Spaghetti squash is a tasty, low-carb option to use in place of pasta. I'm not gonna lie to you, it absolutely does not have the same flavor and consistency as pasta; it is, however, yummy and satisfying. You can mix it with leftover tomato sauce and top it with cheese to make a great low-carb meatless casserole. This is a nice Meatless Monday kind of main dish if you're trying to reduce your carb or animal protein intake or cook on a budget. And a big bonus for my family is that our young'uns like it and every serving provides them a couple of their daily servings of veggies as well as some calcium.
I don't have exact measurements to give you for this recipe. I used two fairly small spaghetti squash, a few cups of leftover tomato sauce, and enough grated Mozzarella cheese to cover the surface of the mixture, and cooked it in an 8-by-8 baking dish.
For the tomato sauce, here's a recipe for a quick and easy weeknight tomato sauce or use your favorite recipe.
There are several ways to prepare spaghetti squash. You can Google "how to cook spaghetti squash" for info about different prep methods. I chose the method where you cut the squash in half lengthwise before baking. This requires a very, very sharp chef's knife or cleaver and some muscle; having a strong hubby to hack through the squash for you is highly recommended (muchas gracias, mi amor!). After you cut the squash in half, scrape out the seeds and pulp. If you're patient, it's worth separating out the seeds to roast in the oven, just like pumpkin seeds. They're super-yummy!
Line a baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with nonstick spray. Put the squash halves cut side down on the foil and bake at 375 degrees until you can easily insert a fork right through the skins and the flesh, about 30 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a while, then use a fork to scrape the flesh from the squash. The flesh will shred into spaghetti-like strands as it's scraped.
|Shredded spaghetti squash|
Mix the squash and tomato sauce and put it in a greased casserole dish.
Cover with a nice, thick layer of grated Mozzarella.
Bake at 375 degrees until the casserole is hot and the cheese is ooey-gooey melted, 20 to 30 minutes.