This dish was by far my favorite spaghetti squash pasta yet – and couldn’t have been easier!
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4-1/2 uncooked butternut squash, cubed
- 1/8-1/4 block extra firm lite tofu (lite can be found at larger health food stores)
- 1 jar reduced sodium spaghetti sauce (we like Prego Heart Smart)
- Onion powder, to taste
- Italian seasoning, to taste
- Red pepper flakes, to taste
One. Cut squash in half lengthwise; remove seeds. Place cut side down in a 13 x 9 microwave safe dish. Add 1/4 cup water to dish. Microwave on high for 10-13 minutes or until tender. Can also bake in the oven.
Two. While the squash is cooking, heat up a large nonstick skillet and spray with olive oil or canola oil cooking spray. Add mushrooms, onion, butternut squash and garlic; cook over medium heat until tender. Add sauce and seasonings; bring to a boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Three. Use a fork and run it across the spaghetti squash to remove the strands. Serve sauce over squash. (Mine is also topped with pine nuts, which I didn’t particularly like – but I think my nuts may have been rancid).
Nutrition Notes :: Spaghetti squash is a great way to make a low calorie pasta dish that tastes delicious and provides additional vitamins (good source of B vitamins, vitamin C, potassium, manganese) that pasta does not. Onions contain quercetin, an antioxidant and tomatoes (in the sauce) are also contain antioxidants. Soy (tofu) helps to lower cholesterol. Garlic is wonderful for the heart: it has been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides, decreases plaque build up in arteries and may even lower blood pressure. And yes, jarred pasta sauce can be okay – I just make sure to choose a low sodium version (and if I have the time, puree extra peppers, tomatoes and onion in the sauce for my picky eater fiance). Also, my version is gluten-free – just make sure to check your sauce.
Last, but not least, this dish was great when paired with one of my favorite drinkable treats.