Pintried: Spaghetti Squash and Veggie Marinara
Have you ever thought about adding a vegetarian night to your meat routine but have some picky eaters in your house? Then this is the recipe for you. Pintried and PinFabulicious! Even my hardest critic, my meat loving southern raised father, thought it was divine! I would say quick and easy. However, the cook time on the squash does take some time. I think you'll find it is worth the wait.
1.) One Spaghetti Squash
(and here's the great part...whatever else is in your pantry or fridge!)
Here is what I added:
2.) 1-2 cans tomatoes drained (I like two but my husband likes one!)
3.) 1 package fresh mushrooms or 1 can
4.) 1 can black olives
5.) 1 onion sliced (Leave it out if you want to. I did for my friend who can't do onions and it was just as tasty)
6.) 1 can black beans rinsed... if you want the protein
7.) 1 small yellow summer squash
8.) get creative...corn, garlic, peppers, zucchini (I've tried it all in a pinch and it's all good!)
9.) grand finale... parmesan cheese if you do dairy
Preheat oven to 350, cut spaghetti squash in half the long ways, place in greased (olive oil) casserole dish and cook for 45 minutes to one hour. You should be able to easily push a fork easily through the skin when it is done. Once you remove the squash halves from the oven, gently take your fork and scrape out the seeds. After you remove the seeds use your fork to fluff the "noodles" out of the squash. Meanwhile sauté the onions, add other veggies and allow to simmer. Add salt, pepper and other seasoning to taste. I like Italian seasoning. Viola, you are done! Below is a picture of my most recent marinara. I would have taken a picture to post of the meal put together but we were starving and ate it all!
PS Keep in mind, this is not pasta, its squash! Spaghetti Squash has gotten a lot of bad publicity by people claiming it doesn't really taste like spaghetti. It's not supposed to, but keep an open mind and you'll love it. (or you can always just trick your guests like I did my dad and refuse to tell him what's in it until after he tried it)
Post a comment below and let us know how it worked for you!