When I’m seeking comfort, nurturing, and nourishment from a meal, I make a casserole. I find thee cooking and assembly process meditative.
Satiny cauliflower and parsnips puree makes a decadent sauce. If you love cauliflower puree, you’ll flip for the addition of parsnips, which adds a subtle sweetness. The flavor pairs beautifully with the leeks. I use the same puree to top my Paleo Shepherd’s Pie recipe.
Chopped dill adds brightness and color, but feel free to substitute your favorite herbs such as chopped tarragon or thyme. Since dill is very mild, use only a teaspoon of a different herb.
Spaghetti squash, of course, is the star ingredient in this dish. Make sure you treat it right! Read my post, How to Perfectly Cook Spaghetti Squash to learn the unusual method for getting perfect “al dente” spaghetti squash every time.
- 1 prepared large spaghetti squash (3-4 cups spaghetti), see note below. Click here for my Perfect Baked Spaghetti Squash instructions.
- ½ head cauliflower, cut into florets
- 2 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped (2 heaping cups chopped parsnips)
- ½ cup coconut milk
- Salt, to taste, or Herbamare seasoning, available here (an organic herbal salt - highly recommended!)
- 2 Tbs. ghee or coconut oil
- 2 shallots, minced
- 1 large or 2 small leeks, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup fresh dill, measured and then chopped
- Optional: 1 lb. ground sausage of choice or 2 cups shredded chicken
- Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a small casserole dish.
- Steam the cauliflower and parsnips together until they are tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and cool slightly. Use a blender to pureé the cauliflower and parsnips with the coconut milk and ½ tsp. Herbamare.
- In a saute pan, heat the ghee over medium heat. Add the shallots and leeks, and sauté, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent, about 10 minutes.
- Combine the spaghetti squash, cream sauce, leek mixture, dill and cooked sausage/chicken if using. Season to taste with salt or additional Herbamare.
- Bake until hot and the squash is fully cooked, about 30 minutes.