The produce section in the grocery store is all about winter squash this time of the year. One of my absolute favorite winter squashes is the spaghetti squash. It's so fun to eat with its delicious spaghetti-like strings and its mild, slightly nutty taste.
I was inspired to make this recipe for Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Pancetta by one of my favorite food bloggers, Brandy of Nutmeg Nanny and her recipe for Sausage and Peppers Stuffed Spaghetti Squash. When I saw Brandy's recipe, I was so enamored that I needed to try and make my own version and yet have it be something completely different.
My husband isn't normally a big fan of spaghetti squash so the night I was making these for dinner he looked at me with questioning eyes and a very skeptical frown on his face. My one saving grace was the fact that I decided to add some crispy pancetta. Of course, you can opt to make them a totally vegetarian meal by leaving the pancetta off, and they will be equally delicious... just not something my husband would enjoy. LOL
For this Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Pancetta, you can either buy your Alfredo sauce in a jar from the store or make your own, which is what I did. Either way is perfectly fine, but the homemade version takes all of ten minutes to make and is really delicious mix of cream cheese, butter and garlic. In the great words of Ina Garten..."How bad can that be?"
Split and prepare the seasoned spaghetti squash by roasting in the oven until soft. Set aside to cool while you prepare the Alfredo sauce.
In a sauce pan, whisk together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Stir in the milk, nutmeg and garlic. Cook until thickened. Stir in the Parmesan cheese.
Use a fork to loosen and separate the stands of the spaghetti squash and then spoon each shell with approximately 1/2 cup the Alfredo sauce. Top with the crisp, cooked pancetta (optional but recommended) and return the squash to oven until heated through. Serve hot.
Servings: 4 Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Bake Time: 60 minutes
2 medium sized spaghetti squash, halved and seeded
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
8 ounces pancetta, diced and cooked to crisp and drained
6 tablespoons butter
8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup milk
1 cup Parmesan cheese, plus additional for garnish
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
pinch black pepper
chopped fresh parsley for garnish
-Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place the squash on a baking sheet or baking pan. Drizzle the olive oil on the cut sides of the spaghetti squash and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
-Bake in a preheated oven for approximately 40-45 minutes or until the squash is soft. Set aside until it's cool enough to handle.
-Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and cream cheese and whisk until creamy. Stir in the garlic and milk. Cook over medium heat until the sauce thickens and reduces (approximately 10 minutes).
-Stir the Parmesan cheese into the cream sauce and add a pinch of nutmeg and pepper.
-Use a fork to pull and shred the strands of the spaghetti squash. Pour some of the Alfredo sauce over each squash half and top with the cooked pancetta.
-Place the Alfredo squash back into the oven and cook for approximately 15-20 minutes until heated through.
-Serve with a garnish of Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.
I hope I've whet your whistle for all things spaghetti squash. If so, why don't you check out my recipe for Spaghetti Squash and Zucchini Pancakes. It's one of my absolute favorites!
Or, how about sharing the love with these other spaghetti squash recipes:
Lasagna-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash by The Kitchn
Spicy Spaghetti Squash with Black Beans by Whole Foods
Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce by The Skinny Taste
Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Kale by The Pioneer Woman
Twice Bakes Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Parmesan by Kalyn's Kitchen
Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai by Shared Appetite
Caprese Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Tomatoes by Cookin' Canuck
I've decided to coordinate today's recipe with a custom wine glass I painted a while back for a client to commemorate her friend's life and loves. It's from the "This Is Your Life" wine glass collection.
|If there is ever anything I can paint for you, please don't hesitate to contact me or visit my shop. Custom orders (like this one) are always welcome. I can and will work from any photo or description you send my way.|
Kudos Kitchen by Renée ~ Where food, art and fun collide on a regular basis!
Until we eat again,
Labels: Alfredo sauce, fall vegetables, nutmeg, pancetta, Parmesan cheese, parsley, spaghetti squash, squash recipes, veggies