A Delizioso Fall Favorite!

November 19, 2012

Hello again from the Cucina!  We have been having some scrumptious fall vegetable creations that will make your mouth water!  Always having been a fan of squash, the Chef has searched the net for flavorful ways to include it in his Italian recipe collection.  And this is what he came up with!  As with all chefs, he’s never quite satisfied with one recipe.  So, he whipped and shaped and molded the ones he’s tried, and voila!  This is his latest seasonal delight.  Mange and Enjoy!

Baked Italian Spaghetti Squash

 

A generous portion of cooked squash in baking dish.

1- large spaghetti squash

2-4 second olive oil spray

¼ – cup chopped green bell pepper

¼ – cup chopped onion

½ – clove garlic, minced

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes (drained)

1/2-cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

1 tablespoon minced basil

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 

1 – pint of homemade (or store bought) tomato sauce

Tomato, Pepper, Basil Topping

Directions: 

1. Cut the squash in half and remove seeds. Place the squash in a steamer and cook covered about 25 minutes until tender. Remove and allow the squash to cool, then use a fork and scrap the squash pulp from the shells in strands. Set aside.

2. In a sauté pan over medium heat, cook bell pepper, onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add the tomatoes, pepper and basil to the pan and simmer for an additional two minutes. Drain the topping on a plate covered with paper towel to remove excess liquid.

3. Heat the sauce in a pan.

4. Assemble the dishes in ovenproof dishes. Place a generous portion of the cooked squash in each oil-sprayed plate. Top the squash, with the pepper, onion and tomato mixture. Smother each plate of squash with tomato sauce and 1/4-cup of mozzarella chesse.

5. Cover the plates with foil and place on a cookie sheet.

Top them off!

6. Bake 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese (optional).

Serves 2- WW Plus Points: 2 points per serving

Make ahead: Steps 1 and 2 can be prepared and refrigerated the day prior.

The sauce is soupy, kind of like my dad likes his, and makes for a nice, warm fall dinner delight!

We hope you enjoy it and that you will send us your comments!

Buon Appetito!

The Chef and Me!

…cover and put into the oven!

Add cheese…

Enjoy!