Friday, November 4
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.