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Fast & Easy Dinner: Italian-Style Spaghetti Squash

Fast & Easy Dinner: Italian-Style Spaghetti Squash

If you've never cooked with spaghetti squash, I highly recommend you give it a try. Once it's roasted in the oven, the flesh comes off in strands that resemble spaghetti. Treat it as you would pasta and toss with a simple vegetable saute and you've got a carb-free, vegetarian-friendly meal. This recipe is highly versatile, so sub in whatever veggies you have on hand; mushrooms, peppers, even a green like kale would be delicious. Check it out now.

Italian-Style Spaghetti Squash

Italian-Style Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash Pasta Recipe

Ingredients

2 lb. spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 medium-sized red onion, thinly sliced
1 zucchini (8 oz.), diced
4 medium-sized tomatoes, diced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 cup reduced-fat grated Parmesan cheese for garnish, optional
1 small lemon, sliced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place squash halves, cut side down, in baking dish. Add 1/4 cup water, and cover dish with foil. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until tender. Remove from oven, and cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and cook for 3 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  4. Add zucchini, reduce heat to medium, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until zucchini begins to brown.
  5. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low, and cook, uncovered, for about 10 minutes.
  6. Using a fork, scrape squash strands into a bowl. Toss with remaining 1 tablespoon of oil.
  7. Mound squash in the centers of four pasta bowls. Spoon vegetable mixture around or over squash strands, dividing vegetables equally among bowls. Drizzle with more oil, if desired, and garnish with Parmesan cheese. Add lemon slices, and serve.

Serves 4.

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LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 6 years
I would probably like this better than w/ traditional tomato marinara. :feedme:
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 6 years
I do believe there ARE carbs in spaghetti squash... just less than pasta - which is why I LOVE this squash! I eat it almost daily!!! I love it paired with salmon, mm mm good!
mannylove mannylove 6 years
I love spaghetti squash, it's one of my very favorite things! When you bake it, it makes your home smell so yummy too.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 6 years
I like it, but I appreciate it more on with feta cheese, roasted tomatos, garlic, etc.
syako syako 6 years
I think they're saying it's a total package, "carb free AND vegetarian friendly"
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 6 years
I'll grant you that it's carb free, but do you have to tout that spaghetti squash is a vegetarian substitute for pasta? You know what's pretty vegetarian on its own? Pasta.
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