Garlic Parmesan Spinach Spaghetti Squash


Looking for a healthy fun alternative to pasta that the whole family will enjoy? Dress up a spaghetti squash with aromatic garlic and leafy greens topped with a creamy cheese sauce – YUMM! Serve as is or add your favorite protein on the side. I always keep a rotisserie chicken in my refrigerator for meals like this, especially when we are on the run.

Servings: 2-4

Ingredients

• 1 medium spaghetti squash.
• 2 tbsp. minced garlic.
• 1 tsp. olive oil.
• 5 oz. fresh spinach, chopped.
• ½ cup cream.
• ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese.
• ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese (for topping).
• Salt and pepper to taste.

Directions

1 – Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

2 – Wipe off with warm water. Then pierce 5-6 slits with a knife and place in microwave for 3-5 minutes.

2 – Slice squash in half and scoop out seeds.

3 – Place both halves (cut side up) and rub with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Turn squash face-down, place on a rimmed baking dish and roast for approximately 40 minutes or until tender and easily pierces with a fork.

4 – While the squash is roasting, make the sauce.

5 – In a skillet on medium-high heat, drizzle olive oil and add garlic. Add chopped spinach and stir until wilted.

6 – Add cream and parmesan cheese and stir well. Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.

7 – Once the squash is done roasting, use an oven mitt to turn both sides face up. Take a fork and separate the strands to create the ‘noodle effect.’

8 – Pour sauce over each half and mix with spaghetti strands. Top with mozzarella cheese and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. For a golden cheesy topping, flip oven to broil just until the cheese is lightly browned. Enjoy!

Notes:Feel free to substitute kale or other leafy greens instead of spinach. If this is your whole meal, a serving is equal to one half of squash. If adding a protein, 1 serving is equal to ¼ squash.

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