January 23, 2012 | One Dish Meals, Side Dishes, Special
Spaghetti squash, that weird winter squash that stands out from it’s peers by shredding into strands when cooked, has been piling up at my house. I thought I had pawned it off on my daughter to eat, but I found several of them in our pantry after she departed for Hawaii. (She’s surfing and playing for 8 months until culinary school starts and is working as a cook at Morimoto Waikiki – how cool is that?!) So in my constant battle to add interest and flavor components to vegetables (aka disguise them), I created this easy casserole.When I have a bunch of winter squash, I usually cook it all at once. I can’t tell that much difference in taste between butternut, pumpkin, or the other varieties of winter squash. So I bake them all, let them cool, then scoop the cooked flesh into a freezer bag to use later in soups or sauces.But the spaghetti squash, with it’s stringy little strands, doesn’t work like this, so I turned it into a casserole instead. Simply combine cooked squash strands with ricotta, egg, sundried tomatoes, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and seasonings and bake. I served it with a simple marinara sauce which was a nice complement to casserole. But you don’t need to – the casserole is moist and flavorful on it’s own actually. And although I made mine in two ramekins because I was only making a quantity for 2, you can double this recipe and bake it in an 8 x 8 baking dish. Serve as a side dish or a vegetarian entree.
- 1 small spaghetti squash, cooked (about 2 cups cooked)
- ½ cup ricotta cheese
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- ¼ cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
- ⅓ cup slivered sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Mix all ingredients together and pour into two ramekins that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees until cooked through and bubbly, about 30-40 minutes. Serve with marinara sauce if desired.