Sun-dried Tomato and Pesto Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is my new substitute for pasta! As a college student, I have been guilty of stocking up on pasta and rice because they are cheap and easy to make. As I explored alternatives to these addictive carbs, I came across spaghetti squash and it's ability to disguise itself as pasta! It goes well with marinara, cheese and olive oil-- just like pasta. For this recipe I decided to make a home-made pesto and combine it with sun-dried tomatoes to make the flavor more intense. This is definitely my favorite spaghetti squash recipe...so far!

Sun-dried Tomato and Pesto Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:

  • 1 large spaghetti squash, cut in half
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

For pesto:

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Use a chef's knife to cut the spaghetti squash lengthwise. 
  3. Use a soup spoon to scrape out the seeds then place the squash halves cut-side down in a roasting pan. Add some water to cover the bottom of the pan. 
  4. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until you can poke a fork through the squash easily. 
  5. While the squash is cooking, let's make the pesto! In a food processor, combine the basil leaves, macadamia nuts, garlic, cheese and salt and pepper. Pulse into well combined. Add olive oil and pulse until blended. Set aside.
  6. Once the squash is done baking-- scrape the squash flesh into a large bowl. Add pesto to squash and mix well. Add sun-dried tomatoes and more fresh basil (optional) and mix well. Enjoy!

 

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Kelly Sloan

Hi, I'm Kelly! I am a Cali girl who loves food, nutrition, hiking, and writing. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I grew up with an active lifestyle and eating healthy, however, I do have a major sweet tooth! I do believe that everything in moderation is good for a healthy lifestyle! I love to bake and create new recipes and I love to share food. I love to stay active and healthy with continuous fitness and nutritious foods throughout the week and I hope to share my recipes, food photography and travel experiences with you on my blog! #RD2Be