Spaghetti Squash

Let’s start with one of my favorite recipes, spaghetti squash, it’s easy and delicious!

Spaghetti squash is a great alternative to pasta if you’re trying to watch carbs, eat a gluten free diet, or just love fresh veggies.

Start by preheating your oven to 375

While you’re waiting for it to heat up you can poke a few holes, maybe about 6 or 7, in the squash and set it on a baking tray.  Start working on the sauce.

Cook the squash for about an hour.  If you can poke through the outside fairly easily, then it’s probably done.  If not, put back in the oven for 10 or 15 minutes.

Every time I make spaghetti squash I make the sauce a little different.  I just improvise.  You will start to get a feel for my ever-changing tomato based sauces as you read more recipes; many are interchangeable.

On the day these pictures were taken I made the sauce from the following ingredients:

  • 3 Tomatoes chopped with as much juice preserved as possible
  • Yellow Onion chopped
  • Green Bell Pepper chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic minced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Dried Basil, Oregano and Thyme (Now, since I’ve discovered Marando Farms I’d probably use fresh)

Heat some olive oil in a pan and add onion and green pepper.  Saute a few minutes then add garlic and herbs.  Saute for one more minute then add tomato.  Add some salt and pepper and simmer the sauce for about 15 minutes…so the tomatoes can cook down and all the spices can cook into the sauce.

Now to make spaghetti from squash!  Be careful when spaghetti squash is fresh out of oven.  Use oven mitts or utensils to hold the squash.  Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the pulp in the middle (like a pumpkin) the seeds can even be saved and cooked like pumpkin seeds (so yummy).

Next take a fork and just scrape at the sides of the squash and it will start to string apart like spaghetti.  That’s it!  Just pull it all apart, put into a bowl, and top with sauce.  Voila…spaghetti squash.

Leftover squash can be saved in Tupperware and sautéed later with more tomato sauce or simply olive oil and garlic, or whatever creative sauce you have in mind.

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