This is the perfect casserole for late Summer! Tomato, Basil and Spaghetti Squash are abundant locally, and this casserole is not only scrumptious, it is beautiful! The texture is soft and fluffy similar to a souffle or a delicate quiche, and the crumb topping adds just the right finishing touch.
I love all the vegetables incorporated in this casserole. Spaghetti Squash, unlike other winter squashes, has a very mild flavor and is light in color with Vitamin B-6 and Vitamin C, plus every essential mineral is found in spaghetti squash in trace amounts. Isn’t that cool?
Most people know that Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene. They also have excellent amounts of Vitamin C , Biotin and VItamin K included in their nutritional value. Take advantage of them while they are at their peak and very nutrient rich.
Scallions are an excellent source of Vitamin K. One cup of scallions contains 259% of the RDA of this vitamin. Holy Smokes! They also may help prevent cancer like other alliums such as garlic and onions. See this article by The Huffington Post.
I incorporate herbs whenever I can into what I am eating for all their various health benefits and the flavor they add. Basil adds a sweetness to this dish that I love.
Let’s start cooking!
Bacon, Tomato and Basil Spaghetti Squash Casserole
To pre-cook the spaghetti squash, preheat your oven to 350º degrees F. Cut your spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds with a large spoon. Fill a large casserole pan with an inch of water and place the squash cut side down after lightly seasoning it with salt and pepper. Bake for one hour until a knife inserted in the squash slides through easily. Flip the squash over cut side up to cool. Then, take a fork and remove the squash into spaghetti-like noodles from the skin. At this point you can refrigerate the squash and make the casserole later, or move on to making the casserole.
To Make the Casserole:
Preheat your oven to 400º degrees F. Line a 10 inch round spring form pan with parchment paper after greasing it with coconut oil and set aside.
Ingredients for filling:
1 Medium Spaghetti Squash (approximately 4 cups cooked)
4 Strips of Bacon, cooked and chopped (omit if making it meatless)
1/2 Cup Superfine Almond Flour
1/4 Cup Good Quality Mayo (I used Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo)
2 Scallions, Sliced
1/4 Cup Fresh Basil (or 1 Tablespoon Dried if you don’t have fresh)
1 1/2 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink or Sea Salt
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
Pulse all the ingredients except the bacon in a food processor until smooth and incorporated. Fold in the bacon.
Pour the filling into the prepared dish.
For the Topping:
1 Large or 2 Medium, Ripe Tomatoes (sliced in half and then thinly sliced into half moons
2 Sliced Scallions
2 Tablespoons of Fresh Basil (or 1 tsp. dried)
1/2 Cup Superfine Almond Flour
2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
1 Teaspoon of Himalayan Pink or Sea Salt
1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper
Directions: Place the sliced tomatoes in a decorative pattern on top of your filling (see the photos).
In a mini-processor or a full sized one will work as well, pulse the topping until it looks like crumbs. Sprinkle on top of the casserole evenly.
Bake in your preheated oven for 50 minutes. The topping will be golden brown and the casserole puffed.
Cool ten minutes. Then, remove the outer ring of the spring form pan and serve in the parchment.