The Skinny on… Spaghetti Squash

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The spaghetti squash is often overlooked. Uncooked, it looks the same as any other of its squash kin. But cook it and you have a delicious, healthy pasta dish made of the vegetable alone. How, you ask? When you cook spaghetti squash, its flesh becomes stringy and is extracted from the vegetable like strands of spaghetti. Pair it with your favorite pasta sauce and mix-ins or make a delicious casserole. Your kids will hardly know the difference! Below is my favorite spaghetti squash home recipe that is a must-try. 

Spaghetti Squash & Jalapeño Casserole Recipe

Serves: About 7
Prep Time: 45 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

• 1 2.5lb.  spaghetti squash,
cut in half and seeded
• 11/2 cup 1% milk
• 1/4 cup light cream
• 2 cloves minced garlic
• 1/2 shallot, finely chopped
• 1 tbsp. butter

• 1 jalapeño, chopped
and seeded
• 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
• 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1/3 cup bread crumbs
• Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

1) Grease a 2 to 3 quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

2) Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place spaghetti squash flesh side down in a glass baking dish. Fill the dish up half way with water. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until squash is soft to the touch. Let cool.

3) When squash has cooled, use a fork to remove the spaghetti like strands. Place in a large mixing bowl.

4) Meanwhile, heat butter in a medium size pan over medium high heat. Add shallots and garlic and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

5) In another large saucepan, heat milk, cream and chopped jalapeños in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 5 minutes, or until mixture is fragrant and thickening. Add in spaghetti squash and shallots and garlic, mix well to cover in the milk mixture. Add salt and pepper.
Let cook another 2 to 3 minutes. Then, add cheese, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well to mix.

6) Pour spaghetti squash mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top with bread crumbs, jalapeños and salt and pepper. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until bubbly and top is goldenbrown.

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