I love having dinner parties. My entertaining style harkens back to another decade, which I attribute largely to my lifelong love of vintage cookbooks and magazines. When I invite someone over for a meal, I want to create something from scratch, served in an elegant way.
Pasta dishes are one of my favorite go-tos for a guest-worthy meal. But although I love the aesthetics of 1950s cooking, I have to temper that with my 2015 diet. This week, I wanted to create a dish that would be delicious, warming and elegant – but lower on the calories. Since autumn is here, I decide this would be the perfect time to make a spaghetti squash!
If you’ve never had a spaghetti squash before, you must try it. It makes an astoundingly good substitute for pasta, which makes carb lovers like me very happy! Today, I paired mine with an adaptation of a homemade spaghetti sauce recipe found in my 1939 Prudence Penny Regional Cookbook. Classic hostessing with a modern upgrade – that’s cooking elevated.
Spaghetti Squash With Homemade Tomato Sauce
1 spaghetti squash
1 C sliced mushrooms
1/2 C chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 TBSP all purpose flour
2 TBSP coconut oil
2 1/2 C water
Real Brand Orsa Salt
Outer Spice Original Seasoning
For the tomato sauce:
Cut and core four of the tomatoes, and place them into a small pot. Boil water in a kettle, then pour over the tomatoes until covered. Leave for one minute, then drain tomatoes into a colander. Peel the skins off the tomatoes and place them back into the pot. Cover with 2 cups of water, place a lid over the pot and move it to the stove, bringing it to a rolling boil over medium heat. Cook until the tomatoes are stewed and break apart easily with a fork – it took between 40-50 minutes for mine. When done, pour into a strainer and set aside.
Place two tomatoes into a blender and puree; set aside.
In a medium pot, heat the coconut oil on low. (Coconut oil can get hot and splatter, so be mindful of that.) Once the oil has melted, add the onion, mushroom, garlic, and Outer Spice seasoning to taste, cooking until the onion starts to become translucent. Stir in the flour and mix thoroughly. Simmer for around 4 minutes, then stir in the stewed tomatoes. Add 1/2 cup water and pour in the pureed liquid tomato mixture from the blender. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook for 10 minutes or until the mushrooms soften.
For the “Pasta”:
Pare the top and bottom of your spaghetti squash, then halve it. Scoop and clean the insides of the squash, spray with PAM and sprinkle with the salt. Heat your oven to 375 degrees.
Lay the squash halves on a tray with the rind facing up. Bake for 35 minutes or until soft enough to pierce the rind with a fork. Once done, use a fork to scrape out the insides of the squash – it will come out easily and in thin “noodles”. Place the squash onto plates and top with the sauce. Grate a block of aged Parmesan onto the dish, serve with a glass of red wine and enjoy!
Aside from recipes, our kitchens have also changed a lot since our grandparents were newlyweds. Good equipment can make or break your recipe – ask me about the time my “Vintage” oven went on the fritz and caused a birthday cake to be served raw! That’s why the Kenmore PRO freestanding range is the perfect companion for any kitchen. With features like Accela-Heat™ Technology that preheats the oven faster, two separate convection fans plus a third heating element and Turbo Boil Burners that help you bring things to a boil more quickly, you are guaranteed to have your meal go right every step of the way – from baking your squash to stirring the sauce. And because a beautiful atmosphere is crucial to any dinner party, Kenmore PRO appliances are sleek and elegant, giving you a kitchen you’ll want to show off to your guests. And if your “Retro” secondhand oven was picked out more for frugality than sentiment, you’ll be pleased to learn that the Kenmore PRO line also comes in a budget-friendly price! Quality and affordability – two things that, just like a classic recipe, never go out of style.
How do YOU elevate your recipes?