Recipe: Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Grapes
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Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Grapes
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
1 large spaghetti squash
¹⁄³ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
½ cup chopped walnuts, divided
2 cloves garlic
2 cups packed basil leaves
1 cup packed arugula
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest
¹⁄³ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
¼ tsp. salt
freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 cup cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1½ cups red California grapes, halved
Heat oven to 400°F. Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Using fork, poke shallow holes in skin of squash then brush with 1 Tbsp. oil and place it, cut-side down, in rimmed baking dish. Bake 30-40 minutes, or until tender.
To make pesto: In food processor, process ¼ cup walnuts, garlic, basil, arugula, lemon juice and lemon zest until well chopped. Add remaining olive oil, Parmesan, salt and pepper; process until well blended.
Once squash is done baking, remove from oven. Cool squash 5-10 minutes then, using fork, scrape inside flesh of squash, removing “spaghetti,” and place it in large bowl. Add pesto and beans to cooked squash and toss gently with tongs to combine. Divide equally into six bowls and top each with ¼ cup grapes and 2 tsp. chopped walnuts.
Nutritional information per serving: 290 calories; 7 g protein; 24 g carbohydrates; 20 g fat (62% calories from fat); 3 g saturated fat (9% calories from saturated fat); 5 mg cholesterol; 160 mg sodium; 6 g fiber.