Meatless Monday: Spaghetti Squash in a Garlic Cream Sauce with Mushroom Relish

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If y’all have never had a spaghetti squash, you don’t know what y’all are missing!  They are a fantastic way to cut carbs but still have “pasta”, and they are so versatile, you can do just about anything with them!  When choosing your squash, look for one that is uniformly oval, firm, and without bruises.  Take it home and wash it well, cut it in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds.  Unlike other squashes, this one will have the stringy bits through the whole thing, but you want to get the slimy stringy bits of the seed cavity out.  Here’s how I make a great dish with this wonderful squash.  Let your imagination run wild!

 

Spaghetti Squash with Garlic Cream Sauce and Warm Mushroom Relish

1 Medium spaghetti squash, cleaned

1 1/2 C Heavy cream

5 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced

3 T Olive oil

6 oz Baby Bella mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

8 oz “Restaurant Blend” mushrooms, or other mushrooms of your choice, cleaned and washed

1 onion diced

1 carrot, peeled and sliced, or ribboned

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3 oz spinach, chopped

3 T Balsamic vinegar

 

Put the spaghetti squash in a glass pan, cut side down.  Add about a half an inch of water and microwave in 10 minute increments, until the squash is soft and fork-tender.

While the squash is steaming, place the cream and garlic in a sauce pan.  Heat to simmer, and carefully watch.  Cream can burn easily if too hot.  Simmer until the garlic is soft.

In a sauté pan, place the mushrooms, onions, and olive oil.  Cook over medium heat.  When the onions are clear, add the carrot and continue sautéing until tender.  Add the vinegar and cook until reduced by half.  Toss in the spinach and take it off the heat.

With a fork, rake across the squash and make “noodles” from the flesh.  It should rake easily and produce short spaghetti-like noodles.  Mix with the cream sauce and place either in serving bowls or back in the shell.  Top with the veggie mixture and serve warm with a fresh salad.

What a beautiful way to serve such a versatile vegetable!  What are your favorite ways to eat spaghetti squash?

 

 

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