The season of shellacked vegetables and decorative gourds has arrived. When that crispy cool air blows in, all we crave are warm comfort-style foods. This recipe puts a healthy spin on a traditional pasta marinara, without sacrificing those savory, satisfying flavors.
1 spaghetti squash
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic (diced)
3 Walnut Burger patties (crumbled and browned)
1 cup of your favorite marinara sauce
1/2 cup fresh spinach
Parmesan cheese, for garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Half the spaghetti squash lengthwise, and clean out the seeds. Then, place the halves, skin down, on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes, to soften and roast the inside a bit. Next, remove the squash from the oven. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat; add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Then, remove the squash from the skin and add to the saucepan.
Cook, for a few minutes, stirring to help meld the flavors together. Then, add about 1/4 cup of water to the saucepan and cover with a lid to allow the squash to steam for about 10-15 minutes. While the squash is cooking, in another saucepan, crumble 3 Walnut Burger patties and cook until browned.
Taste the squash to ensure it is soft enough to your liking. Then, stir in the fresh spinach and marinara sauce. Once the spinach is wilted and the sauce warm, it’s time to plate. We used the empty squash half as a bowl for fun. Fill with the spaghetti squash, top with Walnut Burger crumbles and freshly grated parmesan, and enjoy!