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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

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Spaghetti squash is a variety of winter squash. This distinctive squash has a mild flavor, making it ideal as both a main dish or a side dish. After cooking spaghetti squash, it separates into fine strands that resemble spaghetti pasta.

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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash
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Ingredients

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 minced garlic cloves, separated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 pound ground lamb
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions

  1. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise with a sharp knife. Scrape out the seeds and discard them.
  2. Brush the cut sides of the spaghetti squash with the olive oil. Place the squash halves on a shallow baking sheet. Sprinkle 1 clove of minced garlic evenly over the surfaces. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Turn the squash halves over on the baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Bake the spaghetti squash for 30 to 40 minutes or until the squash flesh is tender when pierced with a fork.
  5. Allow the spaghetti squash to cool for about 10 minutes to enable handling.
  6. Use a fork to gently scrape out the squash strands, transferring them to a shallow baking dish.
  7. Place the lamb, remaining garlic clove and the onion in a medium skillet. Cook and stir the ingredients over medium-high heat until the meat is no longer pink and the onions are translucent.
  8. Add the spaghetti sauce to the cooked meat, garlic and onion, stirring well to incorporate.
  9. Pour the meat sauce over the top of the spaghetti squash. Sprinkle the cheese over the meat sauce.
  10. Broil the spaghetti squash briefly, not more than five minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and golden.
  11. Serve immediately.

Serves two to four

Spaghetti squash is a popular substitute for traditional pasta, especially for people who are trying to reduce or eliminate grains in their diets. Spaghetti squash contains folate, niacin and riboflavin, which help with cell function. Spaghetti squash is also a good source of potassium and omega-3 fats.

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