Sunday, February 17, 2013

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash

adapted from:  Skinnytaste

Ok, so I looked at this recipe and then made a lazy version with different veg that I needed to use up from the CSA box.  So, basically I just baked one med-size spaghetti squash, scooped out the strand, put that in a bowl.  Then I chopped up some portobello caps and roasted those in the oven, and then added that to the squash.  Then I made a cheese sauce - didn't measure, just roux, milk, shredded cheese, pinch of aleppo pepper, a couple of twists of TJ's spice blend with sea salt, black pepper, onion and garlic.  Then I chopped up some baby swiss chard, threw it into the cheese sauce to wilt for a few minutes, and then I added the cheese sauce to the squash and mushrooms, and stirred the whole thing together.  That's where I stopped, but the original calls for baking the whole thing with some parmesan on top.  I'm sure that's even more delicious, but I didn't have the time or energy for that.  Anyway, here's the original recipe below, which is probably better than mine, but my version works, too. 

  • 5 1/2 cups cooked spaghetti squash (from about 2 small)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup flour (use 2 tbsp corn starch for gf)
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup fat free chicken broth (vegetable broth for vegetarian)
  • 8 oz Sargento 2% reduced fat mild cheddar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups (about 4 oz) baby spinach
  • 1/8 cup grated parmesan

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
Cut the squash in half lengthwise; remove and discard seeds. Place squash on a baking sheet. Bake until tender, about 1 hour. Separate the strands of squash with a fork and place in a medium bowl; discard shells. Maintain the oven temperature.
Heat butter and oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook about 2 minutes. Stir in flour. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring continually 3 - 4 minutes.Add milk and chicken broth and continue whisking, raising heat to medium-high until it comes to a boil and becomes smooth and thick, about 2 minutes stirring; season with salt and pepper.
Once it becomes thick, remove from heat, add cheddar cheese and mix well until cheese is melted. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, add cooked spaghetti squash and baby spinach, pour into a baking dish and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Bake until bubbly and golden 25 to 30 minutes.Makes 7 cups.

1 comment:

gwen said...

That sounds sort of ridiculously good. I want to eat it right now.