twice baked spinach spaghetti squash

September 29, 2015 by Angie

I cooked and ate spaghetti squash for the first time last week. I’ve never met a squash I didn’t like so I’m not surprised that I really loved this. I used this twice baked kale spaghetti squash recipe from Food52 as a guide.

a savory bite

Serves two people as an entree.

Ingredients

1 medium spaghetti squash
olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
minced garlic, about a teaspoon
yellow onion, diced
a bag of fresh spinach, stems removed
1/2 to 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
red pepper flakes, to taste

twice baked spaghetti squash

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Wash the spaghetti squash and then cut the top off of it so you can put it down without it rolling all over the place.
3. Use your most serious knife to cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise.
4. Scoop the seeds and pulpy stuff out of each half. Try to leave the part under that intact.
5. Drizzle olive oil over the insides of the squash. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the squash halves facedown on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes until the inside of the squash has softened and there are some browning, crystalizing parts.
6. While the squash is baking, chop the yellow onion. De-stem the spinach leaves.
7. Heat a pan with some olive oil in it. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic. Sauté until the onions are softened. Add the spinach leaves and cook until they have wilted. Set the vegetable mixture aside.
8. When the squash looks ready, take it out of the oven, but leave the oven on. Heck, crank it up to 425 degrees.
9. Using a spoon, scrape out the insides of the squash halves. It will look like spaghetti!
10. Transfer the spaghetti looking insides and the vegetable mixture to a large bowl.
11. Add the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and red pepper flakes to taste. Stir to combine.
12. Spoon the mixture back into the squash shell halves. Sprinkle the tops with a little more parmesan cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes on 425 or until the cheese is melted and starts to brown a little.

they are twins!


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