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This butternut squash spaghetti bake is a delicious low-carb pan with delicious butternut squash noodles.
Have you ever tried to cook with vegetable noodles? Our sponsor for this article, Green Giant, has just made this culinary trend even more attractive to busy moms with their practical frozen vegetarian spirals!
Butternut Squash Spaghetti Cooking
Although I love traditional pasta, it's nice to take a lighter approach to dinner. The giant green vegetarian spirals are gluten-free and contain 65 to 90% less calories than pasta.
The giant green vegetarian spirals are available in butternut squash, beets, zucchini and carrots. They really are the perfect swap-in for traditional pasta and they taste amazing.
Let's not forget all the nutritional value you get by increasing your intake of vegetables. My kids love butternut squash noodles, so this easy recipe for cooking butternut squash spaghetti was a big hit.
I'm not sure if you've ever made your own vegetarian spirals, but let's just say that it takes a little preparation and cleaning. There are nights when the last thing I want to do is clean up leftover vegetables from a kitchen tool before I can call it a day. The fewer dishes, the better for this mom!
How to Cook Butternut Squash Noodles
Wondering how to cook these fabulous butternut squash noodles? There are actually several ways to prepare vegetarian spirals of frozen green butternut squash, per package. You have the following options:
Microwave for 6-7 minutes at high power; drain excess water
Sauté, covered, in a non-stick skillet for 10-11 minutes; drain excess water
Boil on the stove for 1 to 3 minutes; drain excess water
I chose to heat my Veggie Spirals in the microwave because it was so quick and easy, but all of these methods only take a few minutes.
My butternut squash spaghetti has proven to be excellent using the microwave method. The squash noodles were tender, without being soggy. The dish was really delicious and something that I felt good about feeding my family.
Quick Tip: Just be sure to drain any excess water, regardless of which cooking method you choose to follow.
Before putting your butternut squash spaghetti in the oven for cooking, make sure to garnish with several slices of fresh mozzarella. Before serving, garnish with lots of chopped fresh basil.
I hope you will try this recipe and that the new giant green vegetarian spirals will inspire many delicious dishes!
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2 packets Vegetable Spirals with Green Butternut Squash
1 lb lean ground beef
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
1 24 oz. jar of marinara sauce
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1 cup fresh mozzarella cheese
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Season the ground beef with salt, pepper and Italian seasonings; brown well. Drain excess fat if necessary.
Add the jar of marinara sauce and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, microwave the giant green butternut squash vegetarian spiral packets, one at a time, following the directions on the package. Drain off excess water.
Add butternut squash noodles to the meat sauce and mix gently to combine.
Add the mixture to a 2 quart baking dish (9 x 13 would also work) and cover with fresh mozzarella slices. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Garnish with fresh basil, serve immediately and enjoy!
Be sure to drain excess water on your vegetarian spirals for best results.
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