Margherita Spaghetti Squash

If you are craving pasta or any type of noodle, but need to be eating vegetables, the spaghetti squash is your way of getting 2 in 1!  This recipe is a favorite at our house.  It’s a good way to feel like an Italian feast at your house.  Spaghetti squash is easy to bake so not a lot of ingredients are needed.  You can dress it up anyway you’d like.  The recipe used here is typical of what we do at our house:

Ingredients:

1 large Spaghetti Squash

1 TBS Olive Oil

1 Tomato, diced

Italian Seasoning

Shredded Parmesan Cheese

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Cut the top off of the spaghetti squash.  squash 1

 

Then split the squash in half length wise.  You’ll need to scoop the seeds out of the squash before baking it.

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Once you’ve done that, place in a Pyrex dish, or any other oven safe pan.  Drizzle the olive oil inside the spaghetti squash.

squash 3

Before placing the dish in the oven to bake, you need to flip over the squash, so it’ll cook flat side down.

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Set the timer for 40 minutes.  After your time is up, take the squash out of the oven.  Flip it back over, and with a fork, string apart horizontally the strands of the squash.  It should be effortless.  If it’s still a little tough, stick it back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes depending on toughness.  Once the squash has been stringed apart, leave it inside the shell for the next few steps.  Add in your diced tomato, Italian seasoning, and a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan cheese.  Put the squash back in the oven for another 5 minutes to let the cheese melt and to warm up the tomatoes.  When time is up, take it out and let it rest for a few minutes to cool.

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Take as much as you’d like for your meal.  To complete the meal, I make turkey meatballs so it’s a full on Italian dish that follows Eat by Color.  Enjoy!

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