It’s no surprise that I love spaghetti squash and am constantly looking for new ways to use it in my kitchen. While my go-to spaghetti squash side dish usually involves lots of black pepper and Parmesan cheese, lately I have been mixing things up and using creamy ricotta cheese instead. Paired with a touch of garlic powder, basil, and lemon zest, it makes a seriously delicious side dish that actually packs a good amount of protein. It also serves as a great base for a lightened up pasta dish with some grilled chicken or shrimp and roasted tomatoes or broccoli. I like to add a little crunch as well with some chopped almonds or pine nuts.
Creamy Ricotta Spaghetti Squash
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- 1 U spaghetti squash
- 1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. lemon zest
- 2 tbsp. chopped basil (or parsley)
- Salt and pepper
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Prepare the spaghetti squash in the oven or microwave. For oven, cut in half and remove seeds. Spray with cooking spray. Place face down on a baking sheet and roast for 40-50 minutes at 400 degrees until tender. To microwave, pierce whole squash with knife or fork. Microwave for 12-14 minutes or until tender. Carefully cut open to remove the seeds. Scrape the squash out with a fork.
While hot, stir in the ricotta, garlic powder, lemon zest, basil, salt to taste, and lots of black pepper.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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