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Spaghetti Squash with Browned Butter and Parmigiano Cheese

Incredible. Fabulous. Scrumptious. Delectable. Amazing. Mind-blowing. Wildly Delicious. Heavenly. Mouth-watering. Luscious. I don't have enough words in my vocabulary to adequately convey just how incredibly delicious this dish is. This deceptively simple little side dish is jam-packed with browned buttery goodness. A little browned butter magically transforms plain ol' spaghetti squash in to a dish that is so incredibly rich and sinful tasting you will feel like you are totally blowing your diet. No need to worry. When butter is lightly browned, it is so highly flavourful, a little goes a long way. There is no doubt about it - browned butter makes everything better.

Spaghetti Squash with Browned Butter and Parmigiano Cheese

1 whole spaghetti squash
freshly grated Parmigiano
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375 F. Lay a lightly  dampened cloth underneath your cutting board (this will keep the cutting board from moving around while you are trying to cut the squash, actually you should do this whenever you use the cutting board, you are much less likely to chop your hand off). Carefully, cut the squash in half lengthwise. I am not going to lie to you. This can be kind of an ordeal. Having a big, strong husband around is perfect for times like these. Once the squash is cut in half, scrape out all the guts and seeds ( the seeds can be roasted just like pumpkin seeds). Place cut side down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Roast for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Take a fork and scrape making long strands of "spaghetti". This can be done way ahead of time, even the day before.

Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add butter, about 1-2 Tbsp. for each half of spaghetti squash. Let butter get to the point that it looks like a light caramel sauce, keeping a close eye on it. Add the squash to pan, spreading out evenly. Season with salt and pepper and grated Parmigiano Let that cook for a few minutes before tossing it around and letting cook for a few more minutes.

Spaghetti squash isn't just for dinner. For my breakfast this morning, I sauteed up some diced Canadian bacon and onion with some leftover squash and topped the whole thing with a poached egg.  BEST. BREAKFAST. EVER.

Tags: Spaghetti Squash, Side, 

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