Pantry Shopping – Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

As promised (though delayed thanks to life), we had leftover sauce from our veggie lasagna and some spaghetti squash from the garden in the cold room (it will last all winter in a cool dark space after picking in the fall).  Instead of noodles, the girls love spaghetti squash roasted in the oven and stuffed with spaghetti toppings.  I prefer it to pasta; it is not nearly as filling, obviously not processed and doesn’t leave me feeling so stuffed!  Plus – it is way more fun to “pick our pasta”! We have made veggie stuffing alternatives using mushrooms, butternut squash chunks, onions and beans instead of the meat but I will admit that my 2 meat-a-tarians prefer it this way.

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Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

From the cold room

1 large spaghetti squash, dried oregano, thyme, chives and crushed chilis peppers

From the freezer

1 pound each of local hot Italian sausage (Cavicci’s meats makes great sausage!) and ground beef, pork, chicken or turkey, browned.

Ingredients for tomato sauce – We had left over sauce to use, about 3 cups worth.  If we have none prepped, to make enough for 1 large squash we normally use the equivalent of 1 large can of frozen tomatoes (about 15 frozen paste tomatoes), 2 chunks of frozen basil (about 2 tbsp), dried herbs and some garlic scapes.

For this recipe, if I don’t have any sauce actually cooked, I will just blender the tomatoes with the basil, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 tsp each of dried thyme, oregano, chives and salt and pepper. We then add the “sauce smoothie” directly into the meat and warm it in the browning pan. Easy, easy cheat!!

From the fridge

1 cup each of cottage cheese, ricotta and mozzarella cheese

How we did it…

After halving and seeding the squash, we roasted it face down with a bit of olive oil at 350 degrees for roughly an hour (or until for fork tender.)

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In the meantime we combined the meats and left over sauce. In a separate bowl we combined the ricotta, cottage cheese, 1/2 tsp of crushed chilis and 1/2 tsp each of extra oregano and thyme.

Once roasted we filled the bottom 1/2 of each side of the squash with the cheese mixture and the top 1/2 with the meat and tomato sauce mixture. We covered the top with grated mozzarella and returned to the oven to bake until bubbly. We devoured this with a green salad with pears, seeds, dried cranberries and apples – all local!  Yum.

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LEFT OVER BONUS!  If the squash is a bit smaller, the left over meat and cheese mixtures can be added to brown rice with some black beans and salsa to make another great quick meal!

Now what to do with all of the frozen kale and carrots….? Soup!!

 

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8 thoughts on “Pantry Shopping – Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

  1. Frozen kale? That wouldn’t last a week here! My fav for kale is lentil and barley soup with potatoes and carrots and finishing with fresh chopped kale. We use kale, turnip, mustard as a base for just about everything. It’s our ‘pasta.’

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    • That sounds delicious! I just picked some kale from the snow tunnel – I am putting a pot of kale, potato and bean soup on today to serve with sweet potato, black bean and quinoa roll-ups…I will have to add some lentils, thanks for the inspiration! I may get some grumbles about the quince but I am looking forward to it!

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      • Oh…but black beans and quinoa go together like peas and carrots!

        My kids LOVE to warm equal parts of each with diced tomato, Mexican oregano, garlic powder in the microwave (I keep a menagerie of pre-cooked stuff in the fridge for quick-gets) and top with hot, wilted turnip greens and baco-bits. It’s a breakfast fav.

        Lentils go well with brown/black rice, seasoned with olive oil, cumin, thyme, chipotle pepper, and sesame seed. Drop a warmed helping on top of a big bowl of shredded Romaine and croutons…squeeze of lemon. Mmm. Now I’m hungry.

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