Calabrian Shrimp & Spaghetti Squash with Capers, Kale & Breadcrumbs

Calabrian Shrimp & Spaghetti Squash

with Capers, Kale & Breadcrumbs

35 MIN
2 Servings
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For vibrant flavor, we’re cooking shrimp, capers, and aromatics in a sauce of rich butter and fiery Calabrian chile paste, then serving it over delicate strands of sweet spaghetti squash—all topped with toasted breadcrumbs for pleasant crunch.
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Carb Conscious 600 Calories Or Less
  • Nutrition
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  • Calories
    540 Cals (est.)
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Calabrian Shrimp & Spaghetti Squash with Capers, Kale & Breadcrumbs
Title
  • 10 oz Tail-On Shrimp (Peeled & Deveined)
  • 1 Spaghetti Squash
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 bunch Kale
  • 2 Tbsps Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Capers
  • 1½ tsps Calabrian Chile Paste
  • ¼ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp Whole Dried Oregano
  • 1 Shallot
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Prepare & cook the squash
1 Prepare & cook the squash

If you prefer to use an oven to cook the squash instead of a microwave, place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Using a sharp, sturdy knife, carefully halve the squash lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out and discard the pulp and seeds. Drizzle the cut sides with olive oil; season with salt and pepper.

Microwave or oven: 
MICROWAVE: Working in two batches if necessary, transfer the prepared squash to a microwave-safe baking dish, cut side down. Fill with 1/2 inch of water. Microwave on high 3 to 5 minutes, or until the flesh easily pulls away from the skin.  
OVEN: Line a sheet pan with parchment paper (or foil). Transfer the prepared squash to the sheet pan, cut side down. Roast  25 to 30 minutes, or until the skin is lightly browned and the flesh easily pulls away from the skin.

Transfer the cooked squash to a large bowl to cool slightly.

Prepare the remaining ingredients
2 Prepare the remaining ingredients

Meanwhile, peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. Peel and small dice the shallot. Quarter and deseed the lemon

Toast the breadcrumbs
3 Toast the breadcrumbs

In a medium pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the breadcrumbs and oregano; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Transfer to a bowl. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the kale
4 Cook the kale

In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the chopped kale; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add 1/4 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the water has cooked off. Transfer to a bowl; cover with foil to keep warm.

Separate the squash into strands
5 Separate the squash into strands

Meanwhile, when cool enough to handle, using a fork, scrape the flesh of the roasted squash into the bowl; separate any clumps. Discard the skins. Stir in half the cheese.

Cook the shrimp & serve your dish
6 Cook the shrimp & serve your dish

Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels (remove the tails, if desired); season with salt and pepper. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned shrimp in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly opaque. Add the diced shallot, capers, and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until combined and the shrimp are opaque and cooked through. Turn off the heat; stir in the butter and the juice of 2 lemon wedges until the butter is melted and combined. Serve the squash strands topped with the cooked shrimp and sauce and cooked kale. Garnish with the toasted breadcrumbs, remaining cheese, and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges. Enjoy! 

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Prepare & cook the squash
1 Prepare & cook the squash

If you prefer to use an oven to cook the squash instead of a microwave, place an oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Using a sharp, sturdy knife, carefully halve the squash lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out and discard the pulp and seeds. Drizzle the cut sides with olive oil; season with salt and pepper.

Microwave or oven: 
MICROWAVE: Working in two batches if necessary, transfer the prepared squash to a microwave-safe baking dish, cut side down. Fill with 1/2 inch of water. Microwave on high 3 to 5 minutes, or until the flesh easily pulls away from the skin.  
OVEN: Line a sheet pan with parchment paper (or foil). Transfer the prepared squash to the sheet pan, cut side down. Roast  25 to 30 minutes, or until the skin is lightly browned and the flesh easily pulls away from the skin.

Transfer the cooked squash to a large bowl to cool slightly.

2 Prepare the remaining ingredients

Meanwhile, peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. Peel and small dice the shallot. Quarter and deseed the lemon

Prepare the remaining ingredients
Toast the breadcrumbs
3 Toast the breadcrumbs

In a medium pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the breadcrumbs and oregano; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Transfer to a bowl. Wipe out the pan.

4 Cook the kale

In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add the chopped kale; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add 1/4 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the water has cooked off. Transfer to a bowl; cover with foil to keep warm.

Cook the kale
Separate the squash into strands
5 Separate the squash into strands

Meanwhile, when cool enough to handle, using a fork, scrape the flesh of the roasted squash into the bowl; separate any clumps. Discard the skins. Stir in half the cheese.

6 Cook the shrimp & serve your dish

Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels (remove the tails, if desired); season with salt and pepper. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned shrimp in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly opaque. Add the diced shallot, capers, and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until combined and the shrimp are opaque and cooked through. Turn off the heat; stir in the butter and the juice of 2 lemon wedges until the butter is melted and combined. Serve the squash strands topped with the cooked shrimp and sauce and cooked kale. Garnish with the toasted breadcrumbs, remaining cheese, and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges. Enjoy! 

Cook the shrimp & serve your dish
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