Spaghetti Squash

18 Oct

I love this time of year when squash becomes available and is cheap.  One of our favorites is spaghetti squash.  The reason it is called spaghetti squash, is that after you roast it, you can take a fork and pull it away from the peel, and it looks like spaghetti noodles.  It is usually a long, yellow oval-shaped squash.  Here is how to prepare one.

First, cut the squash in half lengthwise.  Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and innards.  Below shows the before on the left, after on the right.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the squash cut side down on the baking sheet.  Use a fork to pierce some holes in the outer peel of the squash.  Bake in 400 F oven for 30-35 minutes, or until you can easily put a fork in the outer peel. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.  Use a fork to pull the flesh away from the peel, which will be stringy.

You will get a nice bowl of squash, which you can do a variety of things with.  You can serve it with your favorite pasta sauce to make it a meal on its own.  I usually use it as a side, so I mix in melted butter, salt and pepper, although with this one I used garlic salt, and it was delicious.

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    […] Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with olive oil or non-stick cooking spray.  Cut spaghetti squash in half, and scoop out the seeds and innards.  Place the cut side down on the baking sheet.  Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until soft.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then use a fork to pull the flesh away from the peel.  Pictures on how this is done are here. […]

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