Thursday, April 21, 2011

Spaghetti Squash Bake

I have to preface this post by saying that my husband DID NOT LIKE THIS DISH and he didn't like it for specific ONE REASON:  He hates Swiss Chard with a passion (what did it ever do to him?) In defense of the recipe, my 2 year old grandson LOVED it....He ate a TON of it and he kept saying..YUUUMMMM! with each bite.  So did I.

This recipe is a nice combo of Spaghetti squash strands, CHEESE (yum....cheese), light Alfredo sauce, balsamic vinegar, with two garlic, Chard layers.  Its filling, easily digestible and will not make you feel STUFFED.

Now here is the thing about swiss chard.  I planted some measly seeds...and BOOM!!  I have MASSIVE Chard plants that are of mutant size!  This is just ONE of about 8 plants I have. 

I love how my Chard garden looks.  The plants are gorgeous, delish and so healthy! But I don't get a chance to cook it too often due to the hubster.  I generally give it away. (if you want some, let me know!)  But part of healthy eating is getting in those green leafy vegetables...PLUS they grow in my back yard for goodness sakes!!  If you too are a Chard hater, substitute something else like Spinach (yes, he is not a fan either) or another veggie entirely (chopped up broccoli maybe?)

OK...onto the spaghetti squash.  Have you tried it?  It's got to be the most interesting thing ever!  After steaming it and "stringing" it with a fork, it makes spaghetti like strands that you can top with your favorite sauces, bake, or just put butter, Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper on it.  It doesn't have much flavor on it's own so it needs to have added salt, pepper and other flavors to give it any real umph!   At only 42 calories per cup making it is a bargain in calorie count making it OK to top with real cheese for a sinful bit of butter!

If you haven't seen a spaghetti squash they look like this:

Now, cut it lengthwise and BE CAREFUL.  The outer skin is HARD and if your knife is not very sharp, you can cut yourself. 

Now, seed it and wrap each side in plastic wrap.  Pop it in the microwave for 12 minutes and take out (leave wrapped) to cool a bit.

Then from the SHORT width, start shredding (or stranding) the squash with a fork:

Once all stranded, put into a bowl and Set aside.

The Recipe:

1 whole Spaghetti squash (about 4 cups) shredded into strands
6-8  cups chopped swiss chard, stems removed
1 cup onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 jar light Alfredo sauce (I used Classico)
4 oz aged Gouda (or Parmesan or other sharp cheese)
1 large can tomatoes, drained well
fresh basil, chopped (about 5 tablespoons or more to taste)
about 3 tsp olive oil
balsamic Vinegar

Heat oven to 375 degrees

Foil line a baking sheet and arrange drained tomatoes in a single layer.  Pop in the oven and let roast while you prepare other ingredients, remove when you get to assembly stage.

Meanwhile, cook your spaghetti squash as indicated above, set aside.

In a saute pan, add oil and heat until very hot.  Add onion and cook till brown. Add garlic slices and cook about a minute or two.  Add all swiss chard and cook until wilted and greatly reduced.  6-8 cups will make a small amount of sauteed chard, but enough for this recipe.  Set aside.


Spray an 8X8 pan with non stick cooking spray.  Add half the spaghetti squash and pat down lightly.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with balsamic.  Add half the alfredo sauce then top with Half the tomatoes, half the basil, half the chard mixture and half the cheese.  Repeat the layer ending with cheese.  Finish with another drizzle of balsamic.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes or until very bubbly and melty.   Pull out of oven and let sit for at least 10 minutes.

This will not hold it's shape when very hot (it will the next day though!!)

In the WW recipe builder 1/6th of this recipe is 7 points plus.....serve with your favorite sides, salad or bread.

From my home to yours, ENJOY!


  1. This is such a great blog! We love spaghetti squash but it can get a bit boring sometimes so this is perfect. We are trying to eat healthy but we seem to get in a bit of a food rut sometimes. This will help us out so much!Super excited for the endless possibilities you come up with on a whim....cant wait to see what comes next!

  2. I made this a couple nights ago and it was delicious. Even Nick liked it, which is saying something since it was a vegetarian dish. My only question is where exactly do you add the alfredo sauce? I got to the end of assembly and realized I still had the whole jar left. I just dumped it on top, and then, after serving, each person just mixed it all together. It was still really good, but I doubt that's the "right" way to do it.

  3. Thank you so much for catching my error (I need a blog editor!! LOl) I just corrected the recipe and re-posted. The alfredo goes on after the balsamic, before the chard and cheese. I am glad you like it and that the error did not cause significant problems!!

    Stay tuned for more great recipes with Speghetti squash in the future!