Ditch the traditional pasta noodles—they’re high in empty calories without much to say in the nutrients department. Instead, make the perfect spaghetti squash noodles.
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt and pepper, to taste (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Optional: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
- Slice the top inch and bottom inch off the spaghetti squash. Some people leave the top on, but at least slice off the bottom to make it stable when you cut it lengthwise.
- Next, slice the squash in half lengthwise. Use the largest knife you have and go slow; it might take a few minutes.
- Using a spoon, scrape out all of the seeds and stringy flesh.
- Brush the cut flesh of the spaghetti squash with a little extra virgin olive oil and place the cut side down on the foil-lined baking sheet. You can add one or more tablespoons to the baking sheet to retain moisture in very dry climates.
- Roast 30-40 minutes until the flesh is fork-tender and completely cooked through.
- Let rest for at least 15 minutes or until it’s cool enough to handle.
- Using a fork, start at one end and scrape the “noodles” out lengthwise.
- Toss with any sauce (marinara or pesto are delicious!) or just a dash of extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper.
- Serve hot or warm.
- Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to two days.
- Calories: 111
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