I wanted some Italian comfort food. I don’t even know why. I think it’s the cold, the snow, I just wanted something warm and pasta’y’ and I really can’t eat a huge bowl of pasta like I did almost every day when I was 20.
So I did the next best thing. I bought spaghetti squash. Before you say ‘whatever’, read the whole thing.
Spaghetti squash tastes exactly like pasta. But because of it’s micronutrient density, it’s blows away the pasta option: If you’re a calorie counter:
75 calories in 1 cup of Cooked Spaghetti Squash
220 calories in 1 cup of pasta
The best? It’s an EAT. Eat as much as you want, and I’ve included a cheat free (all Eat recipe) at the bottom.
Intimidated? Takes 4 minute prep time (and about 55 minutes right in the oven. The only intimidating part is cutting it lengthwise.
Everything else is so easy. It’s so good, so filling, I top mine with tomato sauce and parm. It’s full on italian yummy. You can also do butter, parm and bacon bits. Or bolognese. It acts exactly like pasta, as long as you follow this recipe below.
You want to make sure it’s not “wet”. You want it perfectly al dente and this method give it to you.
Preheat the oven to 460.
Take a cookie sheet and cover with tin foil or parchment paper.
With a large sharp knife, slice the spaghetti squash lengthwise (the longest part).
With a spoon, scoop out the seeds and the strings, just like a pumpkin.
Place each half on the cookie sheet with tin foil, scooped out side faced up.
Sprinkle with just a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper. (optional. you can place right in without anything)
Place in oven for 47 minutes! That’s it!
Take out and let cool. Use a fork to scoop out the “spaghetti”. Like so:
So many ways to serve!
Delicious tomato sauce
Tomato sauce with parmesan on top
Teaspoon of butter with parmesan on top
Meatballs with tomato sauce and parmesan
Let me know if you make it. I got a 6 pound spaghetti squash and I’m eating this all day! Nutrition notes are below.
Spaghetti squash is not only low in carbohydrates but is also rich in antioxidants, such as vitamins A and C, B-vitamins, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and essential minerals. It also contains the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, and has potent antimicrobial properties. It is a guiltless treat and definitely a better choice than your regular pasta.
Aside from serving as a substitute to pasta, this squash variety can also be roasted and eaten by itself, added to casseroles and even included in desserts.
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