Monday, December 3, 2012

Spaghetti Squash

I know what you must be thinking: Spaghetti squash?  Is this woman CRAZY!  Seriously--there is a sqaush called that because the 'flesh' of the sqaush comes out in strands--just like spaghetti!

{See?  Isn't that so cool?  (Yes--I am a dork....)}

Although not quite as easy as throwing pasta into boiling water for 10 minutes, this squash is much more nutritous.  Since I try to stay away from refined carbs like pasta, this is a fantastic alternative for me (besides the fact that it is so COOL!).  The sqaush is extremely mild flavored so it goes well with anything and won't give a sqaushy taste.  This is perfect to get kids to eat their veggies!

How do you cook this wonderful vegetable, you ask?  Quite simply--roast it, cool it a bit, then scrap out the 'pasta' goodness!

{Looks so plain}

{Cut it open--you might need a large knife for this!}

{Raw--can you see the 'strands'?}

{Oiled and ready to go!}

{Mhmmm roasted!}

{You can definitely see the strands here!}

Roasting Spaghetti Squash

Makes--depends on the size of squash mine made 2 servings and it was small


1 spaghetti squash, your choice in size
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Cut the sqaush in half and scrap out the guts and seeds.
  3. Oil and season the insides of the squash and place on a baking dish, inside up.
  4. Roast squash for 1 hour depending on the size--the edges should be browned and flesh tender.
  5. Take sqaush out of the oven and let cool 10-15 minutes.
  6. Take a spoon and scrap out the 'strands' making sure to not burn yourself!
  7. Serve with your choice sauce.
Just to test it, I served this to Ben without telling him it wasn't pasta, and he NEVER knew the difference (at least he didn't say anything, and he is not shy!). 

{I served it with chicken pesto sauce}

Are you intrigued?  I definitely recommend it!  I have had it with spaghetti sauce, baked in casseroles, and every which way you can think of; my grandmother loves this squash too (she introduced it to me)!  Yes, you can buy it at the store so go get one and have some fun!
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