Pecan Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Peas & Kale Recipe
🔪Prep Time: 15 minutes
👩🍳Cook Time: 20 minutes
1 medium (2-pound) spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise, seeds removed
Olive oil spray
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 shallot, chopped
1 bunch (12 to 16 ounces) kale, stems removed, chopped
1½ cups green peas (fresh or thawed frozen)
Pepita Parmesan, optional
½ cup pecan pieces
2 garlic cloves
2 cups loosely packed chopped greens of your choice (spinach, kale, or chard)
1 cup loosely packed chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons low-sodium vegetable broth (or water)
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and black pepper to taste
1Preheat the oven to 400°F .
2Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
3Place the two halves of the squash on the baking sheet, cut side up.
4Lightly spray the top with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
5Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the flesh is easily pulled apart with a fork. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
6While the squash is roasting, make the pesto : Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and process until mostly smooth (teeny chunks or pieces are okay), pausing to scrape the sides as needed. Set aside until ready to use.
7Once the squash is cool enough to touch, use a fork to tear the flesh into spaghetti-like strands.
8Heat the olive oil in a large shallow saucepan over medium heat.
9Add the shallot and cook until just translucent.
10Add the kale, peas, and squash strands and cook, stirring occasionally, until the kale begins to wilt.
11Stir in the pesto sauce. Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary.
12Serve immediately, topped with Pepita Parmesan, if desired. Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
13In the mood for pasta? Replace the spaghetti squash with cooked pasta of your choice. Rice would be another good option. In either case, pick up the recipe at step 2, making the pesto. To make this oil-free, you can replace all the olive oil with low-sodium vegetable broth or water.
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