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Spaghetti Squash in Tomato Sauce

Loreto May 12, 2016

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Squash, delightfully sunny, deliciously tasteful, with just enough tomato sauce to bump this fast and easy spring recipe to new heights!

Spaghetti Squash in Tomato Sauce

Spring is in full bloom, and thanks to an extraordinary winter, it is really in full force. What better way to join the wave of sunny and happy feeling, than with this fun and easy Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Sauce.

 

 

Walking out into the backyard garden is so wonderful, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, the sun is up nice and early and the sound of the pond and fountains running is music to my ears. It often reminds me of a movie I love called August Rush. A story of a child prodigy looking for his real birth parents. In his journey he discovers his gift of music, which he finds in the sounds of nature: the wind blowing, water flowing, wings fluttering, absolutely beautiful. For me life is this experience. Through nature, and everyday life I am inspired musically and physically through my day to day routine and I would have to say Nicoletta my beautiful wife has opened that up 10 fold. Today being a special day, our monthly anniversary as we celebrate every month this wonderful union, I wanted to exemplify the happiness of this journey with something sunny, bright, colorful and of course absolutely delicious. So with that being said, a spaghetti squash is waiting in the fridge for a makeover. The thing I like about this type of squash is the unique texture of it.

Today I am going to put an Italian spin on this spaghetti squash  making it with a fresh tomato pan sauce simmered briefly and so bright in flavor, a great compliment to the backdrop of smooth and slightly sweet nature of the squash.

Spaghetti Squash in Tomato Sauce

The Making of Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Sauce:

This recipe is easy to make, the squash cut in half, with a plethora of herbs and seasoning, sprigs of rosemary, leaves of sage and basil, garlic cloves, chopped onion, and a nice crushing of sea salt and black pepper, a dusting of dried oregano and in true Italian fashion a splashing of that extra virgin olive oil cold pressed and packed with that oh so good earthy flavor.  Then off this squash goes, flesh side down on a baking sheet into a 350° F oven to steam and bake, releasing all that caramelized sugary golden morsels of goodness delight. When these babies are done, a simple fork and some hand work and this spaghetti squash is freed from its shin in beautiful golden strands waiting to be united with that rich robust tomato sauce.

Spaghetti Squash in Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti Squash in Tomato Sauce

The tomato sauce is simple, some vine tomatoes, diced, a bit of olive oil in the pan sauteing with garlic clove then covered with those tomatoes holding that flavor and infusing each ingredient wonderfully. Some fresh basil leaves , I have to say I always have to smell the basil it is truly an anti depressant and in the sauce a great addition to the rich flavor of the sauteed tomatoes. This is going to be so good with that squash I am so excited to plate this dish.

The squash I have put in a sautée pan to warm it up a bit with some olive oil and also to check the seasoning, all good, in a nice dish it goes, a generous spoonful of the tomato sauce, a wonderful sprinkle of grated Grana Padano cheese, and for a diversity in color a dusting of chopped flat leaf Italian parsley.

Spaghetti Squash in Tomato Sauce

And there you have it, a great spring time recipe: Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Sauce,  enjoy with family and friends or even with your self.

Buon appetito!

This goes out to you Amore! Happy Anniversary!

Song of the Day: “This Time” by Jonathan Rhys Myers, from the movie August Rush.

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Spaghetti Squash in Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti Squash in Tomato Sauce

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Spaghetti squash
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp rosemary
  • 4 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 sage leaves
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 fresh cracked pepper
  • Sprinkle of dried oregano

Tomato sauce:

  • 2 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 fresh basil leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Garnish:

  • 1 teaspoon of fresh chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated grana padano cheese

Instructions

Spaghetti squash:

  1. Cut squash in half length wise.
  2. Scoop out pulp and seeds with a tablespoon.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place squash flesh side up on a cutting board.
  4. Cut garlic cloves in half, chop onion, and place in squash.
  5. Break up sage, basil and rosemary into small pieces and sprinkle into squash.
  6. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
  7. Dust with salt, pepper and dried oregano.
  8. Place squash halves flesh side down on parchment paper.
  9. Place in a preheated oven at 350° F for 35-40 minutes or until soft on the inside.
  10. Take out of oven and let cool.
  11. With a fork go with the grain of the squash and run the fork trough the flesh, it comes out stringy, which is fine. Do both halves placing the strands of squash into a bowl.
  12. Heat up some olive oil and place squash into pan, taste for seasoning and add if need be.
  13. When squash is nice and warm place into bowls in three equal portions.

Tomato sauce:

  1. Drizzle olive oil into a pan and bring to medium heat.
  2. Take garlic and press it a bit the toss in pan.
  3. Place in tomatoes, basil.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Cook for about 30 minutes on low to medium heat.

Plating:

  1. Top the spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and a nice dusting of grana padano cheese.
  2. A nice sprinkle of chopped parsley.
  3. Now you’re ready to taste.
  4. Buon Appetito!

Notes

Skip the grating of Grana Padano cheese on top and you have a vegan meal.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 3 servings
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16 Comments

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    Reply Mel@avirtualvegan.com May 13, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I love the simplicity of this recipe and the way you let all the flavours speak for themselves. So fresh and vibrant.
    I am a massive spaghetti squash fan. I lived in the UK until 3 years ago and had never seen one at all there. When I moved to Canada I almost overdosed on them for the first 6 months as they are so good!
    I would leave out the cheese as I am vegan but otherwise it is just perfect! Fantastic with a big crispy fresh salad I imagine!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto May 13, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Hi Mel Thank you, you made me laugh with your overdose on spaghetti squash. I respect the vegan life style and there are so many vegan products that are tasty and wonderful to use. As for the fresh crispy sald I personally think that would be fabulous, as I am one to mix textures like that a lot.
      Happy cooking and have a great day.
      Loreto

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    Reply Holley May 13, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Spaghetti squash- I always forget about how amazing it it. Love your description of the spring, and the vibrancy of your photos, thank you for sharing!!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto May 13, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Thank you Holley for your kind words, it was a lot of fun to make and the weather here has been wonderful for this time of year, so it was a pleasure to share the experience.
      Have a great day!
      Loreto

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    Reply Redawna May 13, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Love how you season the squash before cooking it! I can smell the roasted garlic cloves already.
    A Mel said above, what a fresh vibrant dish!

    Book marking to try!

    Have a fantastic weekend!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto May 14, 2016 at 6:28 am

      Thanks so much for your lovely words, we always feel so grateful that people take the time to see and feel our passion and diligent hard work as you have done. I love seasoning the squash when you first open the squash and you take the pulp and seeds out and the sweet ripe smell of the flesh is emanating in the air only to be bathed in more bliss with the olive oil, herbs and garlic, steamed and roasted in a caramelized goodness only heaven knows, sorry taken away there for a bit in the creative process, lol. A truly magical vegetable spaghetti squash is.
      Have a great weekend!
      Loreto

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    Reply Vicky Chin May 13, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    They look super yummy ! My mom and I love squash, have to try this with her. Your pictures and really pretty ! Thanks for the recipe

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto May 14, 2016 at 6:23 am

      Hi Vicky thank you for the wonderful comment and affirming our hard work and creativity. It is hard and frustrating sometimes being creative and wanting to feel that our passions are worth something, but in the end we are always shown that the truth is what we create is beautiful and delicious. Thanks again and have a most beautiful weekend.
      Loreto

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    Reply Britney @ Savour and Shine May 13, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I am such a fan of spaghetti squash! I haven’t made it in a while, and now I’m inspired to try it again! Thanks for sharing this simple yet delicious recipe 🙂

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto May 14, 2016 at 6:19 am

      Thank you Britney. I guess that’s what this is all about, creating great recipes using wonderful ingredients to inspire people to taste different things and discover their inner cook.
      Have a wonderful day.
      Loreto

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    Reply Marisa May 13, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I am a little embarrassed to admit that I have never had spaghetti squash…like ever! I am now so inspired to try it simply by feasting on your gorgeous photos! It looks delicious😊

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto May 14, 2016 at 6:17 am

      Hi Marisa I am so glad that we have inspired you with our creativity. I am sure you will not be disappointed with this vegetable and its versatility. Thank you for taking the time to comment and experiencing our blog.
      Have a great weekend.
      Loreto

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    Reply Teresa May 15, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    This reminds me I have some spaghetti squash in the freezer. This recipe would be a lovely way to put it to good use.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto May 16, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Teresa
      Thanks for your comment. I love to use up things because I hate wasting food, so good on you.

      Have a great day!
      Loreto

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    Reply Claudia | The Brick Kitchen May 22, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I’ve never used spaghetti squash (or seen it, actually!) but sounds like I need to give to track some down and give it a try! Love the sound of a warming, vine-ripened tomato sauce too – lovely summer flavours.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto May 23, 2016 at 5:17 am

      Thank you Claudia, I always love to try new things, it stimulates my creativity in developing new versatile and interesting recipes. This spaghetti squash is an amazing ingredient. So many ways to use it, but I would have to say that with a nice tomato sauce you are right a great way to bring summer into your Kitchen. Have a great day!
      Loreto

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