Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Baked Squash Spaghetti

Who would've thought that squash could imitate spaghetti? Not me, that's for sure.

I bought this huge squash for some soup a couple of weeks ago and really needed to use it. I ran across this recipe for squash spaghetti and had all the ingredients at home. So I cooked away and it resulted in quite a tasty meal! AND completely guilt free! (Unless you add cheese... like me!)

I also only took one picture with my iPhone because I wasn't sure how this would turn out. However, I'll definitely be making it again. The boyfriend LOVED it!

Not the best picture but definitely a good dish!

Baked Squash Spaghetti

1 medium-sized squash
2 small-medium chicken breasts, thawed
Garlic powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
Marinara sauce (recipe below, use entire recipe)
1 c. Parmesan cheese (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut squash in half, remove guts and seeds. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for one hour, or until the skin is soft and gives in easily when pressed.

(If you want to use the much quicker microwave method, prep the squash as necessary and place in the microwave for 14 minutes, or until the skin is soft and gives in easily when pressed.)

2. While the squash is roasting, season the chicken with garlic powder, oregano and salt and pepper. Grill until fully cooked (you can use a skillet, a grill, or a George Foreman). Cut into diagonal strips.

3. Once the squash is fully cooked, fluff the meat with a fork. This creates spaghetti like squash-pasta! Take all the meat out of the shells.

4. Take half of the squash meat and place in an oven safe dish, pour half of the marinara sauce on top. Place the chicken strips on top of the sauce. Cover the chicken with the rest of the spaghetti, then top off with the rest of the marinara sauce and cover with cheese.

5. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes or until cheese is fully melted. Enjoy!

Marinara Sauce

Olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
20 oz. of diced tomatoes (I think about 2 cans)
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Place olive oil in a sauce pan and saute the garlic gloves until golden.
2. Pour in tomatoes and heat until simmering.
3. Add in herbs to taste (I would say approx. 1 tsp+ each of oregano and basil)
4. Let simmer while cooking the rest of your meal, it will make a nice thick saucy consistency.

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