Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spaghetti squash

Years ago, we grew spaghetti squash but Tom didn't like it, and I didn't love it enough to make it worth the growing space. I hadn't eaten any since that time, but recently I bought some cooked in the deli of my local co-op. Only butter and salt were added, and I thought it was wonderful so I bought a spaghetti squash to cook for myself. It is easy to make, and oh so delicious. I'm thinking about growing some again, even if it is just for me.

All you do is:
preheat the oven to 375ยบ F.
prick it all over so it won't burst in the oven, much as you would a potato before baking
put it in a shallow pan
bake for an hour
cool and cut in 1/2 lengthwise with serrated knife
scoop seeds and fribrous strings out
gently scrape a table fork around the edge to shred the pulp into strands

That's it. Then add butter and salt. Yum. They say you may top with tomato sauce, but for me I like it just the way I eat peas and yellow beans.

just out of the oven

the inside with both pulp and 'spaghetti'

pulling the edible strands

almost empty

  with butter and salt


  1. I have had it only once and it was exactly like that. I loved it. I think I will try it again when I see it in the market next. I moderate my comments too and have never had a problem. I don't do the word thing because it's a pain in the neck. Most of the time I try to respond before I post the comment because I don't want to forget...but sometimes I'm just to busy to get to it.

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  2. We actually both like this! We eat it like you do sometimes and sometimes just as if it were spaghetti, with pasta sauce and parmesan cheese on it. (We have had to cut out pasta for the usual boring reasons.)

    1. What are the boring reasons? I thought everyone ate pasta, unless their wheat is restricted.

  3. I almost get sucked into the pretty pictures, but I really can't stand squash, of any kind, but espcially yellowish ones. I tried the spaghetti squash once, believing that it would taste like spaghetti. NO! It takes like squash, which is okay if you like squash, but I don't.

    1. I don't like any winter squash or yams or sweet potatoes, but for some reason I can't explain, I love spaghetti squash.

  4. I imagine the boring reasons for cutting out pasta is carbohydrates, the big no-no for diabetes. I love spaghetti squash, and use it just like the pasta, with sauce and parmesan cheese. Next time I'll try it simple, with butter and salt.

    1. I was just reading that pasta isn't so bad on the glycemic scale, as long as the portion is relatively small - about a cup. Apparently most people eat more than that at a sitting.


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