spaghetti…squashed!

If I would have known how easy it is to cook spaghetti squash I would have started making it years ago! Seriously, this was probably one of the easiest and most delicious things I have ever tasted.

Start with a 4Lb spaghetti squash, cut in half and remove seeds (you’ll remember the full nelson smackdown I had to use to cut the pumpkin, well same thing here people). Once you have it cutand everything removed, brush with 1 tbsp of Virgin olive oil and sprinkle with 1 tbsp of brown sugar, salt and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.

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Once the squash is cooked, it is very easily removed with a fork. Don’t be afraid to get right in there all the way to the bottom of the shell.

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Cook your chicken and bacon on med heat until chicken is cooked all the way through. Dont drain or remove any of the fat.

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Chop fresh parsley, garlic and cilantro ( my local grocerer was fresh out of fresh cilantro)

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Add fresh ingrediend to squash and then add squash mixture to chicken and bacon. Stir, getting right to the bottom to mix in all the juices. This is really going to add a lot of flavor to this dish.

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Return to baking dish and top generously with parmesan cheese. ( and I mean GENEROUSLY)

Bake for another 10 minutes at 400 degrees.I just left my oven on after taking out the squash

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Ingredients

1 spaghetti squash (about 4 pounds), halved lengthwise, seeds removed

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

1 tablespoon packed light-brown sug

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 1/2 ounces)

1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley              

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 clove of garlic chopped

2 chicken breasts cubed

1/3 cup of bacon

Directions

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush cut sides of squash with oil, and sprinkle with sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Place squash, cut sides down, on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until tender, about 45 minutes. Let cool slightly on sheet on a wire rack, about 10 minutes.

2. Cube chicken and cut bacon into small chunks. Cook on Med temperature until chicken is cooked all the way through. DO NOT DRAIN.

3. Scrape squash with a fork to remove flesh in long strands. Place in a large bowl. Add oil, Parmesan, parsley, cilantro, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste.

4. Add Squash mixture to chicken and bacon and toss thoroughly, getting all the way to the bottom and mixing in all the juices.

5. Transfer back into baking dish, more parmesan can be added on top if you want and bake on 400 degrees for another ten minutes.

Remove from oven and enjoy!

This was the perfect amount for the two of us with enough for lunch leftovers. If you have never cooked squash before go out and get yourself one and do it! Let me know how it turns out…

~tl

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