I’m not the only person desperately wishing it was October, am I? Sorry to all you summer-lovers out there; I am so over this heat and humidity. Give me 65 degrees, grey clouds, and maybe a light misty rain and I am super happy. I think that’s why I enjoy fall and winter foods (aka comfort foods) the most, but rarely want to eat them in summer when it’s sweltering outside. Even with the alfredo sauce, this recipe is much lighter than a traditional heavy pasta dish but still brings the same level of comfort, and is something I can enjoy all year round. If you follow me on Instagram you know my obsession with roasted broccoli is real (I eat it probably 2-3 nights a week every week) so I decided to come up with a new way to incorporate it into my weekly menu.
I split the spaghetti squash open lengthwise, removed all the seeds, drizzled with olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, turned it over so it was cut-side down, and roasted it in the oven for 40 minutes. When it came out, I flipped each half over and let them cool for 15 minutes.
At the same time, I took a bag of frozen broccoli, put it on a foil-lined sheet I coated with non-stick spray, drizzled it with olive oil, and seasoned it with salt and pepper. I roasted the broccoli in the oven for 15 minutes, removed it to flip over each piece, and then roasted it another 15 minutes. You could certainly use fresh broccoli, but I find frozen florets to be extremely easy to use (and inexpensive!).
To create the alfredo sauce, I melted butter in a pot over medium-low heat and then added the heavy cream while whisking. After a few minutes I stirred in the grated parmesan, chopped garlic, and a little salt and pepper and let it come to a simmer. I cooked it about 5 minutes while it thickened. If desired, you can add 1/2 of a teaspoon of xanthan gum for extra thickness.
Using a fork, I scraped the squash and created the noodles. I added the squash to a large mixing bowl along with the roasted broccoli. When the alfredo sauce was finished, I poured it over the squash and broccoli and mixed everything together.
I spooned the spaghetti mixture into an 8×8 glass baking dish, topped it with some shredded mozzarella, and returned it to the oven for 10 minutes to melt the cheese and re-heat all of the individual components. After 10 minutes I turned the broiler on high for about a minute to make the cheese golden on top. When this comes out of the oven it’s extremely tender and flavorful, and super cheesy. You could easily add some grilled or roasted chicken or even beef if you wanted to bulk up the meal a bit, but I don’t think you’ll miss it. It’s meals like this that make me grateful I can still enjoy pasta dishes without the expense of high carb noodles.