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Spaghetti Squash Cacciatore with Oyster Mushroom: A Delicious Twist on a Classic

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In the realm of gourmet cuisine, there’s always a thrilling adventure awaiting behind every twist and tweak to traditional recipes. Today, I’m thrilled to introduce you to a recipe that merges comfort with gourmet – the Spaghetti Squash Cacciatore with Oyster Mushroom. Say goodbye to the stodgy pasta and say hello to a lighter, yet equally flavorful alternative.

The Charm of Spaghetti Squash: A Healthful Pasta Alternative

I adore making spaghetti squash as it’s a comforting dish that aligns well with gluten-free, paleo, Whole30, and PCOS meal plans. Today, I’m introducing one of my go-to recipes that showcases spaghetti squash, often dubbed nature’s pasta.

If you’re unfamiliar with this delightful dish, you’re about to discover a gem! Its texture and flavor are strikingly similar to traditional pasta, making the switch almost seamless. Packed with nutrients like vitamin A and fiber, it might just become your new favorite.

Spaghetti squash, characterized by its light yellow hue and oblong shape, transforms into stringy, pasta-like strands when baked. It’s a remarkable and wholesome alternative for pasta enthusiasts everywhere.

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Who is this Spaghetti Squash Cacciatore with Oyster Mushroom Recipe For?

Are you a health enthusiast looking for a low-carb alternative to pasta? Or maybe a gourmet aficionado wanting to explore a unique twist on a classic Italian dish? Or perhaps, you’re just a regular foodie who adores experimenting in the kitchen. This recipe has a little something for everyone. The fusion of nutrient-packed spaghetti squash, earthy mushrooms, and the rich flavors of a cacciatore sauce will woo your palate, making you come back for seconds…and thirds.


Why This Recipe is Simply Irresistible:

  1. Low Carb & Healthy: Spaghetti squash is a fantastic substitute for traditional pasta. It’s lower in calories and carbs, but high in vitamins and minerals.
  2. Gourmet Experience: The combination of cremini and oyster mushrooms adds a depth of flavor, transforming the dish into a gourmet experience.
  3. Versatility: Whether you want a comforting dinner or an impressive dish for a dinner party, this recipe will never let you down.

Kitchen Equipment Needed:

  • Oven & baking pan
  • Air fryer or grill pan (optional)
  • Skillet
  • Sharp knife & chopping board
  • Spoon & fork
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Spaghetti Squash Cacciatore with Oyster Mushroom

4-6 servings

Let’s Dive into the Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil (torn)
  • 14 ounces crushed tomatoes (canned)
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Pine nuts, to taste
  • 1lb oyster mushrooms, roughly chopped

Directions:

1. Spaghetti Squash Preparation:

Preheat your oven to 375F. Slice the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place both halves face-down in a baking pan and bake for 45 minutes. Flip them and bake for another 15 minutes. Once done, let it cool slightly. With a fork, scrape the insides to produce spaghetti-like strands.

2. Oyster Mushrooms Delight:

If using an Air Fryer, preheat to 375ºF and air fry for 8-10 minutes. For those using a grill pan, preheat it to medium-high heat, brush lightly with olive oil, and grill the oyster mushrooms until they’re charred on both sides, which will take about 8 minutes.

3. The Heartwarming Sauce:

In a skillet, warm the coconut oil on medium heat. Sauté garlic and onion until translucent. Add in the bell peppers, cremini mushrooms, capers, and spices, followed by the crushed tomatoes. Let it simmer for 7 minutes. Mix in the spaghetti squash and charred oyster mushrooms. Season to perfection and garnish with pine nuts.


Notes:

  1. Recipe Swaps: Can’t find oyster mushrooms? Shiitake or portobello mushrooms can serve as a good substitute.
  2. Shortcut: For a quicker version, you can use store-bought marinara sauce and just add the capers and mushrooms for extra flavor.
  3. Vegan Alert: For those avoiding animal products, make sure to use a vegan nutritional yeast.

FAQs:

1. Can I use green bell peppers instead of red or orange?

Absolutely! It will have a slightly different taste, but still delicious.

2. How long can I store the leftovers?

Stored in an airtight container, it will last up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Perfect for meal prep!

3. Any wine pairing suggestions?

A glass of Chianti or Pinot Noir pairs beautifully with this dish, enhancing the earthy flavors of the mushrooms and the richness of the sauce.


Last Bite:

There you have it, my fellow food enthusiasts – a gourmet dish that not only satiates your taste buds but also keeps your health in check. Perfect for those cozy dinners or impressing your guests on special occasions.

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Hi, I’m Valerie!

I'm an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), offering guidance to high achievers in aligning their lifestyle with well-being through daily wellness and self-care routines, promoting balance and harmony. Join me at Wellness Bum for tips on living well, and consider subscribing to my newsletter or booking a coaching session.