Celebrate American Heart Month with this tasty Italian “pasta” recipe, without the pasta. This simple dish includes a blend of veggies, herbs, and spices making it both delicious and nutritious. And it's approved as hearth-healthy by South Shore Health System's dietitians.
- 1 spaghetti squash (3 pounds)
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove fresh garlic (minced) OR 1 tsp. jarred, minced garlic
- 1/2 small onion (chopped)
- 1 cup tomoatoes (diced) OR 8 oz. can, no-salt-added, diced tomatoes
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. dried, salt-free herbs, Italian blend
- 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 16 oz. canned, no salt added tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup small "bite size" fresh mozzarella balls (can substitute fresh mozzarella), cut into bite-size pieces
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped or torn basil OR 1 tsp. dried basil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut spaghetti squash in half. On a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, place halves of squash face down and bake for 1 hour until tender.
- Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook until soft, about 5-7 minutes. Add diced tomates, 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.
- Le squash sit at room temperature until just cool enough to handle. Take a fork and scrape flesh from outside working in, creating "spaghetti noodles."
- Add squash "noodles" to sauce and remove from heat. Toss with mozzarella balls and fresh basil and serve.
Please note this recipe is from the American Heart Association's website.