During the transition from the hot summer months and the freeze of the winter is a milder changing climate where we will find spaghetti squash readily available along with some of summer's lingering fresh herbs. I would like to share with you a simple recipe as a healthy lunch or dinner, or as a side dish to a larger meal, should the occasion arise during the holidays.
Herbed Brown Butter Spaghetti Squash
Serves 2 as an entree or 4 as a side.
1 medium size spaghetti squash, split in half and seeds removed.
1 shallot, minced.
5 sprigs of fresh Italian parsley, chopped.
3 sprigs of fresh marjoram (or 1 sprig oregano), minced.
1/2 cup unsalted butter.
Juice of 1/2 lemon.
1 Tbsp. olive oil.
salt and freshly ground black pepper.
optional additions (one or a combination of the following)
2 tsp. capers, rinsed.
2 Tbsp. pitted and sliced cured green olives.
1 Tbsp. sun dried tomatoes, chopped.
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. With a large metal spoon scoop out the seeds and soft stringy bits in each half. Do not dig into the flesh. Discard or save the seeds to roast for a snack!
4. Rub the cut side and interior of your squash with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place squash cut side down on a baking sheet or dish. You can treat your pan with oil or line with foil if you want but it is not necessary. We are not adding water to this recipe as some call for since we will be cooking our squash a second time later.
|In this picture I am preparing a double recipe|
for four people hence double the squash.
5. Transfer the squash to the oven and roast for around 20-25 minutes before checking. Your squash will be ready to remove from the oven when you can easily push a fork through the outside skin of the squash through to the interior. When you can do this remove the squash from the oven and let it cool.
6. Once the squash is cool enough to handle, hold the squash upright on a cutting board and begin to scrape out the flesh starting gently at the top. As you begin to remove the "noodles" of squash you want to continue to scrape from the perimeter of you cut edge to the inside, pulling the strands of squash away from the skin.
*Note: The more deliberate you are to make continuous scoops, as opposed to making several thrashing motions, the longer your squash spaghetti will be!
|I prefer to use a large fork|
(left) which gets more
squash out with little thrashing.
|Stating at the top with deliberate motion.|
|Pulling from the outside in to the center.|
|One down one to go.|
7. Reserve the squash in a bowl.
8. Add the butter to a large sauté pan and melt over medium-high heat. As it melts swirl or stir it around as it starts to brown and bubble.
|Notice the browning quickly begins while the|
butter is still not completely melted.
|Once the butter is completely melted it is hard|
to see those browning bits under the foam so
stirring or swirling is needed to avoid burning.
|As the butter continues to cook you can begin to see|
the solids at the bottom. Notice how they are a
nice caramel brown?
ADD THE SHALLOTS!!
12. Add your spaghetti squash to the pan, season with some additional salt and pepper and the remaining herbs. Toss your squash with the browned butter.
13. Heat your spaghetti squash, gently mixing as to not break the noodles (I use 2 spoons) coating them with the herbed browned butter sauce.
|In this picture I have made a double recipe|
for four people.
|For my light dinner I paired my spaghetti with|