Garlic. Basil. Parsley. This dish is packed with these ingredients, all of which have cancer-fighting properties! Comprehensive Cancer Centers is an advocate for maintaining a healthy lifestyle – whether for cancer prevention, or to help aide in the treatment and recovery process of a cancer diagnosis. A healthy lifestyle comes with regular exercise, of course, as well as eating a well-balanced diet. Not only does this recipe includes ingredients that help fight cancer, but it will also keep you on track for maintaining a healthy diet. Garlic and parsley are full of antioxidant nutrients while basil contains Vitamin C & D as well as anti-bacterial properties. To learn how to make Spaghetti Squash with Basil-Parsley Pesto and Shrimp, follow the instructions below.

Makes 3-4 servings, as a main course.

1 4-pound spaghetti squash
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
Basil-Parsley Pesto Sauce:
½ cup tightly packed basil leaves
½ cup tightly packed parsley leaves
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup pine nuts
¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
½ cup olive oil or grapeseed oil
For the Shrimp:
1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
For Serving:
pine nuts
Lemon wedges
Parmesan cheese


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Roast the Spaghetti Squash:
Chop the tip and the tail off of the spaghetti squash and stand the squash up-right on a cutting board. Carefully cut the squash in half length-wise – gravity will help you chop from top to bottom. Use a spoon to scoop the seeds out of each of the halves. Rub about a tablespoon of olive oil over the flesh of each half. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Place both halves cut-side down on a baking sheet. Roast the squash for 45 to 50 minutes or until the flesh is tender. Remove from oven and allow squash to cool about 10 minutes.

When the squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to gently scrape the flesh, releasing spaghetti-like stands. Do this until both halves of the spaghetti squash are scraped clean and place the “spaghetti” into a large serving bowl and set aside.

Prepare the Basil-Parsley Pesto Sauce:
Add all ingredients for the pesto sauce to a small blender (or food processor) and blend until it reaches desired consistency. I blended mine until smooth.

Sauté the Shrimp:
In a large skillet, heat the oil to medium. Carefully place the shrimp on the hot skillet and add the garlic. Allow shrimp to cook until it begins to plump and turn pink, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Flip shrimp to the other side and allow it to cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes, or until cooked through. Lower the heat to medium-low and add the pesto sauce and prepared spaghetti squash. Fold everything together and cook until everything is hot.

Serve heaping portions with pine nuts, fresh lemon wedges, and grated Parmesan cheese.

Credit: Eat to Beat Cancer