Squash is everywhere this time of year and at the present moment I’m absolutely loving this scrumptious Spaghetti Squash with Asparagus recipe! Spaghetti Squash is so easy to cook; bake it in the oven or microwave then add yummy ingredients to make it extra tasty. In this recipe I added asparagus, garlic, lemon, goat cheese, thyme, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper and olive oil. It tastes simply divine and healthy… I know, I know, most people will walk right by Spaghetti Squash and not buy this mild tasting squash but what a healthy treat it is. Do yourself a favor and next time buy yourself a Spaghetti Squash and try something new! And yes, it does taste like spaghetti but without the carbs!
I have a confession to make, I’ve been in a blog rut lately, I actually hate to admit it but I’ve been burnt out on blogging and social media! It’s been hard to come up with new exciting recipes as well? No matter how motivated or driven we are, everyone of us goes through a period in our life when we are stuck in a rut. I guess I’m limping my way back into the game!
Stay open to the new…
Ali in the Valley
Spaghetti Squash with Asparagus...
Author: Alison Ball
1 small spaghetti squash about 1 1/2 pounds
1 pound of asparagus
3/4 cup goat or ricotta
1 clove garlic unpeeled
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves from 4-5 sprigs
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons sliced almonds or pine nuts toasted
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Carefully cut the squash in half, scrape out the seeds, and brush with olive oil. Place cut side down on a baking tray and place in the oven to roast for about 35 minutes. Meanwhile, prep the asparagus by snapping off the woody ends and slicing the stalks on a diagonal into 2-inch pieces.
Using a microplane or zester, remove 1 teaspoon of lemon zest from the lemon, and then cut the lemon in half and juice it. Pick the leaves and soft, thin stems from the thyme until you have about 1 teaspoon.
Combine the lemon zest, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, thyme leaves, and ricotta in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and several grinds of the pepper mill. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more lemon juice, salt, and pepper as needed. Set aside.
After the squash has roasted for about 35-40 minutes, add the asparagus to the tray and tuck the glove of garlic beneath one of the squash halves. Return the tray to the oven and roast another 10 minutes, so until the asparagus is bright green and starting to char in places and when the squash is easily pierced with a fork.
Take the baking tray from oven and carefully remove the garlic clove from beneath the squash. It should be a little soft from its time in the oven. Snip off one end and squeeze the garlic from the peel into the ricotta and mix well. Transfer the asparagus to the bowl with the ricotta.
Let the squash cool for another 5 minutes. Pull a fork through the flesh to separate and remove the strands from the shell. Add to bowl with ricotta mixture. Mix squash, asparagus, and ricotta mixture, season to taste with salt and pepper, and spoon into a serving dish.
Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with pine nuts before serving.
Here’s a few more recipes: Spaghetti Squash with Spinach & Garlic & Spaghetti Squash w/ Garlic, Tomatoes, Olives & Basil.