This side dish is simply delicious, considering how little is in it and how easy it is to make! The bacon and onion really GO together! If you don’t overcook the squash and are careful when removing the threads, you can serve this right in the shell for its own “bowl” for festive occasions! One reader suggests roasting the squash traditionally in the oven for added flavor if you have the time. This is suitable for all phases of Atkins and Keto diets.
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½ large spaghetti squash (yields about 4-5 c. cooked threads)
4 slices bacon, chopped fine
3 oz. chopped onion
1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese
¼ tsp. pepper
DIRECTIONS: Cut a large spaghetti squash in half. Remove seeds with a spoon and discard them. Place one half of the squash face down in glass baking dish, reserving the second half for some other use. Surround with with ½” water and microwave 13-15 minutes. Drain off water, invert, remove/discard seeds (or feed to the birds in your yard 🙂 ) and fork out the threads into the same dish. If you prefer to roast your squash: after you cut and seed the squash, add 2 cups water (1/2 inch deep) to a ceramic casserole dish; add squash face up and place in a 375 degree F oven for 45 minutes. Then cover for 10 minutes with foil. Fork out the threads onto a plate. Meanwhile, in a non-stick skillet, brown bacon bits and onion until bacon is done and onion is tender. Sprinkle salt, pepper and Parmesan on top of squash. Then spoon into the empty squash shell. Spread onion/bacon mixture evenly on top. Microwave 5 minutes on high, or bake in oven at 350º for 20 more minutes.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: Makes 4 servings each containing:
107 calories, 6.7 g fat, 4.8 g carbs, .8 g fiber, 4.0 g NET CARBS, 7.1 g protein, 429 mg sodium