Hye Thyme Cafe: Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Tomatoes and Parmesan

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e Thyme Cafe. Although not all of my recipes are Armenian, the name is a little nod to my Armenian grandmother who is no longer with us. The Hye refers to all things related to her homeland, and she represents all things food-related to me, so the two just seemed to go together. I can't even claim that my Armenian recipes are truly Armenian, since Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, and even Egypt share so many foods that they've all sort of morphed into one over thousands of years.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Tomatoes and Parmesan

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Tomatoes and Parmesan: Hye Thyme Cafe



You may have noticed that I'm a big fan of spaghetti squash. I've made it with pesto, mozzarella, chicken meatballs and a light tomato sauce, etc. A few weeks back, I picked one up but hadn't decided yet how I wanted to use it. I also needed grated Parmesan at the time, but when I was in the cheese section by the deli, there was only shredded Parmesan for some reason. I usually buy either grated or a wedge and grate it myself. For whatever reason, I went ahead and bought the shredded, and I'm now very glad that I did, because I liked this so much, I've already made it again twice.

One word of warning - the third time I made it, I was having company for dinner, and since I would be making appetizers and dessert, it occurred to me to roast the squash the night before so I could free up the oven sooner the next day for dessert so it could be served while still warm. Bad idea - the squash released a crazy amount of liquid overnight that I ended up having to pour off, so the end product was a more dense/compressed version rather than nice and light and fluffy. It just had to be when I was making it for company. Oh well, still tasted great.

The reason the grated Parmesan worked so nicely was that rather than a topping like on a mac and cheese where you would mix breadcrumbs with grated Parmesan for a bubbly crispy topping, the shredded Parmesan created a different sort of crispy texture that I really enjoyed, and I found the flavor to be more pronounced.


INGREDIENTS
1 spaghetti squash
olive oil
1 can Delmonte Petite Cut Diced® Tomatoes with Zesty Jalapenos
  (or with green chiles - ooh, I just saw that they have chioptle now too!)
Shredded Parmesan
Butter
  1. Carefully cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.
  2. Brush the inside of the squash with a little olive oil, then roast at 375⁰ until fork tender.  I like to start off with it cut-side down so the steam can work on it for a bit, then flip it over so it starts to caramelize. 
  3. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then use a fork to shred the strands and transfer to a baking dish.
  4. Open the tomatoes and drain off some of the liquid, then toss the tomatoes with the squash.
  5. Top with a generous sprinkling of Parmesan, dot with butter, and bake at 350⁰-375⁰ until golden (time/temp will vary depending on what you're making to go with it, your baking dish, etc.)

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Tomatoes and Parmesan: Hye Thyme Cafe
Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Tomatoes and Parmesan: Hye Thyme Cafe



  






Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Tomatoes and Parmesan: Hye Thyme CafeTwice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Tomatoes and Parmesan: Hye Thyme Cafe

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Tomatoes and Parmesan: Hye Thyme Cafe

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Tomatoes and Parmesan: Hye Thyme Cafe

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Tomatoes and Parmesan: Hye Thyme Cafe

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Tomatoes and Parmesan: Hye Thyme Cafe




2 comments:

  1. Oh my that sounds and looks fabulous!!!

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    1. thank you. And with so few ingredients, it couldn't get much easier.

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