Marinara Spaghetti Squash

Source: She Wears Many Hats

Food Fact

Craving pasta but not the carbs? Spaghetti squash is an easy and delicious alternative that’s low in calories, fat and sodium while providing important nutrients like vitamin C and fiber. Spaghetti squash is considered a winter squash, like pumpkins, because it’s harvested in the fall, and the hard, sturdy rind makes it easy to store for use throughout the winter.

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  •  1 whole spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise
  •  1-1/2 cups marinara sauce
  •  2 cloves garlic
  •  Salt and pepper to taste
  •  1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Directions

  1. Scrape seeds out of squash with a spoon. Place squash cut side down in a microwave-safe baking dish. Fill baking dish with 1/2-1 inch of water.

  2. Microwave on high for about 15 minutes, or until you can easily pierce the squash with a fork. Cooking times may need to be adjusted depending on the size of the squash and the power of the microwave being used.

  3. Meanwhile, bring sauce to a simmer in a skillet or sauté pan. Grate garlic directly in sauce and stir to combine. Taste sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Adjust heat to low.

  4. Once squash is done, allow to cool until able to handle, about 15 minutes.

  5. Use a fork to scrape out the spaghetti-like strands and place in colander. Allow to drain a bit. Add spaghetti strands to warm sauce in pan and toss to coat. Add grated parmesan and toss to combine.

  6. Optional: Garnish with additional Parmesan, chopped fresh Italian parsley and/or basil.