Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Spaghetti Squash and Broccoli Casserole

I like experimenting with spaghetti squash. I've made it a few different ways before and I have to say that this is definitely my favorite way as of yet! I found this recipe from a blog called Peas and Thank You, so check that site out too!

It has a lot of flavor and the melted/broiled cheese mixed in with the broccoli just adds to it!

   1 large spaghetti squash
   2 cups of marinara sauce
   2 tsp. dried oregano
   2 tsp. dried basil
   1/2 cup non-dairy cream cheese (I used Tofutti's Better Than Cream Cheese)
   1/4  cup nutritional yeast
   2 cups of broccoli
   1/2 cup of non-dairy mozzarella cheese (I used Tofutti for this too. Three slices broken up into little pieces.)
First thing you want to do is cook your spaghetti squash. This is the most difficult part because - let's be honest, spaghetti squash is a pain to cut in half! My upper body gets such an unnecessary workout every time I make it! So yes, cut it in half (carefully!) and then scoop out all the seeds and 'guts' from the squash.

Fill a microwave safe dish (that has a lid) with about a half an inch of water and place one half of the squash face down. Cover and microwave for about 10 minutes. Do the same with the other half, and then scrape the insides of the squash into a bowl and set it aside.

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large saucepan combine your marinara sauce, dry ingredients and the cream cheese. Heat over low heat until the cream cheese is melted and it starts to form a creamy sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Next, add the spaghetti squash and broccoli in with your sauce and stir it up so that everything is distributed evenly.

Transfer your mixture into a casserole dish that has been lightly spritzed with cooking oil and then add your cheese on top.

Place it in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted. You can also do what I did, and turn the broiler on for a little bit so your cheese gets nice and bubbly!

  Look at how creamy it turned out! So so good!