Some of you are probably thinking, ‘what the heck is this thing?’ and ‘is that really spaghetti in there?’ It’s a spaghetti squash and nope, no pasta here. This is the squash’s natural texture when baked…cool, huh? It’s not only beautiful but absolutely delicious. Spaghetti squash has a slight sweetness that complements any savory flavors you stuff into it. Top each half with a pinch of red pepper flakes and chopped parsley, if desired. Serve hot.
- 1 medium spaghetti squash, halved and seeded
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups fat-free milk
- 1 tablespoon cream cheese
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, or more to taste
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Place squash, cut-sides down, on a rimmed baking sheet and add water to surround squash.
Bake in the preheated oven until tender, about 60 minutes.
Gently scrape squash strands into the center of each half using a fork.
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add garlic to hot butter and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in flour and cook for another minute while stirring until no lumps remain, 1 to 2 minutes more. Whisk in milk heated through. Add cream cheese and stir until smooth. Stir in Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.
Spoon hot sauce equally on to each squash half. Gently pull up the squash strands to coat as much as possible with sauce. Top with extra Parmesan cheese if desired.
Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven’s broiler. Place squash halves under the broiler until golden and bubbly, 2 to 3 minutes.
Prep time: 10 mins / Cooking time: 1 hr 5 mins / Total time: 1 hr 15 mins
Serving: 2 / Yield: 2 servings