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Spaghetti Squash Jalapeño Casserole
adapted from The Realistic Nutritionist
- 1 2.5 pound spaghetti squash, cut in half and seeded
- 1 1/2 cup 1% milk
- 1/4 cup light cream
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 jalapeños, chopped and seeded
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, part-skim
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, part-skim
- 1/3 cup bread crumbs
- Liberal dashes of salt and pepper
- Grease a 2 – 3 quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place spaghetti squash flesh side down on a plate. Microwave for approximately 9 minutes, until done. Let cool.
- When squash has cooled, use a fork to remove the spaghetti like strands. Place in a large mixing bowl.
- Meanwhile, heat butter in a medium size pan over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
- In another large sauce pan, heat milk, cream and chopped jalapeños in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 5 minutes, or until mixture is fragrant and thickening. Add in spaghetti squash and garlic, mix well to cover in the milk mixture. Add salt and pepper. Let cook another 2 – 3 minutes. Then, add cheese, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well to mix.
- Pour spaghetti squash mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top with bread crumbs and salt and pepper. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or until bubbly and top is golden brown.
- Use sour cream instead of the milk/cream mixture. I never could get the sauce to thicken, so the casserole was kind of a watery mess.
- Drain the spaghetti squash by squeezing it with paper towels after it has cooled. That should help with some of the extra water in the casserole.
- Create a roux by mixing melted butter and flour before adding the milk mixture. This should thicken up the sauce properly.
- Add more cheese, like pepperjack, for an extra kick of flavor!
Let me know if you give this recipe a try - I'd love to hear other opinions on it!