spaghetti squash with tuna tomato sauce

ingredients
all
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp crushed red pepper
7 oz albacore tuna
packed in oil
1 can crushed tomatoes
28 ounces
3 sprigs fresh Italian parsley
finely chopped
1 tsp fresh basil
chopped
salt
to taste
1 medium spaghetti squash
about 6 pounds
parmesan
finely grated
cookware
With this recipe, you can easily enjoy the texture of spaghetti without the carbs. The tuna also enhances the red sauce and is completely satisfying. Since the spaghetti squash cooks in the microwave, clean up is also pretty easy.
1
Heat the oil and crushed red pepper in the saucier over medium-low heat.
2
Add the tuna, including the oil in which it was packed, and stir until it's just heated through.
3
Add the tomatoes, parsley, basil, salt, and pepper. Turn up the heat and bring it to a boil then reduce immediately to a simmer. Cook uncovered for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4
While the sauce simmers, microwave the squash for about 5 minutes per pound. Rotate the squash every 5 minutes so that it cooks evenly. The surface will be slightly soft when it's fully cooked.
5
Once the squash is cool enough to handle, cut it in half crosswise. (Splitting it at the "equator" yields longer strands.) Snip out the webby center housing the seeds and discard. Scrape the inside of the squash with a fork. This will produce spaghetti-like strands.
6
If the outer layer of squash doesn't yield its flesh, microwave the squash halves again for another 5 minutes, then scrape out the rest of it.
7
Check the tomato sauce for seasoning. Add salt if needed.
8
Transfer spaghetti squash to each plate and top with the tomato tuna sauce. Garnish with grated parmesan and enjoy immediately.
source: sauce recipe adapted from Adriana and Mary Trigiani's Cooking with My Sisters