Toddler Summer Squash Spaghetti

Ingredients

Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • Extra virgin olive oil
Tomato Sauce
  • 8 medium ripe tomatoes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet or white onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • pinch of sugar
  • pinch of salt
Zucchini
  • 2 small zucchinis, washed and sliced lenthwise
  • 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp thyme

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. To prepare the spaghetti squash, cut the squash in half, lengthwise, generously brush the entire squash with olive oil and bake, open face up for about an hour
  3. In the meantime, make the spaghetti sauce by first glancing the tomatoes in boiling water, and transferring them to a bucket of ice water in order to easily peel off the skin. 
  4. Dice and crush the tomatoes (fun activity for toddler to do by hand).
  5. In a large pot on low heat, add oil, garlic, and onion and cook slowly. Add the oregano, salt and pepper once the garlic and onion softens and is partially cooked.
  6. Add the tomatoes salt, and sugar, stir and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat and over the pot partially, simmer for 35 minutes. 
  7. Once tomato sauce has reduced to the desired consistency, remove from heat. 
  8. Fork check your spaghetti squash for doneness. It should be tender to the fork. Remove from the oven and let it cool. Set the oven to 450F for the zucchini
  9. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds. Set aside if you’d like to save the seeds. Use a fork to create “spaghetti”. 
  10. To cook the zucchini, lay the slices out on a baking sheet lined with parchment or silicone mat. Brush with oil and sprinkle with thyme. Bake at 450F for about 15 minutes each side. You want the edges to slightly brown. Let them cool completely before removing from the baking sheet.
  11. Fork check your spaghetti squash for doneness. It should be tender to the fork. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds. Set aside if you’d like to save the seeds
  12. Use a fork to create “spaghetti”. 
  13. Serve spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and a side of parmesan zucchini.

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