Skinny Spaghetti Squash Alfredo

Skinny Spaghetti Squash Alfredo

So I’ve said this before but seriously, I love spaghetti squash. It is so easy and I am just fascinated by how it turns all stringy and spaghetti like! This is cool recipe becuase it actually is very rich and filling just on it’s own. I am to be honest, not a big alfredo fan. Not that I don’t like it but never really have made it and given the choice out at a restaraunt I’d rather have something more fresh tasting with tomatoes veggies etc….. Anyway, I thought I would give this a try with one of the squashes my mom gave me last time I visited her and it turned out really good! Hope you enjoy!!!

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INGREDIENTS:
1 spaghetti squash ( I used a medium/large sized one)

1 Tablespoon butter

3 cloves of garlic, finely minced

2 Tablespoons flour

1 cup milk (I used fat-free)

1 Tablespoon cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus 2 Tablespoons extra for topping

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Crushed red pepper flakes and fresh parsley or basil, for optional garnish

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

First, cook the squash. There are several methods to do this. I usually just cut in half and microwave for about 10-15 minutes. Usually thats how I do it because I can’t plan ahead/don’t have the patience to cook it in the oven but if you don’t want to use microwaves you can use your oven! Just cut spaghetti squash in half using a large sharp knife, scoop out the seeds and place cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet with some water on the bottom of the pan. Bake until tender, about an hour.

Once squash is cooked, use a fork to gently scrape the “spaghetti” strands into the center. Careful you dont burn your fingers. I usually do everytime, must be that patience thing again 🙂

For the sauce, melt butter in a small pot over medium-low heat. Once hot, add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Whisk in flour slowly, cooking for another minute while stirring. Whisk in milk until no lumps remain. Once hot, add cream cheese and stir until smooth. Remove from the heat. Stir in Parmesan, salt and pepper.

Spoon sauce equally into each spaghetti squash half. Gently mix the spaghetti strands to coat as much as possible with the sauce. Top with extra Parmesan and place under the broiler of your oven for 2-3 minutes, or until golden and bubbly.

Top each half with a pinch of red pepper flakes and fresh chopped parsley or basil, if desired. Serve hot and enjoy!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

xoxo

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Garlic Artichoke Bread

Garlic Artichoke Bread

Think of this as Cheesy Garlic Bread meets Baked Artichoke Dip, only it’s 50 times better than that 🙂

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Ingredients
2 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar and mozarella cheese blend
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup plain greek yogurt
1 large shallot, finely minced
1 small loaf ciabatta bread ( Really any type of bread would be fine)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
*I added about 1-2 tbs of fresh chopped basil and it was sooooo delicious!

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350-375

In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, melt the butter until foamy. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat, and stir in artichoke hearts, mozzarella, cheddar, Parmesan, sour cream and shallot until combined.
Slice/open your bread) Place the bread open face side up on the baking sheet,  and spread the cheese and artichoke mixture overtop. Bake until cheese is melty and it starts to brown and bread is hot. I finished it off with a few minutes under the broiler to get even better color! Then cut bread into servable size pieces and serve right away, while the cheese is still nice and melty and delicious.

I made this for a group of friends and they all seemed to enjoy it. I defineitly did! This would be great as an appitizer or side dish. Also you can totally make this ahead. I actually make the artichoke cheese mixture the day before and then just spread it on the bread and baked it and it turned out fan.tast.ic!

Enjoy!

xoxo

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White Lasagna with Sausage and Mushrooms

I was visiting a friend a few weeks ago and she made a turkey lasagna while I was there and it was deeeelicious! (Bridget if you’re reading this, you inspired me! 🙂 ) So I was telling Jake how it was kind of weird because I have never ever made a lasagna of any kind before by myself. Later that same day we were watching the Food Network (ok I was watching and Jake was in agony, kidding) and the show that was on was making a white lasagna. Jake and I thought it was a sign from God and decided this was the lasagna I should take a stab at first. So here is the 1st lasagna I’ve ever made in my life.

White Sausage & Mushroom Lasagna

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Ingredients

White Sauce:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups whole milk
3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Lasagna:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1-1.5 pounds bulk spicy Italian turkey sausage
3/4 cup sliced button mushrooms
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
15 ounces ricotta
1 large egg
1 cup finely grated Parmesan
Coarse salt
1 package no-boil lasagna noodles
2 small zucchini, thinly sliced
8 ounces shredded mozzarella
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the white sauce: Bring a medium saucepan to low-medium heat and add the butter. Once the butter is melted, stir in the flour with a wooden spoon; cook for 2 minutes (do not let it color). Add the milk and bring to a boil, continuing to stir. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 minute. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add in the Parmesan, whisking to incorporate. Season with salt and pepper.

For the lasagna: In a skillet over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and cook the turkey sausage until just beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue to saute until golden brown and the turkey is cooked through, 4 to 6 additional minutes. Season with kosher salt, pepper and granulated garlic. Stir well, and then shut off the heat and set aside to cool. (* I added actual real minced garlic to mine to enhance the garlic flavor 🙂 )

In a small mixing bowl, combine ricotta, egg, Parmesan, about 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt and a few rounds of cracked pepper. Spread 1/4 cup of the white sauce in the bottom of a 9- by 13-inch glass baking dish. Begin layering with 3 noodles, followed with about 1 cup ricotta mixture. Layer about half of the zucchini evenly over the ricotta. Follow with half the turkey sausage and mushrooms, finishing with 1 cup white sauce. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the mozzarella. Repeat. Top the second layer with 4 noodles, white sauce and sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella. Bake, covered with foil, for 30 minutes. (Try to tent the foil so it doesn’t stick to the cheese a lot and remove it all from the lasagna when you take the foil off!)

Remove from the oven and remove the foil cover. Heat the broiler to maximum temperature. Broil until the cheese is browned and bubbling, about 1 minute. Garnish with the parsley.

Because of the cheese and full fat milk, this isn’t the lowest cal/fat meal ever but I feel like the turkey sausage and zucchini make me feel a little better indulging in it’s deliciousness 😉 Enjoy with a nice glass of full bodied Chardonnay or a Rosé now that summer is almost here- and enjoy it!

Thanks for stoping by!

xoxo

G

Salad Caprese

SALAD CAPRESE

Soooo, one of my favorite things of ALL time would have to definitely be Salad Caprese, in any form imaginable.

It is possibly the most simple amazing thing to make. you need literally 3 ingredients(however I use like 6) haha…but still that is so simple.

1) TOMATOES

2) FRESH MOZZARELLA CHEESE

3) FRESH BASIL

4) GOOD OLIVE OIL

5) BALSAMIC VINEGAR

6) SALT

okkkk now for the tricky part:

Slice your tomato,mozzarella, and basil. Alternate slices of tomato and cheese and sprinkle with basil. Drizzle with olive oil and a tiny bit of balsamic vinegar and if you so like(I do) a bit of Kosher salt.  And beeeeeeeeehold:

HEAVEN

Try not to drool.

I have also made another version of this amazing invention! It is an party appetizer version of the same thing. So fun and cute and soooo easy to make and eat! You use all the same ingredients except in different forms. This time you will need GRAPE TOMATOES and small MOZZARELLA BALLS oh and toothpicks! I just slice the tomatoes in half and start poking away with the toothpick. I usually do Mozzaralla, basil, tomato. I find they don’t easily slip off that way and they stand up straight on a platter, but you can do what you like 🙂

How fun is that right?!? Fresh, Refreshing, Summer loving….ahhh. good food.

If you have recipes that are similar or another version, please share as I’m obsessed 🙂

Thanks for reading,

xoxoxo

-G