Friday, September 16, 2011

Spaghetti Squash

After hearing about it for so long, I finally remembered to pick up a spaghetti squash when I was at the grocery store a few weeks ago. Those suckers are not cheap, but a decent sized spaghetti squash makes enough for quite a few meals (for 2 people..)
I used this recipe for the spaghetti squash and I know that the butter made it unhealthy, but that's okay. I think that I could've subbed evoo and it would have tasted fairly similar. I steamed broccoli and made this Parmesean crusted tilapia. I had enough spaghetti squash left over to make two more meals out of it (seasoned and grilled chicken breast, cut it up and put it in the rewarmed squash). Love it!
The coolest part (I think) is once the spaghetti squash has cooked and you are opening it. When you use a fork to scrape the squash, all of the sudden these pieces of spaghetti just appear. You should try it! : )

Baked Spaghetti Squash

from the Steamy Kitchen


1 small spaghetti squash (about 3-4 pounds)
2 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/4 cup finely minced parsley (or basil)
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese


1. Preheat oven to 375F. Bake spaghetti squash for 60 minutes, or until a paring knife pierces easily through skin with little resistance. Let squash cool for 10 minutes.

2. Cut squash in half, lengthwise. Use a fork to remove and discard the seeds. Continue using fork to scrape the squash to get long, lovely strands. If the squash seem difficult to scrape, return the squash to bake for an additional 10 minutes.

3. Heat a large saute pan with the butter and the garlic over medium-low heat. When garlic becomes fragrant, add parsley, salt and spaghetti squash strands. Toss well, sprinkle in the parmesan cheese and taste to see if you need additional salt. The spaghetti squash should have a slight crunch (i.e. not mushy) - but if you like it softer, cover the pan and cook 2 more minutes.

1 comment:

Sarah & Casey said...

I really wish Casey would eat veggies - I think I would cook a lot of fun veggies like this if he did. Unfortunately until the baby gets big enough to eat veggies with me, it will be a life of meat and potatoes. :(