Cut the carbs with this decadent pasta made entirely from vegetables!
Transport your taste buds to Naples, Italy with this delightful puttanesca recipe. It is guaranteed to delight the whole family. This spaghetti squash puttensca is the perfect thin solution when hit by that heavy craving for carbohydrates! The dish presents itself as a pampering bowl of noodles when it actually consists exclusively of vegetables. With creamy, decadent textures and extremely satisfying flavors, this pasta dish is sure to please. Not to mention your waistline will appreciate it too.
Cut the carbs with this Italian-inspired dish
Here at Skinny Ms., we love recipes that are used in spaghetti squash for real pasta. The nutrient-dense veggies make up a pile of amazingly cool strands that resemble spaghetti without the heaviness of the actual pasta. Meanwhile, it serves as a low-carb, low-fat, and grain-free alternative that saves a shipload of calories.
“Puttanesca” refers to a bold, aromatic pasta sauce used in Italian-inspired dishes. It’s usually tomatoes, garlic, and sometimes even anchovies. Our tasty version uses a handful of live, nutritious vegetables like zucchini squash, sweet onions, peppers, broccoli and grape tomatoes.
Showy and nutritious
These vegetables are roasted to perfection and crispy and give this healthy spaghetti and pumpkin puttanesca an incredible color and depth of flavor. We love how the natural sweetness of the spaghetti squash complements the resilient goodness of the vegetables.
How to make spaghetti squash puttanesca
Our delicious vegetarian dish takes just 15 minutes to prepare and about 40 minutes to cook. Even so, in less than an hour you can have a healthy, low-carb pasta dish that’s hot and ready!
This amazing meal is also very easy to prepare! Simply fry the spaghetti pumpkin halves until cooked through, then let the vegetables cool. Then fry the rest of the vegetables with Italian seasoning, olive oil, and garlic for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until tender. Use a fork to chop your spaghetti squash into thin “spaghetti-like” strands and mix them with roasted vegetables and chopped spinach. Before you know it, a beautiful, Italian-inspired meal is waiting for you to devour it!
So what are you waiting for? Dip into a large bowl tonight with this delicious spaghetti squash puttanesca! With just a fraction of the calories you’d find in traditional spaghetti puttanesca recipes, this healthy version will satisfy all of your pasta cravings. Less the guilt, of course!
- 1 Spaghetti squash big
- 1 Sweet onion large, 1/2 “cube
- 2 Red pepper sown, veins removed, 1/2 “cube
- 1 pint Cocktail tomatoes halved
- 1 Zucchini squash large, 1/2 “cube
- 1 yellow pumpkin large, 1/2 “cube
- 2 cups Broccoli florets Cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1 tablespoon Italian spice mix
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cups Baby spinach roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Halve the spaghetti squash, remove the seeds and place each half-cut side face down on a sheet pan. Place the sheet pan in the preheated oven and fry the spaghetti squash for about 20-25 minutes. Squash is ready when you can push outward (carefully) and it “gives” and is no longer hard.
Take the spaghetti squash out of the oven and place the cut sides face up so it can cool slightly.
While the spaghetti squash is roasting, place the onion, bell peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash and broccoli on another sheet pan. Add granulated garlic, Italian seasoning and salt. Pour on olive oil and toss everything together to coat evenly.
Roast the vegetables in the 400-degree oven for about 15 to 20 minutes while the spaghetti squash is toasted. Vegetables are ready when they are tender, crispy and golden brown. Take out of the oven.
Chop the spaghetti squash into “spaghetti” with a fork and place in a large mixing bowl or casserole dish.
While the spaghetti squash is still warm, add the chopped baby spinach and roasted vegetables. Throw to mix thoroughly. Season to taste, adjust if necessary and serve.
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6th
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