After a kiddo/mommy lunch date that consisted of too many guilty foods, light and healthy came to mind for dinner options. So here I share with you today, my simple garlic Parmesan spaghetti squash that I made for dinner.
This dish is super easy to make. This spaghetti squash is full of garlic flavor, and the freshly grated Parmesan cheese adds a touch of “what just happened to my taste buds”! I felt a little bit better about my intake for the day after making this. I hope it helps you all feel a little bit better too if you ate too many of the fried pickles at lunch like someone I know….. (I won’t mention any names…) Enjoy!
Check out the recipe and some helpful photos to guide you through the prep and cooking process.
- 2 spaghetti squash (small size – about 3 pounds each in size)
- Olive oil
- 6 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 & ½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese (separated)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the two spaghetti squashes in half. Remove the seeds from the spaghetti squash (you can do this by scooping them out with a spoon). Brush the inside of each spaghetti squash with olive oil. Then, season the inside of each spaghetti squash with salt and pepper. Turn the spaghetti squash upside down (skin side up) on a baking pan. Bake the spaghetti squash for 30 minutes. Let the squash rest for about 10 to 15 minutes, and then gently scrap the cooked squash out with a fork. Set the removed spaghetti squash aside, and start prepping your garlic butter sauce. Melt the butter in a pan on medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the minced garlic. Cook the garlic for about one minute. Then, add your squash to the pan. Sprinkle one cup of the grated Parmesan cheese on top of the spaghetti squash. Gently stir the mixture, and let it cook for about 2 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat, and top the spaghetti squash with the additional ½ cup of shredded Parmesan cheese. And you’re done!
Before melting your butter, test taste your spaghetti squash to see if it has enough oils for you. This will help you determine if you want one or two tablespoons of butter for your garlic butter sauce.