Spaghetti Squash with Brussels Sprouts

My latest obsession is spaghetti squash, which sounds weird, but is truly amazing. Not only does this winter food come with a great source of potassium, vitamins A and C, and omega-3s, but it’s like pasta without without the carb-o-load! Topped with a homemade garlic-y tomato sauce and roasted brussels sprouts, this spaghetti squash recipe is one of my current favorites.

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Ingredients:

  • Spaghetti squash (duh)
  • 1 onion
  • 6 ripe tomatoes
  • 3 cloves of garlic (this is just my preference, but add as much or as little as you like to fulfill your garlic needs)
  • Handful of brussels sprouts
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Cumin

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First, slice the spaghetti squash lengthwise. This seems simple, but let me tell you, it’s much harder than it sounds. Not only did I almost hack off my hand, but the kitchen was draped in squash bits by the time I finally sawed the beast in half. In order to avoid your own version of my man vs. squash episode, I would pop the whole squash into the oven (heated at 380ºF) and let it bake for about three minutes. This will allow the squash to soften. After, place your two halves squash-side down on a baking sheet and let it bake for about 35 minutes.

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Now, it’s time for the sauce. Sauté the onion until golden brown around the edges before adding the halved brussels sprouts to the pan. Let them cook for about 10 minutes, or until the brussels are soft. On low heat, add the sliced tomatoes and pressed garlic and cook until a uniform mixture.

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Take the squash out of the oven and let it cool off before you begin the best part of the recipe: making the spaghetti! I don’t know who thought of this, but they must have been a genius. Simply take a fork and scrape the meat out of the squash. The spaghetti magically appears!

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Now that you’ve got a heaping bowl of “spaghetti”, time to mix in the sauce. Top it off with salt, pepper, and ground cumin to really bring out all the fall flavors.

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A big thank you to Molly and Kendall for being my candid models and enthusiastically inhaling a bowl of the spaghetti. Nothing makes me happier!

— Danielle

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