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SANDRA’S ITALIAN PESTO SPAGHETTI SQUASH

The strands of squash resemble spaghetti noodles,
which makes a healthy and tasty substitute for pasta...
Servings: 4
Prep : 15 Minutes |
Cook: 15 Minutes
--(longer for larger spaghetti squash)

Posted by: Sandra

INGREDIENTS

1 (1.5 lb.) spaghetti squash
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 red onion, julienned
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 ripe roma tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup jarred marinated and quartered artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
6 kalamata olives, quartered lengthwise
2 tablespoons jarred roasted red bell peppers, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons prepared basil pesto
½ teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons feta cheese crumbles

METHOD

Pulp resembles spaghetti
Pierce squash with a paring knife (leave whole). Place on paper towel lined plate in microwave, and cook on high for 10 minutes, until squash is soft. Let stand 10 minutes to cool.




Amount  that a 2.5#
 squash yields
Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until tender. Add garlic, red pepper flakes, and saute for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, artichokes, kalamata olives, and roasted bell peppers; cook only until tomatoes are warm.  Cut the squash in half lengthwise, and use a large spoon to scoop out the pulp.  Add the pulp, basil pesto, lemon juice to skillet, and toss with tongs to incorporate with vegetables and to warm through.  Pour into serving dish, top with feta cheese crumbles, and serve warm. – Enjoy!

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Tip:  A very stress-free recipe to prepare, as you can prep all your other ingredients while the spaghetti squash microwaves.

1 comment:

sandra said...

Since I'm on an Italian cooking kick and had all the ingredients on hand, it inspired to create this dish using my beautiful 1.5 lb. spaghetti squash ;)

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