Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Alfredo Spaghetti Squash





I was expecting a lot of resistance from my kids when I served this dish, but happily they were on board. They ate it and remarked several times how much they enjoyed it. Success! This would be great alongside a chicken breast. I also plan on adding sauteed mushrooms for next time to add a bit of flavor and bite.

Next up for spaghetti squash will be to make our usual spaghetti sauce, which we make by sauteing diced red bell peppers, diced onions (red or yellow) and sliced mushrooms. Add to that sweet Italian sausage and it is a delicious dinner.




Spaghetti Squash Alfredo
Makes about 6 servings

Ingredients:
  • 1 medium-sized spaghetti squash
  • 1 jar Alfredo sauce (or use your favorite alfredo sauce recipe)
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • Garnish: dried or fresh parsley, or any other herbs you prefer
  • For next time: I will add sauteed mushrooms
Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350-f degrees. Prepare the squash by cutting in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and place cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet covered with water.  Bake until tender, about an hour. (I had to add a bit of water half way through as it had evaporated)

2. Once squash is cooked, use a fork to gently scrape the squash strands away from the skin, being gentle so the skin doesn't tear. Place in a mixing bowl and combine with the alfredo sauce. Add the coated spaghetti squash back into the skins.

3. Top with shredded mozzarella, Parmesan and herbs. Broil for a few minutes until lightly browned. Serve warm.

Adapted from Feeding Mr. Picky.

10 comments:

  1. We love to saute mushrooms and onions, when they are nearly done add a large amount of baby spinach and a jar of spaghetti sauce to pour over the shredded squash.

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  2. I just turned my hubby onto Spaghetti Squash and he's a huge fan now. I have to try this! Thanks.

    Lori

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  3. Looks great! How does this reheat for leftovers?

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  4. This may be a silly question but when you say " place cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet covered with water" does that mean to put water on the baking sheet? Should I just place them down and then pour some water on? Sorry. I know sometimes, like with ramekins you would place them in a "bath". I just want to make sure I know what's happening lol. Attempting this in the next 10 minutes.

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    1. I don't know if it matters if you place the squash down first or add the water first. If I had to choose, I'd go with adding the water first then place the squash down over it. You want it to stay nice and hydrated while it bakes.

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  5. Ali, It's early in the morning and you have me so hungry and drooling over these awesome looking dishes of yours!! I pinned several to my pinterest Recipe/Food Board .
    Kim
    http://www.thisolemom.com

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  6. Does the squash need to be completely submerged in the water? That process has been very confused.

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    1. No you just need to put maybe a half inch of water in the pan. I use a 9x13 dish. If I notice the water has evaporated during cooking and the squash isnt done yet, I add a bit more water.

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