Friday, December 2, 2011

food (food) | spaghetti squash

I don't remember who introduced me to spaghetti squash a few years ago, but whoever it was changed my life for the better. As much as I love pasta, pasta doesn't love me and brown rice pasta is good, but I limit myself to one meal a day with some kind of starchy carb. Spaghetti squash is the perfect replacement for noodles. Although it won't taste the same, it's just as good to pair with your favorite marinara, pesto, etc. In this case, I re-created my favorite go to "everything but the kitchen sink" pasta with chicken Italian sausage, sun dried tomatoes, broccoli and lots of other great veggies.

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Directions on how to cook spaghetti squash:
  1. Pre-heat oven at 375 degrees
  2. Puncture holes into spaghetti squash with fork and microwave for 3 minutes (this will help soften it before you cut it in half)
  3. Cut spaghetti squash in half and scoop out seeds
  4. Lightly brush olive oil into each half and lay open face down on a baking pan
  5. Bake for 35 - 45 minutes (timing can vary depending on the size of the spaghetti squash)
  6. When cooked scrape squash with fork and toss with your favorite pasta toppings

16 comments:

Jessica said...

I love spaghetti squash. You can also keep going in the microwave and just steam it that way, which I do when I'm feeling lazy.

laura said...

I LOVE spaghetti squash, but I have never actually used it like spaghetti. How weird, right? It's on my to-do list.. now, if I can only get my husband to actually like it.

have a happy weekend!
♥ laura
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SassyUptownChic said...

Wow Tabitha! You've introduced me to something new girl. Thanks for sharing this. Have a great weekend girl! Enjoy that Christmas tree! :D
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Justine said...

Spaghetti squash is great! Thanks for a super easy recipe that I can tweak for my son's tastes!

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Lisa - respect the shoes said...

I need to try this. I am a carb addict trying to eat better and am limiting my carb intake, which is hard because I can literally eat a whole baguette in one sitting and then have more carbs for dinner. I'm doing the whole "kale chips" and "carrot fries" thing (which aren't half bad), so thanks for this rec!

Johanna said...

My mom used to make this and it's so simple and delish! Good reminder!

Meg {henninglove} said...

i need to pick up a spaghetti squash soon, seriously what a great vegetable.

Lisa said...

Thanks for the tip on putting the squash into the microwave to soften it up! I rarely cook squash because I'm afraid I'm going to chop off my hand when cutting into one!

clementine* said...

yeah you just made me hungry. i've been wanting to make spaghetti squash, thanks for the tutorial!

Sandy said...

YUM that looks so good girl!!

My dad suggested Luques to us, and it was one of the best meals I've had all year. We split the steak dinner for two, and oh my god, so much delicious red meat!! I loved the ambiance as well.

if you have any other LA dining suggestions, send them my way!!

Clara Turbay said...

Great job here. i love it all.

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ana b. said...

Wow. This is definitely interesting and a lighter choice. I feel so heavy after pasta but I love it so much. The colour is so cheerful too.

Cafe said...

This looks fantastic - and tres healthy. Love! :)

Cafe Fashionista said...

This looks fantastic, and tres scrummy. Love! :)

yours truly, melissa said...

sounds easy enough... i've been wanting to try sphaghetti squash, but have been a bit intimidated.

Amy Creyer said...

Bad idea to look at this photo late at night. It made me so hungry!

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