Autumn is here and I could not be more excited. I love the cooler weather, the changing leaves, comfy sweaters and football Sundays. Comfort food is a staple of autumn which can be tricky when eating low carb foods. Not eating pasta, rice or potatoes makes “stick to your ribs” meals a little difficult to pull together. I wanted to create a filling, hearty meal that is easy to prepare yet is still satisfying as the temperature gets cooler. The secret ingredient (which is not so secret) that makes this creamy and delicious is the garlic + herb goat cheese. The cheese and squash combined with spinach and bacon makes for an easy, comforting meal that will satisfy your low carb cravings this fall.
I used a large sharp knife to split two small spaghetti squashes in half lengthwise. You could use one large squash instead of two small, if you can find one. I used a large spoon to scrape out the seeds and other membranes from the middle of each half.
Next I drizzled the olive oil across all four halves and liberally sprinkled sea salt and fresh ground pepper across the halves. I turned them over so they were cut-side down on the baking sheet and roasted them in the oven for 40 minutes. When I pulled them out of the oven, I flipped each half over and let them cool for 20 minutes so I could easily handle them.
Next I added the bacon to a large pan and cooked it over medium heat until it was crispy. Normally I am a huge fan of cooking bacon in the microwave, but I wanted to use the bacon fat to saute the fresh spinach and create a bit of a sauce later. Once the bacon was crispy, I added the spinach and cooked until wilted and tender.
When the spinach was wilted, I added the spaghetti squash to the pan along with the crumbled goat cheese and stirred until the cheese melted and the spinach and bacon was fully incorporated. To serve, I piled the squash onto a plate with tongs and topped it with another ounce of freshly crumbled goat cheese. It is so creamy, with the fresh spinach and crispy bacon adding different flavors and textures to the squash. I love how homey and warm the dish is while being significantly lower in calories and carbs than a traditional pasta dish. What are your favorite fall meals? Share with me in the comments below!