Have you ever had spaghetti squash before?
By NJ Chicaa
March 8, 2018 7:55pm CST
It is a very interesting vegetable. It looks like a regular winter squash from the outside (oval and bright yellow) and from the inside (pale yellow and full of seeds). To prepare it to cook, you slice it in half horizontally, scoop out all of the seeds, and then bake it until the flesh is softened. The baking time depends on the size of the squash as each one is different. (Tonight I did mine at 375 degrees F for 55 minutes.) What is interesting about spaghetti squash, and what gives it its name, is that once it is cooked you can run a fork through the cooked flesh and it will pull apart in strings like spaghetti. It is actually pretty neat to see. This squash is very mild-flavored unlike acorn or butternut squash and is a favorite of those who are looking to cut down on carbohydrates. You can serve meatballs and red sauce or shrimp scampi over spaghetti squash instead of pasta and it really won't ruin the flavor of your meal. Will it give you the same satisfaction of eating a big bowl of pasta? Of course not! But, it is a great vegetable to use as a substitute sometimes. I even like eating it on its own just with a bit of butter, salt, and pepper. Have YOU tried spaghetti squash? How did you prepare it? What did you think?
7 people like this
• United States
I have never cared much for spaghetti squash, but I do like spiralized zucchini or yellow crookneck squash is used instead of. Here was my dinner tonight... leftover jacketed sweet potatoes, cubed up and sauteed in a little bit of coconut oil, a can of organic kidney beans, and Trader Joe's Indian Masala sauce. Garlic naan bread served with it.
• San Jose, California
Have you ever cooked one in a slow cooker? Supposedly it's even easier than roasting it.
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash takes the mystery and effort out of preparing this sometimes large and awkward vegetable. Step by step photos.