Autumn Harvest Spaghetti Squash

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Can you believe that this is my first time trying Spaghetti Squash? I know, you’re judging me. But, seriously.. it’s my first time eating it. I’m honestly upset that i haven’t tried it before. It pairs so well with cheese and sauce. But, then again… what doesn’t pair well with cheese and sauce?

I’ve always been a little scared to try Spaghetti Squash and I honestly can’t even tell you why. I’ve always skipped over it in grocery stores. But, since it’s Autumn, I’ve been testing out new comfort meals to add to my family’s meal plan. Autumn/Winter to me just means that I’m going to enjoy plenty of warm soul food under the cover while binge watching Girlfriends. Speaking of binge watching television shows, what shows are you all currently watching? I don’t watch much TV these days. The only show that I currently have in constant rotation is Greenleaf and that’s because I love the characters so much. If you haven’t seen the show yet, check it out on OWN. It’s an amazing show with great actors. I know that it starts off a little slow, so if you have a low attention span, you definitely will not like the show!

Enough about TV. Let’s get into this Squash!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me post about my new obsession with Trader Joe’s Autumn Harvest sauce. The sauce is made with Pumpkin, Butternut Squash, and Tomato Sauce. It’s the best damn sauce I’ve had in a very long time. If the sauce isn’t available in your store, Trader Joe’s has a recipe available on their site for it.

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I want to also mention that I did not save the seeds leftover from this squash. If you don’t want to waste them, remember that you can toast them up and save them for later for salads or an easy low calorie snack. Also, try toasting them in the oven with other nuts and plenty of maple syrup for a delicious DIY granola!

The best thing about this dish is that you will have a lot of leftovers. This is a healthy meal prep recipe for those of you that like to cook meals on Sunday and eat the rest of it throughout the week. If you want to add some protein to this dish, I would recommend you to add Italian Sausage, Ground Beef, Chorizo, Ground Turkey, or Ground Pork. I didn’t recommend chicken since I don’t think it’s the right meat for this! But, if you only eat chicken then give it a try and let me know in the comments how it turns out for you.

Autumn Harvest Spaghetti Squash

ingredients:

  • 1 whole Spaghetti Squash
  • 1/2 cup Trader Joe's Autumn Harvest Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • Spanish Olive Oil Cooking Spray
  • Seasonings: Kosher Salt, Black Pepper, and 21 Seasoning Salute 

instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil to prepare to cook the squash. 
  2. Slice your spaghetti squash in half and scoop out the insides. Spray the Olive Oil cooking spray and then season with salt, pepper, and 21 seasoning salute. 
  3. Place the Squash in the oven and bake for 40 minutes. 
  4. Remove from oven and immediately top with Autumn Harvest Sauce and mozzarella cheese. Turn on your boiler and place the squash back into the oven to allow the cheese to brown, approximately 5 minutes. 
  5. Enjoy!