friends. If you are connected with me on my Facebook page , then you’ve had a sneak peak at what’s cooking in my kitchen
Get yerself a sketti squash, because trust me, you will want to make this!
I’ve eaten here many times and have tried many things on the menu. ALL fabulous.
Twice now, I’ve had friends order the spaghetti squash casserole, and both have raved about how good it was.
( truth be told, both friends offered me a bite, of which I accepted and wow! I just knew I had to make it at home)
I did a little research * puffy heart google* and voila! found the recipe!
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|1 spaghetti squash
2 large carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
Red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Pinch of ground allspice
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3/4 pound part-skim mozzarella
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheesenow since I’m home with a healing pup, I had to improvise the recipe just a littleI did not have the peppers, but I did find a sad little jalepeno in my crisper drawer, and we like it hot 😉 so I used that in place of the red and yellow peppers.
Start by cooking the squash. The recipe says to add entire squash into a big pot of water, bring to a boil for 50 minutes.
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Now, I usually cook squash in the oven but I was intrigued to try this method. So I did.
My only comment would be that cooking it in the oven it was easier to separate the seeds from the flesh, but over, I would cook the squash either way.
while the squash is cooking ( whichever way your little heart desired) Chop up your veggies
Add a small amount of olive oil to a pan ( I’m a die hard believer in cast iron.. I’ll explain why if ya wants to know 😉 )
add the onions and carrots to hot oil, season with a bit of salt and cook for 5 min
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next, I added the the pepper and celery with a dash of red pepper flakes
allow to saute for about 10 minutes, until veggies were soft. Taste for salt, if it needs a little more, go ahead and knock your self out 😉
* I kept adding little bits of water throughout so that the veggies didn’t dry out and stick while softening.. maybe 2 tablespoons at a time each time I stirred it ? )
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If you have a press, by all means use it
add the crushed tomatoes m sprinkle of allspice (the secret ingredient, we discovered) , the garlic.
now you may have noticed the dish of roasted tomatoes. I had some maters that were to ripe to eat raw, so I roasted them like I did when I made my
I added these sweet babies in addition to the crushed tomatoes
I also added a sprig of rosemary.
I hate to follow directions 😉
and btw~ this smelled heavenly
Next I used a pair of tongs to remove squash from boiling water ( CAREFULLY) and place on a cutting board until cool enough to cut
add to tomato mixture and stir
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Now full disclosure… since I was cooking this for just Scott and myself, I spooned out half of the tomato mixture and reserved for another recipe ( veggie chili, perhaps? ) and only used half of the spaghetti squash itself. Had I known I could have halved the recipe, but being my first time making it, I wasn’t thinking.
next, layer 1/2 the squash mixture in baking dishes , add 1/2 the cheese, the rest of the squash mixture, and top with remaining cheese
guess which one was mine 😉
As far as the cheese goes, I used shredded because I had it and on Sunday when I played around with
SMOKED TOFU, I smoked a few mozzarella balls as well ( just curious how it would come out) so I cut those up and topped our dishes with a bit of that crazy cheese flavor.
I baked it in a 350 over for about 20 minutes, topped with shredded basil and a tiny drizzle of olive oil
do I have your attention yet?
yeeeeeaaah… this was pretty awesome. and healthy? CRAZY healthy!
If you would like to make this vegan, substitute Daiya cheese. simple!
My friend, Cindy stopped by yesterday to visit with me and brought me lunch. From where? True food of course!
I had the edamame dumplings and they were incredible. Together we disected the taste and came up with what we think would be a good recipe.
Thank you, Cindy, for lunch and the company 😉
My next immediate project is making Frozen Pup treats or Home made Peanut butter biscuits With all of the treats I’ve been given Fen, I’m starting to run low and need to last until the weekend when Scott is home
My sweet girl ❤
Congrats, friends.. you’ve almost made it through humpday!