Olive Tapenade Spaghetti Squash Pasta

Olive Tapenade is a pantry staple everyone should keep stocked in a healing kitchen. It is a
delicious dip that can also be used as a spread on wraps or on toast, as a topping for protein, or
as a fantastic sauce. This powerhouse dip provides a great dose of healthy fats, and nutrient-
rich olives are celebrated for being a heart healthy food that can reduce inflammation.
This is an extremely simple recipe that uses tapenade as the sauce. You can make your own
tapenade or purchase a pre-made one from the store. I personally prefer a chunkier tapenade
with a variety of different olives in it, but a smoother tapenade works as well. I hope you enjoy!

Serves 3

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash (roughly 2 lbs)
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 ½ cups whole cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup olive tapenade
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 3 Tbsp avocado oil
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Sea salt to taste preference
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • Optional: ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • Optional: ¼ cup crumbled feta

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Chop spaghetti squash in half, and discard the seeds.
  3. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and massage 1 tbsp avocado oil into
    both squash halves.
  4. Bake face down (with the skin up) for roughly 30-40 minutes. Remove and flip over, and
    let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  5. In a large pan, heat 2 tbsp avocado oil on medium heat.
  6. Saute red onion for 3-4 minutes, then add garlic, cherry tomatoes, pepper, and red
    pepper flakes if using, and cover for 5 minutes to steam, removing lid once to stir. NOTE:
    may need to add a dash of filtered water if ingredients are sticking to the pan.
  7. Remove lid, and add 2 cups arugula. Saute for 2 minutes, then turn the heat off.
  8. Add the tapenade, lemon juice, and parsley to the pan, and mix well.
  9. Using a fork, make spaghetti out of the spaghetti squash, and add it straight into the
    large pan. Mix all the ingredients well.
  10. If using feta, add it into the pan and mix well.
  11. Taste test and add sea salt if needed, and adjust other seasonings if needed.
  12. Serve and enjoy.
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