Spaghetti Squash Bandwagon

Ohhh yeah. I finally found a new health food trend I can jump on board with, spaghetti squash! I have to admit, I was pretty skeptical of this stuff when I first heard about it, and it obviously took me a little while to finally give in, but boy am I glad I did! My skepticism was mostly because I hadn’t tried any type of squash at all until about a month ago when my boyfriend tricked me into it. Seriously, you serve me anything with as much salt, butter and olive oil as he had on this thing and of course I’m going to think it’s good! Nevertheless, I did it. I figured out where it was at the store, found an easy recipe and cooked it up for dinner. It was seriously delicious, but for my budget the squash was a little expensive. I think mine cost upwards of $8. The recipe I found was called Skinny Spaghetti Squash Alfredo.  It was super easy, super quick and super delicious! Well okay, the actual cooking part is super quick, but I cooked the squash for 1 hour before I cut it open and started cooking the actual meal. But if you are like me and you don’t tend to worry too much, I put mine in the oven and left to go to the store to get the rest of the ingredients while it cooked. My boyfriend was dumbfounded by this, but hey…my house was standing when I got home and the squash only had 15min left to cook! I’d say it was a win for me. The recipe I found said you could either make this into 2 servings (half a squash each) to use as the main course, or cut it into 4’s for side dishes. I went the route of the main course and I don’t think I finished half of my half before I was full. I served it with a side of lemon pepper green beans and a green salad.

Skinny Spaghetti Squash Alfredo:

YIELD: Makes 2 large servings or 4 side dish servings

INGREDIENTS:

1 medium-sized spaghetti squash

1 Tablespoon butter

3 cloves of garlic, finely minced

2 Tablespoons flour

1 1/2 cups milk (I used skim)

1 Tablespoon cream cheese (I used low-fat)

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus 2 Tablespoons extra for topping

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Crushed red pepper flakes and fresh parsley, for garnish if you wish

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Poke a few holes deep into the whole squash with a paring knife. Bake for 60 minutes, remove from the oven and let rest for 10 to 20 minutes before slicing in half with a large serrated knife. I couldn’t decide if I should put it on a baking sheet or not, I opted not to. Scoop out the seedy inside leaving the spaghetti strands. Use a fork to gently scrape the “spaghetti” strands into the center.

For the sauce, melt butter in a small pot over medium-low heat. Once hot, add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Whisk in flour, cooking for another minute while stirring. Whisk in milk until no lumps remain. Once hot, add cream cheese and stir until smooth. Remove from the heat. Stir in Parmesan, salt and pepper.

Spoon sauce equally into each spaghetti squash half. Gently pull up the spaghetti strands to coat as much as possible with the sauce. Top with extra Parmesan and place under the broiler of your oven for 2-3 minutes, or until golden and bubbly.

Top each half with a pinch of red pepper flakes and fresh chopped parsley, if desired. Eat up!

Skinny Spaghetti Squash Alfredo

One of my favorite parts about this dish (besides it being healthy AND delicious) was the lack of dishes I had to clean afterwards! It was amazing.

I’m heading down to Southern Utah this weekend to do some hiking and find the sunshine. I cannot wait! Wish me luck that I come back with a tan!

 

*Enjoy!

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