Cheesy Southwestern Spaghetti Squash Bake

Cheesy Southwestern Spaghetti Squash Bake - Chew Nibble Nosh

Every time I have spaghetti squash, I say to myself, “Self, we need to have spaghetti squash more often.” It’s such a great, healthy vehicle for so many things, and this latest creation, a deliciously cheesy southwestern inspired cozy casserole of sorts, was a dinner highlight last week. It was fresh and good for us, and surprisingly filling.  A little went a long way, and after a summer of indulgences, I need a few more meals like this one.

Spaghetti with Asparagus, Smoked Mozzarella and Prosciutto

Spaghetti with Asparagus Smoked Mozzarella and Prosciutto - Chew Nibble NoshMy girls are fairly decent vegetable eaters.  Emily will try more than Avery, but that’s the case with every food, not just veggies.  Asparagus, though, is one vegetable that they consistently turn their noses up at.  Since I’m a big ol’ meanie, I make different asparagus dishes every year, knowing that at some point, they’ll come to the dark (green) side.

This pasta dish helped…a bit.  The smoky, melty cheese and salty prosciutto added so much flavor to the dish, that they didn’t seem bothered by the asparagus.  In fact, Emily even ate some of it!  (One out of two ain’t bad, right?)

Pizza di Spaghetti

When it comes to portion sizes, I’m usually pretty good at figuring out how much of something I need to make to feed my family.  Usually.  When it comes to pasta, namely spaghetti, I always end up making too much.

After a recent spaghetti dinner night, I was left with this…

It was about two cups of leftover pasta.  I put it in the fridge, determined to figure out some way to use it, and I did, the following night!

Lemon Spaghetti

I love food that can multitask!  This is a perfect example.  This pasta recipe is quick, easy and fresh.  It’s kid-friendly and adult approved.  It can go it alone as a main dish, or it’s the perfect side dish for grilled shrimp, fish, chicken…you name it.  You can throw in extra veggies to plump it up.  The possibilities are endless!

So, here we go…

The sauce for this pasta is so easy to throw together.  It’s a raw sauce, so no cooking necessary!  Just whisk together some olive oil, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, lots of fresh lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

Ribollita with Spaghetti

What a strange winter we’ve had so far!  I know, I know…I live in Georgia.  “Winter”, in the true sense of the word, doesn’t really exist here.  From what I’ve gathered, though, it’s been pretty calm all over.  That’s all well and good, but one of my favorite things about chilly winter nights is being able to make a big pot of soup for dinner.  Since we haven’t had many cold nights this year, my soup making has hit a bit of an inspiration road block.  Then…last weekend happened.  Last weekend was MISERABLE! Not snowy, winter weather, but rainy, gray and gross all weekend long.  Sunday called for soup.  No, it begged for soup.  So, I complied.