I tell ya, it’s not easy naming recipes. There’s just too much that I want to convey in each recipe. Simply, this dish is a gluten-free version of a spaghetti stuffed acorn squash. But, it’s much more than that.
It’s roasted butternut squash noodles tossed in a fresh turkey bolognese sauce, stuffed into a roasted acorn squash and topped with gooey melted gruyere cheese. Remember when I said cheese was my exception?
After the eBook fiasco, I really needed something comforting. What do I turn to? Bolognese. However, I had an intense gym workout that morning and I didn’t want to “undo” that with a big bowl of carbs.
Oh and also, I don’t even have real pasta in my pantry. I did have about 4 butternut squashes. I also had gruyere cheese that I was saving for a “wine and cheese” night. But heck, ya gotta prioritize! And something cheesy was a number 1 priority.
I wasn’t sure which way to stuff the acorn squash. Should I roast it, scoop out the flesh and combine it into the bolognese (featured to the left, below)? Or, should I roast it and then just stuff in the bolognese (featured to the right, below)? Well, as the recipe title says, I tried it both ways.
I liked the one on the left better. I loved the way the flavors of the acorn squash mixed in with the bolognese. Plus, I was able to stuff in more butternut squash noodles. Each spoonful was jam-packed with bolognese, acorn squash and butternut squash noodles.
To be honest, I could have eaten this without the gruyere, it was so juicy. If you don’t eat dairy, skip it!
But, the gruyere really does put the cherry on top. I couldn’t wait to cut in when it came out of the oven. Waiting to eat it while I photographed was torture.
Finally, I dug in. Gruyere cheese is amazing and adds a silky smooth coating to the vegetables. Outstanding.
As my boyfriend says when he eats something decadent that has no wheat, “But it’s gluten-free!”
This is the type of dinner you want when you’ve had a long or rough day. It’s got everything – lean proteins, loads of veggies and its topped off with something that makes you feel like you’re eating something indulgent. Right up my alley.