This one is for all my gluten free and vegetarian friends…an easy and very flavorful side dish, or even as a main meal.
Spaghetti squash (also called vegetable spaghetti, noodle squash, vegetable marrow, spaghetti marrow, and squaghetti) is a group of cultivars of Cucurbita pepo subsp. pepo. The fruit can range either from ivory to yellow or orange in color. The orange varieties have a higher carotene content. Its center contains many large seeds. Its flesh is bright yellow or orange. When raw, the flesh is solid and similar to other raw squash; when cooked, the flesh falls away from the fruit in ribbons or strands like spaghetti.
You will need:
1 2lb. spaghetti squash
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus additional oil for drizzling over squash
½ onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt & freshly ground black pepper
red pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
¼ cup parmesan cheese
1 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes, strained & rinsed
2 tablespoons Panko Breadcrumbs
Using a sharp knife, cut the squash in half, lengthwise, scoop out and discard the seeds from center of the squash. Place squash cut side down in a microwavable pan. Add 1 inch of water to the pan. Cover the squash with plastic wrap, microwave for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. When oil is hot add chopped onion, garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes (to taste), cook over medium low heat until onion is soft, about 5 minutes.
When cooked, remove squash from microwave. Place squash on a cutting board; use a fork to remove the strands of the “spaghetti” squash, place in a mixing bowl.
Add chopped parsley, basil, parmesan cheese, tomatoes, salt and freshly ground black pepper to spaghetti squash. Mix until combined. Fill each squash skin with mixture, divided evenly.
Top each half with 1 tablespoon Panko bread crumbs. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil (if desired). Place squash in a preheated 350° oven, bake for 15-20 minutes or until squash is golden brown. Buon Appetito!!!