You know that tired heavy feeling you get after gladiator-eating a bowl of pasta? I promise that will not happen after you eat this. Trying to recreate Italian dishes is a lot less difficult than it seems. Now I fully understand that this is not pasta. It’s a pasta imPASTAr! But seriously, it’s just as delicious. If you get the fork twirl down correctly you won’t miss the tummy-bloating-food-coma-inducing spaghetti.
Traditional pesto is made with basil, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and olive oil. I find it hard to find a lot of fresh basil when it’s not summertime so I replaced it with spinach. Pine nuts are also insanely expensive so I replaced them with walnuts. The taste is just an incredible.
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- 2 cups water (for the pan)
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 12 oz bag organic spinach leaves
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1 large garlic clove
- 1/2 cup olive oil (add more if needed)
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice and some zest to taste
- S&P to taste
- Cut the squash length wise in half and scoop out the seeds. Discard the seeds and guts. Place skin side out in a baking dish and fill the bottom with water, covering about 1/2 inch.
- Roast squash in oven at 400 degrees for about 35 minutes or until the squash scrapes out easily with a fork.
- While the squash is baking you can prep the pesto.
- Puree walnuts, garlic clove, lemon juice & zest, and half the amount of olive oil to a food processor. Then add and more olive oil until the pesto is smooth. *Spinach holds more water than basil so be mindful when adding the olive oil.
- Next, chop the sun-dried tomatoes into strips. Set aside.
- When the spaghetti squash is done cooking scrape all the yummy spaghetti imPASTArs into a separate bowl.
- Add sun-dried tomatoes and a few big dollops of spinach pesto to the squash. Mix with a fork.
If you aren’t going to use all the pesto you make within a few days you can freeze it. Simply spoon the leftover pesto into ice cube trays and freeze. When you’re ready to use some just pop out a pesto cube to add to your food.
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