Dirigo Dish: Spaghetti Squash

Fresh summer veggies are ready! Always wanted to try spaghetti squash? Here’s a tasty and simple recipe to give it a try at home! Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!

Ingredients

Servings 4  

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    spaghetti squash (3 pounds)
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    non-stick cooking spray
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    1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
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    1 clove fresh garlic (minced)

    OR

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    1 tsp. jarred, minced garlic
  •  

    1/2 small onion (chopped)
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    1 cup tomatoes (diced)

    OR

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    8 oz. canned, no-salt-added, diced tomatoes
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    1/4 tsp. black pepper
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    1/4 tsp. dried, salt-free herbs, Italian blend
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    1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
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    16 oz. canned, no salt added tomato sauce
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    1/2 cup small “bite size” fresh mozzarella balls (can substitute fresh mozzarella), cut into bite-size pieces
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    1/4 cup coarsely chopped, or, torn basil

    OR

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    1 tsp. dried basil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Cut spaghetti squash in half. On a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, place halves of squash face down and bake for 1 hour or until tender.
  3. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook until soft, about 5-7 minutes. Add diced tomatoes, pepper, herbs and red pepper flakes. Cook until liquid is evaporated, about 2-3 minutes. Add tomato sauce and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Let squash sit at room temperature until just cool enough to handle. Take a fork and scrap flesh from outside working in, creating “spaghetti noodles.”
  5. Add squash “noodles” to sauce and remove from heat. Toss with mozzarella balls and fresh basil and serve.
The American Heart Association’s website is a great place for seniors and people of all ages to find delicious heart healthy recipes. Click here for more AHA recipes!

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