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Spaghetti squash with mushrooms parmesan

 Spaghetti squash with mushrooms and parmesan

Spaghetti squash with mushrooms and parmesan

For a while there, a slew of spaghetti squash recipes made appearances on Pinterest and some of my favorite food blogs, all looking beautiful and mouthwatering. I was curious but never attempted to cook it because it looked too elaborate. I was comfortable in my butternut squash zone and secretly believed other gourd family members wouldn’t taste as good or be as easy to prepare. But a couple of weeks ago, I saw a recipe on steamy kitchen with step by step photos showing how easy making spaghetti squash can be and that was enough to convince me to give it a try (thank you Jaden!)

I’ve adapted the recipe by adding a few more ingredients and omitting the butter (to keep it a little lighter.) The flavors are savory and very earthy, almost like a mushroom risotto but instead of creamy grains of rice are beautiful golden strings still yielding a crunch and served in a rustic style preparation.

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Baking and scraping the spaghetti squash couldn’t have been easier! I’ll admit to previously hacking cutting squash into pieces before throwing them on a sheet tray, making the whole experience much more tiring than it needs to be. Well, never again as the secret is out; bake THEN cut to avoid slicing through a hard and waxy exterior!

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Spaghetti squash may be very low in calories but it’s actually quite filling! Especially when prepared with meaty mushrooms and a good dose of parmesan cheese. It’s a side dish that’s a little heavy so I would recommend serving it with a light pasta (like spaghetti vongole), a simple meat dish (burger Lyonnaise) or just soup (French onion soup with miso) and sandwiches

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I’m certainly glad I’ve given spaghetti squash a try since it’s absolutely delicious! The flavors are milder and not as sweet as butternut squash, which makes a great vehicle for ingredients that are more savory and umami based. It’s a wonderful addition to the menu!

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Spaghetti Squash With Mushrooms And Parmesan
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Vegetarian
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 small spaghetti squash (about 3lbs)
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups button mushrooms, roughly chopped (about 20 mushrooms, 8oz)
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. - Preheat oven to 380Fº
  2. - In a deep skillet (or large pan), add olive oil, garlic and thyme. Cook for 2 minutes over high heat and add mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms are golden brown. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  3. - Put the spaghetti squash on a baking tray and bake for about an hour, until squash can be pierced with a knife.
  4. - Take squash out of the oven and let cool to room temperature. Cut in half and get rid of the seeds. Use a fork to scrape the squash into strings.
  5. - Add squash to the skillet (or pan), turn the heat to high and quickly fry with mushrooms. Sprinkle parmesan while sauteing for a minute.
  6. - Turn the heat off, season with salt and pepper and serve warm.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 Calories: 99 Saturated fat: 2g Unsaturated fat: 6g Trans fat: 0g

 

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  1. Melissa Mae says

    I just made this and served it with baked flounder. I was a little unsure how it would be received because my husband isn’t a big fan of spaghetti squash or mushrooms but he really liked it and said the two dishes made a great combination.
    I printed it and will make it again! Yum
    Thanks

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