Sunday, September 22, 2013

Pintester Movement, Try II -- Baked Cheesy Spaghetti Squash


Hey guys! The lovely Sonja of Pintester is holding another Pintester Challenge, and you know I'm all about that. Re-creating those seemingly "easy" pins with hilarious results? So much fun. I'm excited to be submitting to the Pintester Movement again, after having quite the experience last time...




Seriously, remember this disaster?



If not, go read about it now. Basically, I totally failed and ended up face-down in pork juice with bruises on my legs thanks to poor planning and doing it all the day of. I also ended up with dry, nearly inedible pork since I used the wrong cut of meat.

This time, I wasn't going to fail so hard. The rules this time around didn't even specify that it had to be a pin Pintester had already tried, so it'd be even EASIER to find some sort of tasty pin to test. THIS time, I was going to do it DAYS ahead of time, and it was going to be AWESOME!

Then I forgot. So, basically, I threw this together today. Baked, photographed, and even though I'm half falling asleep from a crazy hike (I don't hike, ever, I am TIRED) I am even blogging about it. Woo. The one thing I DID do ahead of time was set aside some pins for inspiration. Thankfully, one of the pins I'd saved as a potential pintester challenge (just ONE) included ingredients I already had on hand:



Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash. Yum! From The Skinny Taste.

It even was half-diet-friendly (no gluten, but much dairy) so I decided to give it a go. And then I burnt the squash.


Thankfully, some ended up being usable. I decided to scale down the recipe a bit, since I had a small squash with about 1/4 of the cooked part being too burnt to use, and fully de-gluten-ify it by subbing the flour for gluten-free flour. Casserole became ramekins, in three perfectly portioned servings.


Then I added a squeeze of Sriracha, for flavor. And ended up forgetting the chicken broth. But it came out okay.

Actually, it kind of came out better than okay. This dish is over 50% vegetable AND MY BOYFRIEND ACTUALLY ATE IT. I mean, I had to add sausage to it, but still. I wish I had more energy to throw out a penis joke or something in honor of Pintester, but I just am too tired. I just used the word "sausage" and I am too tired to make a joke about it! Ugh. I lost my penis jokes at the mountain summit, I'm sorry.


I DIDN'T FAIL AT THIS PIN! And I even changed some elements! I think this was a success. While not as funny or amusing as my last fail, I'm pretty proud of myself.

Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash
(Altered a little from The Skinny Taste)

  • 1 small spaghetti squash, cooked*
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 2 tbs gluten free flour
  • 1 to 1.5 cups milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 tsp Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of choice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 large handful baby spinach, chopped (and any other veggies you'd like!)
  • 3 tbs grated Parmesan

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

-Scoop out spaghetti squash and set aside in a bowl.

-Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook until just tender. Stir in flour and whisk until well combined. Slowly add milk and whisk vigorously until thick (it should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon but not too much thicker, add more milk if needed). Add sriracha and garlic powder.

-Add cheddar cheese and remove from heat. Stir until cheese is melted and well incorporated. Mix into spaghetti squash, and add spinach.

-Bake for 30 minutes, or until cheese has browned.

*There are many methods of cooking spaghetti squash. I think it comes out best if sliced lengthwise, seeded, and pricked all over with a fork and baked at 400 for about 45 minutes. You can also microwave it with a bit of water for ten minutes.

For more examples of Pintesting, head over to today's Pintester blog post! All participating blogs are listed. Go forth and comment, because in the words of Sonja herself: "...comments are the fuel that drive our little bloggy engines."

43 comments:

  1. The ramekins are really cute and bonus, they create an instant portion control. Great post. I have been meaning to try more squash recipes so I will have to add this one the next time I menu plan.

    Have a fabulous day!

    Cherin //masterfullyme.com

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    1. Hehe yeah! It would have just been sad and flat in a casserole dish. Now it's cute and portioned, yay!

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  2. I have always been terrified to try to make spaghetti squash...but you have given me the confidence to try it out! Love your cartoon at the top of the site...I will bookmark you...can't wait to read more!

    Kristen - mommyinsports.com

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    1. I love spaghetti squash. Some things to keep in mind: it will never taste exactly like spaghetti, so don't expect it to, just go into it thinking it's a new vehicle for sauce. It is WATERY so definitely squeeze out the liquid after baking, maybe even leave it in a colander with a bit of salt for a while.

      It's really tasty, and so versatile. Give it a try!

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  3. First, Finn, what a little lovebug! Second, I love spaghetti squash, so this is probably quite yummy. I use it for spaghetti and don't miss the pasta at all.

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    1. Me either! And it costs a heck of a lot less (and has less carbs) than the gluten free pasta. Win!

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  4. I need to try basghetti squash again ... last time I ate it, I felt it was strangling the dangly thing in the back of the throat. good job~!!

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  5. I love spaghetti squash, and how fun to bake it in pretty ramenkins! It's getting cold and this recipe seems so comforting and delicious!

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    1. It was almost like a lovely cheesy soup. Perfect for fall! In the future I might add some sort of crumbly topping to it.

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  6. These look awesome!! I am always afraid of trying squash but after your success (even with altering ingredients) I think I'll give it a try!!

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  7. I love spaghetti squash but am having a hard time convincing my husband. BUT he loves sausage (ha!) and sriracha so this might just do it. Good job exhastablogging!

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    1. This comes out more like a casserole. In all honesty, the spaghetti squash bits get kind of lost in the entirety of the recipe. So load it with sausage (heh), add some less offensive veggies, and use his favorite cheese. I think you'll have a win!

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  8. I don't know how I feel about eating that many vegetables in one setting, but it looks delish! I may have to try it. Glad this pin worked out much better than last time :D

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    1. My boyfriend is a self-proclaimed hater of all green foods, and he even ate this. Must be the addition of sausage and the amount of cheese. I'd give it a try!

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  9. This looks good! I'll have to give this one a try. Adding sausage would definitely make it more palatable to the rest of my family. :-)

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  10. Great job! I'm totally going to try this one :-)

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  11. I love spaghetti squash. It looks fabulous with that cheesy sauce. Win!

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  12. Omnom! Looks delicious! Glad this one turned out for you, since the last one... uh... didn't. ;)

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  13. You have inspired me to try spaghetti squash! This looks delicious!

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  14. That looks really good. I think I need to go buy a spaghetti squash.

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  15. Your photographs are flippin beautiful! AND I would actually eat this if someone made it for me, without complaining, at all. Awesome job!

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    1. Wow, thanks! I didn't have the time/energy to edit the pictures, so it's just what I took with the camera. Glad you liked them! :)

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  16. Ooooo looks yummy. Love the little containers. Great job.

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  17. This looks super good. My dislike of spaghetti squash turned to love a couple years ago when I started making spaghetti squash gratin and then an Italian spaghetti squash bake. Cheese + the oven makes it so yummy!

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    1. Yeah, baking it tends to help improve the flavor and texture. Glad you joined the dark side, too!

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  18. So, when you reached the peak of the mountain, you lost your ability to make penis jokes; it happens to the best of us. This looks awesome and I, like your boyfriend, and not a big veggies fan. I also have a tendency to fail at spaghetti squash (oh lord, it comes out so soggy), but this looks good enough that I might give it yet another try.

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    1. I know, right? I had such a good one last time... not really though, more like an observation. But whatever.

      Try baking it skin side up, might help with the soggy! Also letting it strain in a colander a bit might also help.

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  19. Oh my gosh, that looks so good, and I was just thinking that I should try and cook squash more often. I definitely want to try this!

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  20. YES for your non-fail!! I never have any idea what to do with spaghetti squash...but this is pretty perfect. And I bet I could even get the.boy to eat it!

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    1. If MY boy eats it, yours definitely will. Mine said his personal hell would be being served broccoli for eternity. He is NOT a veggie lover...

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  21. This is how new recipes get created. Take the ingredients on hand and put your own twist on it. Good job!

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  22. These looks pretty tasty to me! Definitely a win this time around.

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  23. I love spaghetti squash but my husband hates it. I wonder if this recipe could get him to eat it. Maybe, especially if I hid the spinach with sausage.

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