I keep pinning new recipes to my Pinterest Cooking board, so I have to keep trying new recipes. I don't want my Cooking board to get too full. Once I try a recipe, I move it to a different board. I had found a recipe for spaghetti squash months ago but hadn't tried it. Spaghetti squashes were on sale when I went to the grocery store so I decided to try the recipe. I've had spaghetti squash before, but I didn't like it as a substitute for pasta. I kind of have an issue with foods trying to be substitutes for other foods to make dishes more healthy or lower calorie (I refuse to use the word "skinny." I want to scream every time I hear that word used to describe food or drink.). There's generally a reason I like a dish a specific way. If I'm going to eat spaghetti squash, I'm going to eat squash--not fake pasta.
It turned out good. Lots of flavor, but not too rich or heavy. I liked the combination of veggies with the eggs, cheese, and spices--a little rich but lots of freshness from the squash & spinach.
Here's my version of the dish:
Baked Spaghetti Squash & Spinach Carbonara
3 cups cooked spaghetti squash
4 cups uncooked baby spinach, torn into pieces
4 ounces pancetta, diced
1/2 small yellow onion, diced
2 large eggs
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
3/4 cups coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder or 2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
Heat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8 x 8 inch (or similar) baking dish.
In a heavy skillet, cook the pancetta over medium heat until it starts to get crispy and much of the fat is rendered off. Pour off much of the fat. Add the onions and cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until soft and beginning to brown. Add the spinach and saute until wilted. Remove from the heat.
In a large bowl whisk the eggs, then whisk in the ricotta. Fold in the cooked bacon, spinach, and onions, then 1/2 cup of grated cheese and the spices.
Mix the squash strings into the egg and onion mixture. Spread in the baking dish and top with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese.
Bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until firm and golden on top. Let it cool for 15 minutes before serving.