This recipe feels and looks indulgent without being high in calories. The "caprese" components--fresh mozzarella, basil leaves and tomatoes--beautifully shine through, while the white beans add protein and a creamy texture. If you can't find fresh small mozzarella balls, tear a large ball of fresh mozzarella into small pieces.

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Source: Everyday Slow Cooker
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Pierce the squash several times with a fork or knife. Place the squash and water in a 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW until the squash is tender, 5 to 6 hours.

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  • Remove the squash, and let cool slightly. Cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out and discard the seeds. Using a fork, scrape the insides of the squash shells to remove the spaghetti-like strands to yield 3 to 4 cups. Return the spaghetti squash shells to the slow cooker, cut-sides up. Set the squash strands aside.

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the garlic and tomatoes; cook, stirring often, until the tomatoes begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the squash strands, beans, basil, and salt to the tomato mixture, stirring to combine. Gently fold in the mozzarella.

  • Spoon the squash mixture evenly into each squash half in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW until the cheese is melted and the mixture is heated throughout, about 1 hour. Garnish with the basil leaves, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

375 calories; protein 17g 34% DV; carbohydrates 39g 13% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 10g 40% DV; sugars 11g; fat 19g 29% DV; saturated fat 7g 35% DV; cholesterol -1mg; vitamin a iu -1IU; vitamin c -1mg -2% DV; folate -1mcg; calcium -1mg; iron -1mg -6% DV; magnesium -1mg; potassium -1mg; sodium 593mg 24% DV; thiamin -1mg -100% DV.