I discovered this Godsend in college. I struggle with meal-making decisions because I want something light but I want something that fills me. Normally an hour after a light meal I’m already hungry, and I end up snacking my face off until bedtime. Yeah, I know. The light meal was pointless if I am going to snack all night. )
But then my Mom came to the rescue with a fantastic recipe. It was fantastic in so many ways. Being young, I didn’t really know how to cook, but this recipe looked simple enough. It was fantastically inexpensive, which was great because I worked in the school library for pennies. And all in all, spaghetti squash is simply a fantastic vegetable. It has all the qualities of pasta without all the pasta. Make sense? You could fill up on this stuff, eat some more, then eat some more and there is no guilt. It’s light because it’s all veggie, but for some reason it fills you up for hours. No need to snack after this meal. I’m satisfied.
Feel free to add your favorite pasta fixings to this dish. It’s very versatile and super easy to make, and its bright contrasting colors make this particular recipe irresistible to the eye and to the mouth )
Spaghetti Squash with Red Bell Peppers and Basil
Serves 4 as main dish; serves 6-8 as side dish
1 large spaghetti squash
3 cups of veggie or chicken broth
1 cup sweet onion, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
Salt to taste (if broth is not overly salty)
Fresh basil, for garnish
Red pepper flakes (optional)
Poke several holes in the spaghetti squash.
Microwave for 10 minutes. Using an ovenmit to protect your hand, slice in half and allow to cool so that it’s manageable to touch.
Scoop and discard the seeds. Then using a fork, scrape the insides of the squash into a large skillet.
Add veggie broth and onion, and peppers to skillet.
Cook uncovered on medium-high until all of the broth is absorbed by the squash, about 10 minutes. Add desired amount of cheese, red pepper flakes and salt.
Upon serving add basil. The heat of the squash browns the basil quickly so make sure to add the basil immediately before serving!!