Sunday, December 8, 2013

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Boats

Another trip to the produce market means... it's time for another spaghetti squash recipe!!! Since spaghetti squash is in season right now it's super cheap, I seriously can't help but buy them. The best part, all you need is one of those cheap spaghetti squash to make a hearty, healthy, low-fat, low carb meal that will feed 2 or more people!


The last week I have had a serious craving for some pizza; chewy warm dough topped with rich tomato sauce, greasy cheese, and crispy pepperoni. But with the amount of calories I have been putting into my body between holiday cookies and candy, I decided better use the spaghetti squash as a way to get my "pizza" fix in. Spaghetti squash does not taste like pasta, but it does have the same kind of texture. You feel like you're eating a big bowl of cheesy pasta... but without all the carbs and guilt!


You can prep this dish ahead of time, then put it on the oven just before you're ready to bake. You can also place the spaghetti squash "pizza" mixture in a 9x9 baking dish instead of the shells to bake. So easy!!

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Boats
adapted from a recipe from Skinnytaste.com

Ingredients:
1 large spaghetti squash (about 3 cups cooked)
salt and fresh pepper, to taste
1 1/4 cup tomato pasta sauce
1/2 cup turkey pepperoni, chopped
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
2 cups part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Directions:


Preheat oven to 400ºF. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds and membrane. Season lightly with salt and black pepper; bake about 1 hour (or longer if needed) on a baking sheet, cut side down. 



When spaghetti squash is cooked, let it cool for about 10 minutes keeping the oven on. When the spaghetti squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to remove flesh, which will come out in spaghetti looking strands reserving the shells. Drain the squash on a paper towel to soak up any excess liquid.

Toss squash strands with 1 cup of the pasta sauce, turkey pepperoni, basil, and 1 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese. Place the spaghetti squash back into the 2 shells and place on a baking sheet.


Top each with remaining sauce and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top.


Bake in the oven for 20 - 30 minutes or until everything is hot and the cheese is melted.


Ok, these Spaghetti Squash Pizza Boats were absolutely delicious!!!!! This is one of my new favorite recipes. You can't even taste the squash in this dish... if you didn't know, you might think you were eating pasta. ;) All you taste is tomato-cheesy-pepperoni goodness. Next time we might try meatballs or chicken in addition to the pepperoni too.

My pizza cravings have definitely been satisfied... I'm stuffed.

YUM, so good!!!!!

*Janel*

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