For roughly six years now, I’ve been a hard core passenger on the spaghetti squash train.
What’s to love about this gargantuan gourd?
It’s much lower in carbohydrates and calories than the traditional pasta, is packed with vitamins like C (protein growth and repair+immune health) and B6 (energy metabolism and hemoglobin production), makes a large amount at once, and, most importantly, is weirdly similar to the real deal.
Not only that, it's super easy peasy lemon squeezy to make (seriously, it can be microwaved). As a new mom, all my cooking endeavors these days must be as easy as possible.
Alrighty friends, if you haven’t hopped on this spaghetti squash party train, today is your day, y’all.
For those of you new to the spaghetti squash world, I can’t promise you it’s going to be the exactly texture and consistency of your beloved carby indulgence of pasta, but it is a healthy adjustment that won’t be too hard to transition yourself and your family into, I promise.
Case in point: The first time I served it back to Mister Healthy Happy Texan back in our first year of marriage (a year of MANY healthy recipe FAILS…chocolate tofu pie?! What was I thinking?!), he wasn’t quite sure what to think of it. He ate it thanks to the scrumptious homemade marinara and shaved parmesan melting atop it. To ease him into the whole spaghetti squash situation, I started making his plates with half pasta and half squash. With time though, those pasta training wheels started disappearing without my telling him until one day he perplexingly asked me, “Are these noodles or squash?” When I fearfully replied they were, in fact, 100% squash, he merely shrugged and said, “Huh, couldn’t tell.” This is the man that has the Whataburger app and wants a family size bag of Oreos for his birthday cake. The impossible is possible.
These days, Mr. HHT not only tolerates spaghetti squash but he wolves it down. I haven’t bought pasta in years and don’t plan on doing so.
If you still are feeling skeptical about spaghetti squash, this is a fantastic recipe to ease into with. For one thing, it has a ton of pizza toppings mixed into it and tossed on top. Second, when you bake the spaghetti squash with the whisked eggs, it gets a nice texture contrast between the crisp top and edges and the fluffy, custardy inside.
For my pizza casserole, I honestly started looking around my fridge and freezer for pizza-like ingredients. Upon further investigation, I was able to round-up some chicken sausage, yellow onions, chopped frozen spinach, and black olives for my toppings and mix-ins.
The beauty of this recipe is that you could swap out any of those ingredients I just listed for something else. Oh my lanta, if I started to list the possible other ingredients to throw into this casserole, we would literally be here all day. Something that would be a magical topping that I have not tried yet but may just have to indulge in soon is a fried egg…I’m so glad fried eggs have now become a condiment for burgers and pizzas…they just make everything better (except ice cream. I do have boundaries).
Did I mention this casserole is freezer-friendly? I may have tested this recipe out back in my nesting days of my third trimester and have half of one of these bad boys in my freezer as we speak.
Do you have a house of picky eaters? You can easily have this be a cheese pizza casserole and keep it plain Jane.
Do you have a house of carnivores? Be meattastic with chicken, ham, sausage, and bacon. And throw on a fried egg for good measure!
Do you have an inner gourmet chef begging to be released? Throw in some sautéed asparagus, capers, prosciutto and lemon zest and top that bad boy with a sprinkling of goat cheese and smoked salmon (I am now drooling).
Whatever way your pizza freak flag flies, feel free to customize this casserole to embrace your personality, palette, and, often most importantly, pantry.
Healthy Happy Texan
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