Friday, March 7, 2014

Spaghetti squash and bacon casserole


Spaghetti squash... I can't believe there used to be a time in my life when I didn't really care for you. Now, you are all over my blog with tons of recipes (almost always involving cheese). Now, I'm a little sad to see that there are only two of you left in the basement. We've eaten our way through so many of you this winter and past fall. This may be one of my favorite ways yet...

This recipe was inspired by a recent post on The Kitchn; however, I changed it up quite a lot. I used the world's most amazing bacon from the half pig when purchased this year. Seriously, this is the smokiest, most delicious bacon I've ever had. I also used a couple of farm fresh eggs. This is a dish that could really be served at any meal. We had it for dinner with a side of broccoli, but I think it would be great for lunch or brunch as well because of the eggs and bacon in it. It would be a complete meal with a simple salad. This recipe will make about 4 main dish servings. 

I've been slacking a little bit lately on posts... not because I haven't been cooking, but I haven't been making a lot of new stuff and sometimes even when I do, I just haven't been in the mood to take photos of it... But, I have some new things coming up that I'm excited to try, so hopefully I'll be posting more frequently again very soon! 


Spaghetti squash and bacon casserole
1 spaghetti squash (about 2 to 2-1/2 lbs.)
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
5 slices of bacon
1 small-medium yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
2 large eggs
1/2 cup whole milk or half and half
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
parsley or extra dried thyme, for garnish, optional

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Halve the spaghetti squash lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Place on a baking sheet cut side up and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Bake until you can pierce it with a fork, about 25 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly. Turn up the oven to 400 degrees.

In the meantime, cook the bacon in a skillet until crisp. When crisp, set aside on a paper towel. Drain the bacon grease from the pan, leaving about 1 teaspoon. Cook the onion in the bacon grease over medium heat until it becomes translucent. Stir in the garlic, a pinch of salt, and a couple grinds of black pepper, and thyme and cook for another minute. Turn off the heat. 

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Then whisk in the milk/half and half and cornstarch until the cornstarch is dissolved. Stir in the 1/3 cup Parmesan. Use a fork to scrape out the spaghetti squash and add it to the bowl. If a lot of water has collected in the squash, drain it off first. Stir well to combine. Dice the cooked bacon and stir it into the mixture along with the onion and garlic mixture.

Use the paper towel from draining the bacon to grease a baking dish (I used an 8-inch round). Then pour the mixture in and spread it evenly. Top with the remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan.

Bake for about 23-25 minutes, until the casserole is slightly puffed and golden. Let cool for about 5 minutes and then serve topped with parsley or additional thyme, if desired.


What was I cooking one year ago?: Buffalo chicken macaroni and cheese
Two years ago?: fudgy coconut brownies
Three?: vanilla Chai tea
4?: Southwest turkey burgers

19 comments:

  1. I love all things squash! Your casserole looks hearty and delicious, Amy.
    Happy Friday!
    Angie

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  2. Ooh, this looks and sounds SO fantastic! I need to get in another spaghetti squash dish or two before they're completely out of season!

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  3. Yum, nothing like a casserole for comfort food! My hubby would love the bacon and I would love the squash. This is perfect for us!

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  4. This looks like the creamiest, cheesiest spaghetti squash ever. Delicious! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. What a great and creamy looking dish!

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  6. I love spaghetti squash and use it often as a pasta sub. I love the idea of eating it in a yummy casserole dish :)

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  7. I'm a spaghetti squash lover and you did it proud! This looks and sounds amazing Amy! I was drooling over the same post on the kitchn.

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  8. I have never seen a spaghetti squash.... this casserole looks delicious! I love veggie dishes like these.

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  9. What a great combination of flavors! Deliciously satisfying meal! :) ela

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  10. This is such a brilliant idea! Spaghetti squash combined with bacon and cheese - wow! I think this would not last long in my house! Thanks for sharing

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  11. The same thing happened to me. I went from having no interest in spaghetti squash to loving it! What a great way to use it.

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  12. Wow, this sounds really fantastic. Love the addition of the bacon!

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  13. This casserole looks delicious - everything is a bit better with bacon!

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  14. I love anything with bacon in it! And I know how you feel about making the same thing over and over and not feeling like taking photos :)

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  15. And in turn, you've gotten ME more excited about spaghetti squash! This looks like total comfort food.

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  16. Gosh, i really craving this kind of healthy and low calories cheesy caserole!!!

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  17. I need to gain access to a fresh pig...this looks and sounds like a delectable combination!

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  18. Everything is delicious with bacon. Blessings Catherine

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  19. this casserole looks absolutely amazing, amy! i love the versatility of spaghetti squash, and bacon rules.

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