Healthy Recipe: Spaghetti Squash with Asparagus, Ricotta, Lemon and Thyme
September 30, 2021
This meal makes for a perfect fall lunch or dinner for two to four people.
This recipe is provided by Sonya Cecil, Vice President of Claims Administration at ABS, an Ascension company.
Makes 2 to 4 servings.
1 small spaghetti squash, about one-and-a-half pounds
1 tablespoon of olive oil, divided
2 cloves of garlic, smashed
1 pound of asparagus
¾ cup of ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, from about one medium-size lemon
1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves, from four to five sprigs
½ teaspoon of kosher salt
¼ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons of pine nuts, toasted
- Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 375°F.
- Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Brush the cut sides with a ½ tablespoon of the oil. Place cut-side down on one half of a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 35 minutes. Meanwhile, trim the woody ends of the asparagus and cut the stalks on a diagonal into two-inch pieces.
- Remove the backing sheet with squash, add the asparagus to the other side, and toss with the remaining ½ tablespoon of oil. Place a garlic clove beneath each squash half. Return the baking sheet to the oven and roast until the asparagus is tender and starting to char., and the squash is easily pierced with a fork, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place the ricotta, lemon juice, zest, thyme, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and stir to combine.
- Remove the baking sheet from the over and carefully remove the garlic cloves from beneath the squash. Add to the ricotta and mix well. Add the asparagus to the bowl.
- When the squash is cool enough to handle but still warm, run a fork through the flesh to separate and remove the strands from the shell. Add to the ricotta mixture and stir to combine. Divide between plates or transfer to a serving platter and top with pine nuts.
Nutrition per serving
14.6 grams or 0.51 oz. total fat
4.8 gram or 0.17 oz. saturated fat
9.5 grams or 0.34 oz. protein
16.4 grams or 0.58 oz. carbohydrate
6.1 grams or 0.22 oz. sugars
4.6 grams or 0.16 oz. fiber
297.7 mg sodium
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