Golden Strings: Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts, Sage, and Romano

Revel in the splendor of Golden Strings, a delightful dish where spaghetti squash takes center stage. The natural stringy texture of the squash mimics traditional pasta, while pine nuts add a delightful crunch. Aromatic sage and piquant Romano cheese elevate the flavors, making every bite a symphony of textures and tastes.

A tantalizing close-up of the Golden Strings Spaghetti Squash, where the stringy texture of the squash shines, complemented by the glint of golden pine nuts, fragrant sage, and a generous garnish of Romano cheese.

Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4 servings 
Ideal Serving Size: 200 grams per serving

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calorie Count: 220 kcal per serving
  • Macronutrient Breakdown:
    • Carbohydrates: 30g
    • Proteins: 8g
    • Fats: 9g

Ingredients (Measured in Grams)

  • Spaghetti squash - 800 grams
  • Pine nuts - 50 grams
  • Fresh sage leaves, finely chopped - 10 grams
  • Romano cheese, grated - 100 grams
  • Olive oil - 30 grams
  • Garlic, minced - 5 grams
  • Salt and pepper to taste
An artistic overhead shot that displays the whole spaghetti squash in its halved glory, brimming with the delicious mixture of pine nuts, sage, and Romano.

Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Halve the spaghetti squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.
  3. Drizzle olive oil, salt, and pepper over the squash halves and place them face down on a baking sheet.
  4. Roast in the oven for 40 minutes or until tender.
  5. Once cooked, use a fork to scrape out the "spaghetti" strands from the squash.
  6. In a skillet, heat some olive oil and sauté garlic until aromatic. Add pine nuts and sage, cooking until pine nuts are golden.
  7. Toss the spaghetti squash in the skillet, mixing well with the pine nuts and sage.
  8. Serve warm, garnished with freshly grated Romano cheese.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • To enhance the flavors, drizzle some truffle oil before serving.
  • Pair with a light white wine to complement the nutty and herbal flavors.
  • Toasting the pine nuts beforehand can add an extra layer of depth.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use other nuts instead of pine nuts? Yes, walnuts or pecans can be a suitable substitute.
  • How can I store leftovers? Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days.