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Almost Pasta Primavera

Categories: Vegetables Dairy, Pasta


3 1/2 lb Spaghetti squash --1 medium
1c Broccoli flowerets --fresh
1c Zucchini --small, sliced
1c Mushrooms --fresh, sliced
1c Carrot --sliced
1 Clove garlic --small, crushed
3/4 ts Reduced calorie margarine, -melted
1tb Skim milk
1/2 c Part skim ricotta cheese
1tb Parmesan cheese
1/2 ts Imitation butter flavoring
1/4 ts Salt
1/2 ts Italian seasoning
1/8 ts Coarsely ground pepper


Wash squash; cut in half lengthwise and discard seeds. Place squash, cut side down, in a Dutch oven; add 2 inches water. Bring water to a boil, cover and cook 20 minutes or until squash is tender. Drain squash and cool. Using a fork remove spaghetti-like strands.

Measure 3 cups of strands; set aside. Remove remaining strands for other use. Steam vegetables 5 to 7 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain well. Combine squash strands and vegetables, tossing gently. Cover to keep warm; set aside. Saute garlic in margarine in a small saucepan; remove from heat. Add milk, cheese, buter flavoring, and seasonings to saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is hot (do not boil). Spoon cheese mixture over vegetable mixture, tossing gently. Food Exchanges per serving: 1 food exchange + some free vegetables, 1/2 high-fat meat + 1/2 fat exchanges.... {I found this on the cooking echo, it sounded sooo good! It may be worth trying out as soon as I can convience "Bert" that squash is good for you and yours.;-) which is the reason why I put it in my diabetic recipes file} Yields 6 servings (about 77 calories, 4.5 grams protein, 2.5 grams fat, 10.3 grams carbohydrate, 7 milligrams cholesterol, 171 milligrams sodium, and 331 milligrams potassium per serving).

Source: "Southern Living: 1986 Annual Recipes" Oxmoor House, 1986. Shared by: June Hoffman, 7/93

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