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Spiderweb Trap

 Spiderweb Trap
We use a spaghetti squash "web" to cleverly capture tender gnocchi "bugs" in this pesto-based side dish.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
10 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 2 packages (16 ounces each) potato gnocchi
  • 3 cups loosely packed basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

  • Cut squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds. Place squash, cut side
  • down, on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high for
  • 15-20 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, cook gnocchi according to
  • package directions.
  • For pesto, place the basil, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic and
  • salt in a food processor; cover and process until chopped. While
  • processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream; process until
  • blended.
  • When squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to separate strands.
  • Drain gnocchi; place in a large bowl. Add spaghetti squash and
  • pesto; toss to coat. Yield: 10 servings.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave. Look for potato gnocchi in the pasta, ethnic or frozen section of your grocery store.

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Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup equals 322 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 561 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 8 g protein.