Spaghetti Squash Mac & Cheese
Low carb and gluten free! Tastes good too! This is a great way to have a pasta style dish without the carbs and sugar. Spaghetti squash! It's a little bit on the sweeter side, like a sweet potato, but it makes a great substitution for pasta.
I wanted to try and make a classic, macaroni and cheese! So I swapped out the macaroni for squash.
You will need:
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt & pepper
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- 1 cup milk
- 3 1/4 cup shredded cheese (any kind you like, I'm partial to the sharp cheddar)
- 3 green onions (chopped)
- 4-5 mushrooms (sliced)
- 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
First, you will need to cook the squash. Pre-heat oven to 375, start by cutting it in half length ways and scooping out the pulp and the seeds in the middle. Then, drizzle the flesh side with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place the flesh side down on a baking tray and bake for 30-45 minutes, until the flesh and rind is tender to a fork. Let it cool, and then just take a fork to it, running it from one side to the other. The squash should fall apart into nice, pasta like noodles! Put this aside.
Now that the "mac" is done, time for the cheese! Turn the oven down to 350. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.
Now, in a small sauce pan, whisk the corn starch and a little salt and pepper. Then, over medium heat, add the milk and stir until the mixture starts to thicken.
Once it starts to get thick, slowly add the shredded cheese (not the Parmesan) , until it's reached the consistency you desire. Take off the heat as soon as it does.
Time to put it all together!
Put the squash in the casserole dish and pour the cheese sauce over and add the mushrooms. Mix together to coat with the cheese and to disperse the mushrooms. Top with the green onions and Parmesan. (add more shredded cheese if you so please)
Put all this deliciousness in the oven and bake for about 20 min, until the top cheese is melted and the mushrooms are cooked.
Let cool and then enjoy!
You can add any kind of meat if you want, as well as other veggies. This is a great base for tons of variations!