Spaghetti Squash with Sautéed Onion and Garlic

1 medium spaghetti squash, 3 to 3-1/2 lbs
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and sprinkle with salt. Place the squash, cut side down in a baking dish and add about 1/4 inch of water.

Tent with foil and bake until the squash is tender when pierced with a sharp knife, about 45 to 50 minutes.

Remove from the oven and use a fork to rake the strands of flesh out of the skin and into a bowl. Set aside.

Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and lightly caramelized, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to sauté for 2 to 3 minutes longer.

Add the spaghetti squash and toss to combine thoroughly. Season to taste with salt and pepper and cook for 2 to 3 minutes to be sure the squash is heated through. Add the parsley and Parmesan and toss again.

Makes 4 servings