    12 . Nov . 2012
  3. Danielle

    I’d keep the cookbook and take the cookies to one of the military spouse get togethers I go to! They would love to eat them with me!

    12 . Nov . 2012
  4. Danielle

    I already follow Kitchen Bellicious – a great place to find awesome recipes!

    12 . Nov . 2012
  5. Danielle

    I pinned this post and followed you on interest

    12 . Nov . 2012
  6. Nicole-Lynn

    Hi there! Hope all is well! 🙂 Wow, that recipe looks awesome!

    If I won, I’d give this to my brother in law and his wife for Christmas.

    12 . Nov . 2012
  7. Nicole-Lynn

    I subscribe via email

    12 . Nov . 2012
  8. maureen

    I have a sister and her family that would so love this gift. She has 4 young ones and this would add smiles to their face.

    12 . Nov . 2012
  9. maureen

    I follow via Rss reader feed.

    12 . Nov . 2012
  10. erin

    I would gift it to my mom. PS the recipe with this post looks amazing!

    12 . Nov . 2012
  11. erin

    I subscribe via google reader!

    12 . Nov . 2012
  12. Shea Sayers

    I would have a hard time giving them away, but I’d probably share with my family 🙂

    12 . Nov . 2012
  13. Eva Taylor

    Pesto and anything are definitely a combo made in heaven. I like the addition of spaghetti squash a lighter change to actual spagetti.

    12 . Nov . 2012
  14. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    We have been having spaghetti squash almost every week. We just love it so I am always looking for new ways to prepare it. This looks awesome! I think I would share the cookies with some special people who would not normally splurge on something like this. I would keep the cookbook for myself so that I would be able to make the cookies to eat and share anytime! Great giveaway.

    12 . Nov . 2012
  15. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I actually never thought pumpkin can be such a versatile ingredient until I started blogging (I use for Japanese cooking but that was about it before). I was really impressed to see pumpkin pesto today and what a great way to include more nutrition to the spaghetti squash! And roasted shrimp…that’s just so delicious!!

    12 . Nov . 2012
  16. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    What a fabulous and interesting combination of ingredients. Very creative.

    I would gift the tower to my sis in law. She would love it.

    I follow and always enjoy your posts. Also Facebook and Pinterest. Great give-away.

    12 . Nov . 2012
  17. Meryl

    I’d keep some for myself, and share the rest.

    12 . Nov . 2012
  18. Louis

    I’d give them to my wife.

    12 . Nov . 2012
  19. daphne

    I will give them to my husband and then take a few from him ;P

    What a lovely idea with the squash! Pesto and pumpkin- perfect! Who would have thought.

    12 . Nov . 2012
  20. Asmita

    This dish looks awesome and I love your giveaway. I would definitely keep it for myself. I am happy to follow your creative and delicious posts!
    Liked you on facebook.

    12 . Nov . 2012
  21. yummychunklet

    I still can’t bring myself to try spaghetti squash in a pasta dish, but I’ll make a concerted effort because this looks great!

    12 . Nov . 2012
  22. jackie@marin mama cooks

    Hey you! I love this original recipe that you came up with. You are very talented my dear. I just saw a recipe on another site that used spaghetti squash so I think it’s a sign for me to give it a whirl this week. You make it look so simple to!

    I’m crazily obsessed with cookies as well. I mean who isn’t, right? The cookie tower is actually the perfect treat to receive before the Holidays because you can bring the cookies to any holiday party as a hostess gift! What a time saver it would be to not have to bake them!

    I hope you got to bed early from your exhausting day. I had that sort of day yesterday. I was in bed by 8:30. When are we going to get use to this time change? Soon, I hope!

    12 . Nov . 2012
  23. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Now this is a meal I could sink my teeth into – delicious!
    🙂 Mandy xo

    13 . Nov . 2012
  24. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb

    OH that sounds super yum, I believe Pumpkin is one of those veggies that you can use creatively in your kitchen. You proofed exactly that today!

    13 . Nov . 2012
  25. barbara n

    I would love to keep this for myself but would probably give the Cookie & Bar Tower as a hostess gift this holiday season

    13 . Nov . 2012
  26. barbara n

    I am an email subscriber to kitchen belleicious

    13 . Nov . 2012
  27. kitchen flavours

    Pumpkin pesto, this is wonderful! I once made pumpkin pasta, the pumpkins are roasted with spices. But I have never thought of pumpkin pesto! Incredible, I can just imagine the bursting of flavours!
    Would love, love to enter the giveaway, but it is only for US residents! Good luck everyone!
    Have a great week!
    And just for fun, I would share the cookies among my kids, nieces and nephews, they love cookies!

    13 . Nov . 2012
  28. Joanne

    I LOVE pumpkin and pesto together!! But would never have thought to pair it with spaghetti squash. What a fabulous idea!

    13 . Nov . 2012
  29. Maren Z

    I would keep some and give some away.

    13 . Nov . 2012
  30. Maren Z

    I follow you via email

    13 . Nov . 2012
  31. Geni

    I would NOT have thought about pumpkin and pesto together, but I believe you Jessica. You would not steer me wrong. It looks delish!

    13 . Nov . 2012
  32. Susan H.

    I would share with my sister and mom.

    13 . Nov . 2012
  33. Susan H.

    I subscribe to your emails.

    13 . Nov . 2012
  34. Susan H.

    I follow you both on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway.

    13 . Nov . 2012
  35. Susan H.

    I follow you both on FB.

    13 . Nov . 2012
  36. Susan H.

    I follow you on Pinterest and pinned this post.

    13 . Nov . 2012
  37. Liz

    Oh, I’d give it to my kids, wink, wink!

    PS…I LOVE spaghetti squash!! I need to get in the habit of picking it up more often~

    13 . Nov . 2012
  38. Liz

    I follow you both on FB

    13 . Nov . 2012
  39. Liz

    I pinned your post (and follow you on Pinterest)

    13 . Nov . 2012
  40. Ttrockwood

    I follow you on fb (terri)

    13 . Nov . 2012
  41. Ttrockwood

    I follow tate’s on fb (terri)

    13 . Nov . 2012
  42. Ttrockwood

    I would share with friends!

    13 . Nov . 2012
  43. Roz

    Hi Jessica,

    Oh I must be in the true holiday spirit and say that I’d share it with my daughter, an aspiring young cook. Love this recipe; so creative as always! If I don’t get back to you before next week, I wish you and your loved ones a most blessed Thanksgiving!


    13 . Nov . 2012
  44. Kristy

    I have a partial can of pumpkin sitting in my fridge with no home yet – and we love spaghetti squash. I’m all over this one Jessica! Fabulous idea, and it will be a great post Thanksgiving meal too. 🙂

    14 . Nov . 2012
  45. Jed Gray (sportsglutton)

    This sounds exactly like a recipe that would have come about in our house Jessica, as it fit’s our motto…why not?!! I love crazy combinations that come together brilliantly!

    14 . Nov . 2012
  46. Erica

    Ohmygosh yum!!!!!! What a fun combo. This looks amazing! Tate’s bake shop has such delicious treats! I would bring the tower into my daughters daycare for all of the wonderful women there (who have patience like none other!!)

    14 . Nov . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Oh that would be so sweet of you! I know what u mean. I can handle my own but a room full- wow!!

      29 . Nov . 2012
  47. Kankana

    I love the idea of pumpkin pesto and just few days back I had made it with spaghetti. It’s always so flavorful!

    14 . Nov . 2012
  48. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    You’re definitely a no-rules kinda woman and I like that. I wouldn’t have done a pumpkin/pesto combo but I will now.

    16 . Nov . 2012
  49. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    I have to say, I’d be seriously tempted to keep them for myself Tate’s cookies and brownies are so good, but I would share with friends for the holidays.

    16 . Nov . 2012
  50. lena

    pumpkin pesto sounds like something i like. Actually i love anything pumpkin 🙂 i wonder if it’s nice on toasts..i know i’m not eligible for the giveaway, anyway i wld like to chk out that cookbook too! Happy sunday to you!

    17 . Nov . 2012
  51. julie

    I would love the gluten free tower and then I could keep it all to myself!

    19 . Nov . 2012
  52. Meg

    how do you happen to know that i have spaghetti squash and a can of pumpkin in my refrigerator that need to be used up??

    11 . Dec . 2012

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