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Monday, February 13, 2012

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash baked just out of oven
Spaghette squash is different from other squash.  Once its boiled or baked the insides become like strands much like spaghetti, but with a slightly crunchy texture.  The flavour is slightly sweet and buttery and is not starchy.    Those with a wheat/gluten intollerance, this wonderful vegetable is a great substitute for any recipe calling for spaghetti noodles.

Spaghetti squash is expensive in the stores and is usually sold by the pound, so am going go try to grown in my own garden this year.   Last year one grew out of my compost which was an un-planted gift.  I made the casserole below out of it which lasted us a couple of meals.

Spaghetti Squash Casserole
1 8-inch spaghetti squash
1 cup chopped onion
2 medium cloves of garlic crushed
2 fresh tomatoes
1/2 lb of fresh mushrooms sliced
1/2 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup ricotta or cottage cheese
1 cup grated mozzarella
1/4 cup parsley chopped
1 tsp basil
dash of thyme
1 cup bread crumbs (or gluten free substitute - crushed rice crackers work well too)
grated parmesan cheese


Slice squash length-wise and scoop out seeds.  Bake face down on an greased tray in 375F degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork.  When cool enough to handle, scoop out insides.

Saute onions, garlic, mushrooms and herbs.  When onions are soft add tomatoes.  Cook until most of moisture evaporates.

Combine all ingredients .  Pour into greased casserole dish.  Top with bread crumbs and grated parmesan.  Bake uncovered at 375F for about 40 minutes or until heated through.

Janet 

5 comments:

  1. Oh Janet...I enjoy squash so much. To me it is just a powerful food!

    Have a peaceful day!

    m.

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  2. I need to grow some this year too. Why have pasta when you can have this lovely beta-carotene packed vegetable?

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  3. OH, this looks GREAT. I LOVE spaghetti squash. It tastes great and it's better than pasta noodles, in my humble opinion :) :) I thought it was funny that you had a spaghetti squash start to grow out of your compost pile...but I guess that's the best place, with the best soil :) :) Happy VAlentine's Day. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of CAlifornia, Heather :)

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  4. I am going to try growing these this year. I've never had the spaghetti squash but will certainly try it now. Thanks for linking up on the "Made From Scratch" blog hop!

    Lisa
    The Way Grandmama Does It

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  5. We're adding spaghetti squash to the garden this year also. Can't wait to see how it grows and then try it out with some homemade sauce!

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