For those of you that are unfamiliar with spaghetti squash, it is a large gourd that when cooked the insides come apart in strings similar to spaghetti, hence the name. With next to no calories it is a starch (well a veggie that mimics a starch) you can feel good about. I will give you step by step instructions on how to cook it. As for the sauce, try out mine or serve it with marinara and meatballs, garlic butter sauce or even bolognese style. Whatever you end up making, don't be afraid to get a little posh with your squash!
Spaghetti Squash Prep
Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp and Chorizo topped with Tequila Lime Tomato Sauce
1 Spaghetti Squash
4 small pre-cooked chorizo sausages (I love Goya brand), sliced
1/2 pound uncooked shrimp, tails removed
queso fresco, about 1/2 cup for topping
fresh cilantro for garnish
lime wedges for garnish
1/2 poblano pepper, minced
1/2 yellow onion, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 12 oz can of tomatos with green chillis
1 12 oz can of tomatos with habeneros
6 oz of tomato paste
1/2 cup chicken broth, low sodium
1/4 cup tequilla
juice from a lime
1 tablespoon sea salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon cumin
few turns of cracked pepper
While the squash is baking, prepare the sauce. In a medium sauce pan saute poblano pepper, onion and garlic for about 5 minutes until softened. Add cans of tomatoes, paste, broth, tequila, lime juice, salt, sugar, cumin and pepper. Stir until the sauce comes to a boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer until serving time, stirring occasionally. For picky eaters, put anywhere from half the sauce to all the sauce in the food processor to smooth, just before serving time. Put back in saucepan to simmer for 5 minutes before serving. I like the texture when I puree half and add it back in with the chunky.
Now have your boyfriend, guest, husband etc... prepare the squash while you in a small frying pan saute the chorizo and shrimp for about 5 minutes. The shrimp should be cooked through and the chorizo slightly browned.
To build the dish, place spaghetti squash on each plate, top with sauce, add meat, cheese and garnish with cilantro and a lime wedge.