Creamy Paleo Pumpkin “Pasta” with Chicken
I admit I wasn’t a huge Pre Paleo Pasta fan – I could take or leave it. But my weakness was always with a deliciously rich and creamy sauce, atop a pile of whole wheat angel hair. And although it isn’t a huge craving, every once and a while ,I drool in longing for those piles of pasta, loaded with sauce and chicken. But have no fear, this Creamy Pumpkin “Pasta” with Chicken certainly satisfies those cravings.
If you haven’t tried spaghetti squash as a pasta alternative yet, you are missing out! After baking, the squash shreds easily into pasta like strings with your fork. The first time I served for my carb loving husband, he was blown away with the taste and texture, enjoying it just as much as the real stuff. Top with the rich creamy decadent pumpkin sauce with chicken and !Voila! you have an amazing Paleo meal that will rival any of your pre paleo dishes.
Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Chicken
lisa @ Onceamonthmeals.com
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups pumpkin puree
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 0.5 cups coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 0.5 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 Tablespoons fresh thyme
- 1 pound chicken breast, cooked and diced
Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Place, cut side down, in baking dish adding enough water to cover bottom of dish. Roast for 350 for 30-40 minutes until tender. Meanwhile in a large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil, then add onion and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes until softened and translucent. Add pumpkin, chicken stock, coconut milk, salt, pepper and thyme to skillet. Whisk until well combined and simmer for about 10 minutes. Once squash is roasted, scrape out flesh with a fork to make long strands. Add squash and chicken to sauce pan and simmer until warmed through.
Follow directions above. Allow to cool completely. Place in gallon freezer bag. Label and freeze. To serve: Reheat in microwave or stovetop until heated through.
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