I love spaghetti squash. It is so versatile and the spaghetti-like stands are fun to eat. This healthy vegetable is transformed with the addition of sauteed tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and basil. It is delicious and so good for you. It is the perfect side, a great Meatless Monday dinner and vegetarian-friendly. Give it a try and I bet you will love it.
Ingredients for Spaghetti Squash with Sauteed Tomatoes and Parmesan Cheese:
serves 4 as a side
1 3-3 1/4 pound spaghetti squash
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
4-6 basil leaves, sliced
Time-Saving Tip: You can roast the spaghetti squash earlier in the day and then finish the recipe when you are ready to eat.
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The recipe will work with a spaghetti squash that weighs anywhere between 3 and 3 1/4 pounds. I rely on my Oxo Good Grips Stainless Steel Food Scale for all of my weighing needs in the kitchen. It's easy to use and has an 11-pound capacity. Click HERE for more information.
Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Carefully, cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. I like to hold it place with a few slightly bunched paper towels while cutting. I find my hand doesn't slip this way. Once the squash is cut scoop out the seeds and discard. Or if you're ambitious you can fish through the scraps, collect the seeds and roast them. I discard. Place the squash cut side down in a 13" x 9" glass baking dish. Then bake for about 45 minutes to an hour. You want to cook the squash until just tender. Once cooked, turn the two halves over to cool a bit. When they are cool enough to handle using a fork separate the squash into strands. Set aside.
Saute the garlic and olive oil on medium heat just until the garlic is fragrant. Then add the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Saute until some of the tomatoes start to burst. Toss in the spaghetti squash, until heated. Turn off the heat and add the cheese and the basil. If needed, add more salt and pepper.
It's ready! This is delicious. I can make a meal out of this spaghetti squash. And it is so easy to make. Give it a try and I am sure your and your family will love it.