Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Spaghetti Squash and Vodka Sauce


I discovered spaghetti squash a couple of years ago--it's awesome.  I just love the fact that I can eat a huge bowl of this stuff and not feel like I need to run a marathon the next day to work it off! This can be used just like spaghetti minus all the carbs.  It's chock full of nutrients and only about 75 calories per 8 oz serving.  Oh yea...you can definitely help yourself to seconds!  This a super simple recipe which you can modify and add all sorts of your favorite goodies.  Here are the basics of what you'll need.



This serves 3
1/2 spaghetti squash
Jar of marinara or vodka sauce
6 or 7 mushrooms
1-2 tbsp of sliced sun dried tomato (optional)
5-6 quarters of artichoke hearts (optional)
Other great additions:  spinach or onions

Instructions:
Cut the squash in half and scrape out the seeds.






















Once you've scraped out the center, fill a tupperware about 1/4 of the way full with water.  Place the squash flat side down.


















Heat on high in the microwave for about 10-12 minutes.  

While the squash is in the microwave, grease a pan with olive oil and toss in sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and mushrooms.  (I was originally just going to sautee mushrooms until I found a jar of sun dried tomatoes and artichokes in the back of my fridge...woohoo!)  

 Once the squash is done, drain the water and scrape the insides with a fork to form spaghetti like noodles.

 Add the squash to the pan, mix everything well and then add your favorite sauce!
















ENJOY!!

















5 comments:

  1. this sounds delicious....love the pictures

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  2. I love using spaghetti squash as a substitute for pasta, although daniel gets offended occasionally by the trickery, but you can do soo much with it :)this looks quite tasty

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  3. Mmmm I am SO making this. Like this week.
    My oven is OUT OF ORDER, and seeing your squash do its thing, in the micro... Well, I will definitely have to give it a try.

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  4. i've never had spaghetti squash before (but live for lots of other yummy fall squashes!) but your pictures make it look good! Maybe this year is the year to try it!

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