Unbottled
Dairy West

Recipe By

Dairy West

  • Prep Time
    15-20 minutes

  • Cook Time
    40-45 minutes

  • Servings
    2-4

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 4 Tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • Chopped fresh tomato, optional garnish

Directions

Mince garlic, set aside. Mince fresh herbs, set aside.

Cut top and bottom from squash, slice into 1-2 inch thick rings. Remove seeds. For speed, place rings in microwave safe dish with ½-inch water. Loosely cover with plastic wrap, microwave on high for 10-15 minutes or until desired fork tender.

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat; swirl or stir pan constantly to prevent the milk solids and salt from falling to the bottom of the pan and burning. Cook until butter is light tan in color and has a nutty aroma (about 4-5 minutes). Remove from heat. Add minced garlic and continue to stir until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add fresh herbs and lemon juice.

Remove squash from cooking dish and shred using a fork. Discard rind. Drizzle or spoon browned herb butter over spaghetti squash, add parmesan cheese and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme and optional chopped tomatoes.

Microwave, oven or roast?

Microwave -

Microwaving not only cooks fast, but it creates longer strands of evenly cooked spaghetti squash. You could say the squash cooked in a microwave makes it lush, not mush. Place rounds in microwave bowl with 1/2 inch water. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and microwave for 10-15 minutes.

Oven -

The more traditional way to bake in the oven. You may vent the squash by poking holes in the top then pop the whole thing into the oven, takes about an hour to bake until fork tender.

Roast-

You may also roast by cutting in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, place squash flesh side down, and roast. The roasting does help to caramelize the natural sugar in the squash and make it a little more sweet - which I like. This method takes about 40-45 minutes depending on how large your squash is. You can speed up the process by cutting the squash across into 1-2 inch slices. Butter and salt and roast in a 375 degree oven for about 25-35 minutes.