minimalist spaghetti squash

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I baked a spaghetti squash for our lunch a few days ago and it was so good! I made up a batch of baby bella marinara to pour over the top, but then I watched THIS VIDEO to make sure I was cooking it right, and got hooked on the idea of a more minimalist approach to embellishments. We topped it with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. It was YUMMY!

Here’s the recipe for the marinara if you want to try it that way too…

~ baby bella marinara ~

3 Tablespoons olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, washed and sliced

1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

2 large cloves garlic, minced

1 cup red wine

26 oz. marinara

12 oz. tomato paste

1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

Saute onion and bell peppers in the olive oil until tender. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook until heated through and somewhat reduced. Serve on pasta or spaghetti squash. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, a drizzle of truffle oil and a few kalamata olives.



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  6 comments for “minimalist spaghetti squash

  1. Kimber
    March 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    OMG yummmmmm!! Another fabulous sounding recipe!

    • Melissa
      March 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      I was so surprised at how darn good this was. Jeff even liked it. He ate it 3 days in a row for lunch…and he doesn’t even like squash! 🙂

  2. March 13, 2012 at 7:45 am

    i love squash but have always been uncertain about the tastiest ways to make spaghetti squash. I WILL be serving this to my family in the near future! THe simple version just looks so beautiful and tasty! Thank you for sharing!

    • Melissa
      March 13, 2012 at 8:14 am

      I like this version because it showcases the natural flavor of the squash. it seems like putting marinara on it (to me) is trying to make it something it’s not (pasta.) I don’t think spaghetti squash tastes like pasta. It tastes like squash. 🙂 I like this minimalist approach the best. enjoy! 🙂 xoxo

  3. March 13, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Exactly! That’s why I think people are disappointed in meatless burgers and other products – they think it will taste like a hamburger! Not having that expectation upon probably my third try of spaghetti squash, I really enjoyed it.

    • Melissa
      March 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

      YUP! and like carob! I love carob. Not as a chocolate substitute 🙂 I like it for what it is!

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