My husband said not to do another post on spaghetti squash (“it’s too soon!”), so I am posting out of rebellion (“I’m an independent woman!”) and because I have leftover spaghetti squash from my recipe for Roasted Veggies and Chicken Sausage Over Spaghetti Squash. I don’t always love squash. Oftentimes it can taste like a basement (or to Californians, a garage? We don’t have basements), and have little texture. I think you will find this take on spaghetti squash very flavorful and fresh, and a “go-to” recipe for a healthy side.
I like to buy my pine nuts in bulk and keep them in the freezer (they are a fatty nut so they can go bad easily), for using in my homemade pesto during the summer. If you don’t feel like splurging on these little guys (although I suggest you do), I think that chickpeas would be nice in their place and then this dish could be even eaten as an easy main dish.
Lemon Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts and Feta
- 4 cups cooked spaghetti squash
- juice of 1 lemon, about 1/3 cup
- 1/4 cup olive oil (can use even less, it doesn’t need much)
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley
- 1/2 cup toasted pine nutes
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
1. Toast pine nuts in pan over medium heat until lightly browned, about 4 mins and set aside
2. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, s&p, and parsley in a small bowl.
3. In my case, I had to reheat the squash. I did this in a heavy pan over medium-high heat until it was steaming.
* If you have just cooked the squash and it is still hot, then skip the previous step.
4. Combine the lemon juice mixture, pine nuts and squash in a large bowl. Mix well.
5. After plating the squash, top with a Tbs or so of feta. I saved this step for last, because I had crumbled feta in my fridge and I was afraid it would be lost in the hot squash if I mixed it too early (I like to have some chunks). If you have a block of feta, I think that mixing in small cubes (1/2 inch size or so) to hot squash would work well too!
If you make it, let me know what you think! Honest feedback!