Sunday, November 24, 2013

Tasty Delights-- Spaghetti Squash "Pasta"

Tasty Delights and Dazzling Disasters is all about playing in the kitchen and having some fun.

I'll share my delights or my disasters. Yall feel free to join in and create your own posts, share your favorite recipes, what have you. 

I'm trying to be "healthier" and decided to give spaghetti squash a go and use it instead of actual pasta.
Different. But not bad. 

There's a good bit of flexibility with this one. 
Grab the extra veggies and such you like and go!

First step is to cook that spaghetti squash.
I used the microwave which took about 10 minutes. 
Slice squash in half and scrape out the seeds. 
Then place cut side down in a microwave safe dish and add water to the dish.
Microwave 10 minutes then fork out the squash strands into a separate dish.

While the squash is cooking start working on your sauce.
Saute the onion, add in the tomatoes, herbs and simmer.

I went with carrots and spinach for my veggies.

Let simmer until veggies are softening.

And plate up! The squash is a little crunchier than regular pasta but actually pretty good.
I might skip the carrots next time. Or just cook them a little bit longer. 
They were a little too firm as they were.

Overall a healthy alternative to the typical spaghetti dish and pretty tasty. 
It could also be varied each time depending on what veggies are seasonal which I like :)

Do you have a favorite spaghetti squash dish?

Spaghetti Squash "Pasta"

1 spaghetti squash
1 T olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
1/3 cup white dry wine
16 oz tomato sauce
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 can (1lb) tomatoes pureed--I just used 16 oz petite diced tomatoes
2 garlic cloves
1 T basil, rosemary, thyme
1/4t black pepper
3 medium sliced carrots
2 T parsley
1 small zucchini, sliced
1 cup broccoli, chopped
(I skipped the zucchini and broccoli this time and added spinach)
  • Microwave or bake spaghetti squash then set aside
  • Heat olive oil on medium heat then saute onions uncovered 5 minutes
  • Add wine and cook covered 3 minutes
  • Mix in tomato sauce, tomato puree, garlic, herbs (except parsley) and simmer covered 3 minutes
  • Add carrots, simmer 3 minutes
  • Add broccoli and zucchini, simmer 3 minutes
  • Garnish with parmesan cheese and parsley

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