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light and delicious spaghetti squash

(17 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Julia McGinnis
Orange County, CA

Last year I was introduced to spaghetti squash, and I was amazed by its versatility! This simple dish converted me (and my teenage niece and nephew) in the first bite. 120 calories per serving. Another guilt-free pleasure. I can eat it alone, but I usually pair with grilled chicken or fish for protein.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

A tasty, light meal that's super easy to throw together. Cooking spaghetti squash in the microwave makes things simple. If you use the recommended amount of garlic, there is plenty of flavor. Add salt and pepper, to taste, for more seasoning. Tomato and spinach add mild flavor and nice color. Once the spaghetti squash is out of the microwave, we let it cool for 45 minutes, discarded the seeds, and shredded with a fork. An easy method we'll use again. Serve with a protein or on its own.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(17 ratings)
yield 2 -3
prep time 20 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For light and delicious spaghetti squash

  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 6 clove
    minced garlic
  • 1 lg
  • 4 c
    baby spinach
  • 2 c
    spaghetti squash
  • 2 dash
    salt and pepper

How To Make light and delicious spaghetti squash

  • Cooking spaghetti squash in the microwave.
    To cook spaghetti squash quickly, make several holes in the squash using a fork, then pop it in the microwave for about 10-12 minutes (about 4-5 minutes a pound). Allow to cool.
  • Shredded spaghetti squash in a bowl.
    Once cool enough to handle, cut lengthwise and discard the seeds. Using a fork, scrape out contents (it will be stringy) into a bowl and set aside.
  • Garlic browning in a skillet.
    In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until just turning brown.
  • Tomato and salt added to the skillet.
    Add the tomato. Sprinkle with a bit of salt.
  • Spinach added to the skillet.
    Top with the spinach leaves and cover for about 2 minutes. The spinach will cook and reduce down.
  • Spaghetti squash added and everything mixed together.
    Uncover. Break up the spinach with a wooden spoon. It will start to clump together once cooked. Add the spaghetti squash a little at a time and stir in. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Topping with parsley.
    Add parsley as a nice garnish and serve!