Hi, and welcome!
I don’t usually like to make pasta dishes. Besides our favourite Macaroni Lasagna, we don’t eat a lot of pasta casseroles. It’s probably due to the fact that pasta is a high calorie carb. Did you know one serving of cooked pasta is only 1/2 cup!? Like I really only want to eat 1/2 cup of cooked pasta. It feels like I’m eating nothing.
Oh, and did I mention that my kids don’t really like pasta noodles. I know, weird right? What kid doesn’t like pasta?! My kids, that’s who.
So, that being said, I turn to my favourite pasta alternative…spaghetti squash. Personally I love any type of squash, but spaghetti squash is pretty neat. Once you cook it and shred it, it looks just like spaghetti, hence the name, spaghetti squash.
When I found a recipe for baked chicken and pasta casserole, I knew I just had to try making it with spaghetti squash.
As it turns out, I fooled everyone. Okay, so maybe after a few bites they realized it wasn’t real “spaghetti”, but they sure didn’t complain. They ate every last bite. Because not only is there spaghetti squash in this dish, but there is also some moist chicken and of course some ooey, gooey melted cheese! Oh, and spinach. But you can hardly notice that.
Our whole family loved this dish. It was so flavourful.
And at only 226 calories per serving, what’s not to love?! Just to compare…if I had used penne pasta, as the original recipe calls for, the calorie count would be 360 per serving. So, I just saved you over 140 calories! Plus, you get the extra serving of vegetables with the spaghetti squash.
Serve this meal with a side salad and enjoy!