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Spicy Spaghetti Squash with Cheese

Spicy Spaghetti Squash with Cheese

In honor of the longer days, I offer this gloriously orange-red, mildly spicy dish that gives pure pasta pleasure–without the pasta! Spaghetti squash is inexpensive, nourishing, and high in fiber, and it marries beautifully with this cheese-kissed sauce to make a colorful, low-carb meal rich in lycopene and anti-oxidants, so tasty that even kids will enjoy it.

INGREDIENTS

1 spaghetti squash (about 1 1/2 pounds. If you can only find a large one, just cook the whole thing and freeze half of it for a later use)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 or 2 hot chile peppers, diced (more or less, depending on how hot you like it)
1 or 2 pieces soy “bacon” (optional)
1 cup canned Italian plum tomatoes with their juice, pureed
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup freshly-grated Parmesan or Pecorino-Romano cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Trim the stem off the squash and split the squash in half lengthwise. Using a grapefruit or other sharp-edged spoon, scoop out the seeds. Place the squash halves facedown in a baking pan and add 1/2 inch of hot water. Cover securely with foil and bake 40 minutes.

2. Allow the squash to cool, then use a fork to scrape the pasta-like fibers into a bowl. Reserve.

3. In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil, then add garlic, chile, and soy “bacon,” if using. Cook for a few minutes until garlic is fragrant and “bacon” is slightly crisp.

4. Add tomatoes, lower the heat, and continue cooking about 20 minutes until the mixture thickens a bit. Add salt and pepper to taste.

5. Add the pre-cooked squash, stir thoroughly to combine, and cook about 5 minutes, until heated through. Serve hot.

Serves 8.

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By Cait Johnson, Assistant Producer of Care2's Healthy Living Content.

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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1:50PM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

thanks

7:20AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

3:34PM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

yum

9:10AM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

Thank you

7:50PM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

Thank you Cait!
Really looks good!!

12:35AM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

Yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

8:51PM PDT on May 8, 2011

Sounds good!

3:33PM PDT on Apr 11, 2011

I never heard of spaghetti squash, but sounds good!

7:55AM PDT on Aug 6, 2010

I have never heard of spaghetti squash. What is it?

6:25PM PDT on Jun 22, 2010

I love spaghetti squash, have been fixing it for years. Receipe sounds yummy. Thank you.

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