This quick and easy spaghetti squash recipe is bursting with flavor. It can be prepared as a side dish or a main dish as it contains bacon.
Spaghetti squash is available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors including ivory, yellow and orange.
The yellow squash being the most common to find at market and the orange ones have the highest amount of carotene.
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The center of the squash contains several large seeds.
When cooked, the flesh of the fruit falls away from the shell or skin in ribbons or strands that look like, and can be used as an alternative to, spaghetti made from wheat grain.
Spaghetti squash is typically harvested in early autumn but is available year-round.
To obtain the pasta-like flesh, the squash must be fully steamed or baked.
Spaghetti squash is a good source of vitamin A and also provides vitamin C, B vitamins, and manganese.
The seeds can be roasted and they contain protein and magnesium.
Spaghetti squash is a low glycemic food and as an alternative to traditional pasta made from wheat grain, spaghetti squash can help you cut down on carbohydrates.
Bacon & Cheddar Cheese Spaghetti Squash Bake
1 spaghetti squash, halved and seeded
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
6 Hickory Smoked slices of bacon, cooked, crumbled into bits
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
2-3 green onions, chopped, for garnish, if desired
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
Brush the inside of each half squash with about 1 tablespoon olive oil. Place squash, cut-side up on a baking sheet.
Sprinkle Himalayan salt and black pepper on each half to taste.
Bake in preheated oven until squash is tender, about 30 minutes. Cool squash for 10 minutes.
Shred the inside of squash with a fork and transfer to a bowl.
Add 1/2 the shredded Cheddar cheese, all of the bacon bacon bits, butter, salt, and black pepper. Mix until well blended.
Transfer mixture to a large casserole dish.
Bake in preheated oven until heated through, about 45 minutes.
Remove casserole from oven. Sprinkle with remaining Cheddar cheese and place under high heat broiler. Broil until cheese is browned and bubbly, 2 minutes.
Garnish with chopped green onion.
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