Spaghetti (Squash) with Beet Sauce

You can also use this beet sauce over your favorite pasta and spice it up by adding your favorite meatballs and/or sausage. Great for a change-up to your spaghetti sauce.
By / Photography By Liz Lajeunesse | January 26, 2016

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and place spaghetti squash face down. Wrap red beets individually in foil and place on the same baking sheet. Bake in oven for 40 to 50 minutes until both beets and squash are fork tender.

During the last 5 minutes of baking, heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, sauté for 2 minutes. Add garlic and continue to sauté for an additional 2 minutes. Add wine, balsamic vinegar, broth, milk, thyme, salt and pepper, stir and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove squash and beets from oven. Let sit for 2 minutes to cool. Remove beets from foil and chop, then add to sauce, bring back to a simmer for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, then turn off heat. Use an immersion blender (or transfer contents to a blender/food processor) and blend sauce on high until smooth. Stir in Parmesan cheese.

Use a fork to remove spaghetti squash from skin, pour beet mixture over squash. Garnish with fresh basil.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash, sliced in half lengthwise and seeds removed
  • 3 medium red beets, tops removed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup vegetable or chicken broth (or water)
  • ½ cup milk or cream
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil for garnish
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