Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pesto Spaghetti Squash

Truthfully, I have always loved the idea of spaghetti squash in place of pasta but the one time I made it, it was kinda gross. I microwaved the squash and it was watery and the sauce I made sucked...overall not good! But my good friend Jenn always makes really good dishes with spaghetti squash and my husband had told me he actually likes spaghetti squash (the only squash he likes) so I was game to try it again.  This time I cooked the squash in the oven and skipped making my own sauce (one thing at a time!).  And the result? fabulous! My somewhat vegetable adverse husband went back for thirds!  This is a quick, healthy meal you can throw together in no time.  Add some chicken (I did balsamic chicken - recipe to follow) and some steamed broccoli and we had a complete, healthy meal in minutes.

Pesto Spaghetti Squash
1 Large Spaghetti Squash
2 tbsp olive oil
Sprinkle of garlic salt
1/4 cup of Classico Basil Pesto Sauce

Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds.  Rub 1tbsp of olive oil on each side of the squash (the flesh side, not the skin) and sprinkle with garlic salt.  Place flesh side down in a 400 degree oven for 40 minutes.  After 40 minutes, flip the squash and cook a few minutes longer until tender.  Let the squash cool and then using a fork, shred the squash out out of the skin (making "spaghetti strands").

Add the spaghetti squash strands to a medium heat pan and then add the pesto sauce, cook for a few minutes to re-heat and remove excess moisture from the squash.  Enjoy!

I think cooking it the second time is a big reason why I didn't find it a watery mess this time!  You don't have to do that, you could carefully shred it while still hot and enjoy right away but I think the extra step of re-heating in a pan really made the dish!

Nutritional Info: (makes 4 servings)
Calories - 161
Total Fat - 13g
Sodium - 310mg
Potassium - 272mg
Total Carbs - 16g
Dietary Fiber - 3.2g
Sugars - 6.5g
Protein - 2.2g

Let me know what you think! Share your spaghetti squash recipes!


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