[faking it]

Spaghetti squash. It looks the part and actually tastes like the real thing. Truly.

I had my doubts but I’m 100% converted. Spaghetti squash is a delicious low-carb [and nutrient rich] alternative to pasta. A little nutty, a little sweet, it is a wonderful substitute for pasta in any dish. I tossed mine with some veggies and fresh basil but I bet it would also be good with spicy Italian sausage or in a pesto sauce.

Spaghetti Squash with Portobello Mushrooms, Basil & Tomato

  • 1 spaghetti squash, cut in half
  • dash of sea salt
  • dash of black pepper
  • dash of garlic powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 red onion, minced
  • 1/2 portabella mushroom cap, sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered [i used an orange colored variety. they taste the same but add a cool pop of orange to the dish]
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • parmesan cheese
  • extra virgin olive oil [to coat pan]

Preheat oven to 375F. Grease baking sheet and place sliced spaghetti squash cut side down on baking sheet. Roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until sharp knife is inserted with little resistance. Set aside squash until cool enough to handle.

While squash is baking, drizzle olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Season garlic, onion, mushrooms, tomatoes and basil with sea salt, pepper and garlic powder and add to pan. Cook for 5-8 minutes, until tomatoes appear blistered and onions are translucent.

Take one half of the squash and scoop out the inside. Discard seeds [or save them and roast them separately... they taste like pumpkin seeds]. Note the freaky resemblance to spaghetti. Add to bowl and top with parmesan and a dash of salt and pepper. Pour vegetables over top the squash and enjoy [save the other half of your squash for another meal... or double the rest of the ingredients & serve it all at once]!





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  1. Looks very interesting…

    Not sure what to make of it. I’ll take your word that it is delicious.
    It does look really cool and colorful. Almost like candy.

    Ahhh… Candy Spaghetti. What kid wouldn’t love that.
    Make mine a double.


    1. Candy spaghetti would be yummy but this is seriously good!!! It really does taste so much like regular spaghetti. : )


  2. I made it Elizabeth!!! I made it tonight and it was delicious!! I didn’t have any tomatoes though, and by the time I realized, the grocery store was closed, but that’s ok, I’ll remember them next time! I am for sure going to be making this again! it was easy and so good! :) you make cooking seem so easy. i love that. :)


    1. Yaaaay! You just made my day Kate! :) I’m so so so so so thrilled you tried this and found out how yummy it is! I’m sure you’re an amazing cook and please pass any yummy recipes you find to me. Isn’t cooking fun?? And also, isn’t it crazy how noodly the squash is as you scoop it out? Love it. :)


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