Spaghetti Squash with Pesto Shrimp
I love spaghetti squash. It has become my new favorite food because of how delicious it is and there is so much you can do with it. Check out one of my favorites.
1 4- pound spaghetti squash
1 tablespoons to 2 olive oil
Salt and pepper
PESTO SAUCE ( or you can buy it at Costco or Trader Joe’s :)
½ cup tightly packed basil leaves
½ cup tightly packed parsley leaves
2 cloves garlic minced
1/3 cup pine nuts
¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
½ cup olive oil
FOR THE SHRIMP
1 pound raw shrimp peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic minced
ROAST THE SPAGHETTI SQUASH
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up! (you’re welcome)
Heat the spaghetti squash in the microwave for 4-5 minutes to soften it so you can cut it. Carefully cut the squash in half length-wise.
Use a spoon to scoop the seeds out of each of the halves.
brush each half with olive oil.
Place both halves cut-side down on a baking sheet.
Roast the squash for 45 to 60 minutes or until the flesh is tender. Remove from oven and allow squash to cool about 10 minutes.
When the squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to gently scrape the insides, making it look like noodles. Do this to both sides and place in a large serving bowl.
PREPARE THE PESTO SAUCE
Add all ingredients for the pesto sauce to a small blender (or food processor) and blend until it reaches desired consistency. I blended mine until smooth.
SAUTÉ THE SHRIMP
In a large skillet, heat the oil to medium.
Carefully place the shrimp on the hot skillet, and add the garlic.
Allow shrimp to cook until it begins to plump and turn pink, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Flip shrimp to the other side and allow it to cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes, or until cooked through.
Lower the heat to medium-low, and add the pesto sauce and prepared spaghetti squash and cook until everything is hot. Fold everything together and cook until everything is hot.
Serve with pine nuts, fresh lemon wedges, and grated parmesan cheese (optional)