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Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti with Lemon Garlic Sauce and Ricotta
Source: Joanne @ Eats Well with Others
Adapted by There's Always Thyme to CookPrintable Recipe
1 spaghetti squash, about 4 lb
half box of spaghetti, whole wheat, enriched or whatever you like
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (more or less to taste)
1 cup ricotta (I used part-skim)
Parmesan, for serving
Preheat oven to 375°F. Slice the squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Place cut side down on a baking sheet. Fill halfway with water. Roast for 45 minutes to an hour or until squash is fork tender. Set aside and let cool for 5-10 minutes. Or you can also microwave it. Just cut squash in half lengthwise; remove seeds. Place squash cut sides up in a microwave dish with 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook on high for about 15 minutes, more or less, depending on size of squash. Add more cooking time if necessary. Let stand covered, for 5 minutes. It will be very hot, be careful! Let cool a bit. With a fork pull out and separate the strands.
Set a pot of water to boil for the spaghetti.
Saute the garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil over low heat until tender and fragrant. Add the lemon peel and saute for a minute or two. Add olive oil, lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Whisk and bring to a simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add butter and bring back up to a simmer. Remove from heat. Whisk in basil. Season to taste.
When the squash is done, turn it cut side up on a cutting board and run a fork through its flesh to create spaghetti strands. Use a spoon to scoop out the strands into a large bowl. Cook the spaghetti. Toss with the spaghetti squash. Pour the lemon sauce over the spaghetti/squash mixture and toss to coat. Mix in about 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese. Check seasoning and add, if necessary.
Scoop into four plates and top each with 1/4 cup dollop of ricotta.