Friday, November 4


Spaghetti Squash
Truth be told I like all kinds of squash.  But spaghetti squash is one of my favorites.  It has a light flavor and crunchy texture when cooked.  It makes a simple side dish or a main with some pasta sauce.

The funny thing about spaghetti squash is that even though it is so simple to prepare most people I know have never tried it.  Have you? I feel lucky my mom introduced me to it.  Next time you're in the grocery store and you see the display of assorted squash(es?) pick up a spaghetti squash and give it a try.  It is so easy to prepare and very delicious to eat.

Spaghetti Squash
Prick your squash a few times with a fork.  You won't be able to prick it very deeply as the squash is so hard.  Don't worry about it.

Stick in in the microwave for 8 minutes on high power.
Spaghetti Squash
Check it after 8 minutes.  If it is slightly soft take it out and slice it in half.  If not, keep it in the microwave until it is - 1-5 more minutes.

After you've sliced it in half, scoop out the "guts" and put it in the microwave for 5 more minutes.
Spaghetti Squash
Check it again.  The inside should easily shred into "noodles."  They should be tender with a slight crunch.  Keep microwaving 1-2 minutes at a time until this consistency is reached.
Spaghetti Squash
When the squash is done take a fork and shred the interior into "noodles."

At this point you can top it with your fav pasta sauce OR add a pat of butter, salt, pepper and grated parmesan and serve it as a side dish (this is how I like it - lots of freshly ground pepper!)
Spaghetti Squash

The girls and I tried to fool Bryce into eating it by contending it was pasta!

If you have a favorite way to eat spaghetti squash please leave a comment.   I'd love to hear about it.


This Girl loves to Talk said...

that is amazing and something I've never seen here! We dont have squash in australia but Ive been told what we call pumpkins (usually butternut pumpkins are kinda like your squash)I wonder if I can do that with our ones. It really does look like spaghetti!

pumpkin recipes abound here and I have lots of american friends who never eaten pumpkin except in pumpkin pie.(our pumpkins are different to your orange halloween ones -we dont have that type)

Here pumpkin is very popular roasted served with roast meat and veg (nearly always have roast potato and pumpkin with roast) and pumpkin soup is very very popular and something I make weekly in winter (and its a cheap way to feed the family) we also do pumpkin scones (biscuits?)roasted pumpkin peices are popular in salads and pasta dishes too. I like it in cous cous salad.. yum! So there are a few ideas to use up your squash with!

katy said...

Thanks for the great comment! I remember our English friends spoke of pumpkin too, not squash. I love squash (pumpkin to you) soup - haven't had it in quite a while. I'll have to make it, tis the season.

Peggy said...

I prefer the versions of spaghetti squash recipes where you *don't* try to make it taste like spaghetti. Because it doesn't. Simple recipes like adding olive oil and herbs. Maybe some veggies, maybe some cheese (feta, or whatever you're in the mood for). Oh, and I bet some pine nuts would be good too. Mmmmm...

Anonymous said...

Magnificent! (As usual. :-P )

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