Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Herbed Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan

Herbed Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan is a perfect side dish, or meatless Monday meal from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com
Herbed Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan is a perfect side dish, or meatless Monday meal from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

So y'all have heard me say, over and over, that my Mom wasn't much of a cook, which is true. But, she did love her veggies and cooked them as much as possible, much to my dismay. Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, broiled tomatoes with Parmesan cheese.....UGH! They all filled our house with, what I felt was the smell of death. I would literally run out the door when she started cooking any of them.


BUT, there was one she could get me to eat. You guessed it, spaghetti squash. Don't ask me how she got me to try it, or why I liked it.

Maybe it was because it looked like, and was named after something I adored......spaghetti!

It also probably had something to do with the fact that my Dad would eat it, and I was a Daddy's girl, so if it was good enough for him, it was good enough for me.

Lastly, the fact that my Mom would smother it in spaghetti sauce (Ragu I believe) made it super easy to chow down on.

Although the same would not go for Brussels sprouts EEeewwwwww!

Herbed Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan is a perfect side dish, or meatless Monday meal from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Isn't that one gorgeous squash?

Herbed Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan is a perfect side dish, or meatless Monday meal from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Cut it in half and scrape out the "guts".

Herbed Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan is a perfect side dish, or meatless Monday meal from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Roast in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes.

Herbed Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan is a perfect side dish, or meatless Monday meal from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Shred the insides with a fork to pull up the "spaghetti".

Herbed Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan is a perfect side dish, or meatless Monday meal from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

I tried spaghetti squash out on the fam a little while back, and was happily surprised to find that they shared my love for it. 

Of course the first time I fed it to them I did use spaghetti sauce and cheese in my Italian Style Stuffed Spaghetti Squash to bait them to the table. But they all swore up and down that it wasn't just the sauce that made them clean their plates.

*insert skeptic scowl*

So I decided to get them to put their money where their mouth is.

Well, no that's not really true, there wasn't any money involved. But their mouths were involved, that is for sure!

Herbed Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan is a perfect side dish, or meatless Monday meal from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Now, I ask you, is it cheating that I used butter and Parmesan cheese to get them this time?

Naaaaaaaa that is just good taste right?

See, I knew you would agree with me!

On the serious side here, getting rid of those pasta calories (ummm hello 221 calories per cup), allows you to have a bit of wiggle room when it comes to the calories. Especially when spaghetti squash weighs in at ummmm 31 calories per cup!!!

Ya, you read that right.

Miss Picky Pants asked for a small bowl, then asked if she could go back for seconds, then asked if she could finish the rest of it!

I think it was a huge hit, what do you think?

But, just look at that gorgeous bowl of food.....how could you not want to devour the whole thing??

Herbed Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan is a perfect side dish, or meatless Monday meal from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

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Herbed Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan

Bobbi Burleson
Herbed Spaghetti Squash with Garlic and Parmesan is a perfect side dish, or meatless Monday meal from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


Who needs calorie heavy pasta when you can replace it with spaghetti squash in a delicious garlic butter sauce, topped with fresh grated Parmesan?

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 to 4 pound) spaghetti squash
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese + more for serving

Equipment Used

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F
  2. Carefully cut the squash in half lengthwise. You can microwave the entire squash for 3 to 5 minutes to make cutting it easier.
  3. Scoop out the seeds. Then place the halves cut side down in a shallow baking dish. Add a bit of water, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan.
  4. Cook the squash for 30 to 45 minutes. Begin checking at 30 minutes. Squash is done when you can easily pierce the side with a knife.
  5. Allow squash to cool a bit, then carefully scrape the flesh out with a fork, which will separate it into spaghetti like strands.
  6. Heat the butter in a large skillet, over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the minced garlic and cook until it begins to turn golden.
  7. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the shredded spaghetti squash, basil, parsley, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Toss to with tongs to combine.
  8. Serve with extra Parmesan, basil, and parsley, if desired.
Yield: 2 to 4 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 35 mins.
Total time: 40 mins.
Tags: spaghetti squash, Parmesan cheese, healthy recipes, healthy, meatless, gluten free, vegetables, vegetarian,


Based on 4 servings

Nutritional information via Calorie Count

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8 comments:

  1. Yum! I want this right now! I love squash but my family isn't too keen on it so I need clever ways to get them to eat it. This may just work!

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    1. Yes Tina, this might be the way. I will tell you I was shocked at how much my daughter (Miss Picky Pants) loved it!

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  2. This looks so delicious. The first time I made spaghetti squash it didn't turn out, so I've never made it again. I think I will be giving your recipe a try.

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    1. Oh I hope so Mary :) if my Miss Picky Pants loved it, I know you will too!

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  3. This is my favorite way to eat spaghetti squash. Simple and so flavorful!

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    1. Yes there us something about simple that just makes it even better!

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  4. Spaghetti squash is just amazing! Beautiful recipe!

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