My dad is an amazing gardener and year after year I admire what he has created in his backyard oasis. He is my best friend, road trip buddy and personal organic farmer all rolled into one. I love grocery shopping in his garden and this year was no exception. He grew fresh spaghetti squash and last time I visited I gladly welcomed some with open arms.
With only 42 calories and 10 carbs in a 1 cup serving of cooked spaghetti squash, I love using it in place of pasta. I guess it got its name for a reason. When served under spaghetti sauce it’s hard to imagine that a vegetable can be so satisfying. There are many ways to serve this tasty veggie.You can experiment with so many different sauces and herbs to create a great pasta dish. You could serve it with Alfredo sauce, or a simple combination of savoury pesto and butter. If you use squash instead of noodles, you lose all those unneccessary carbs so you can indulge guilt-free in the much-needed carbs like fresh garlic bread! Or at least that’s how I like to think of it.
There are several ways to cook spaghetti squash. To oven bake, simply wash the squash, pierce the outer flesh several times with a fork, and place the entire squash in baking pan at 350-degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. I find myself throwing dinner together last-minute so the microwave is my saving grace. Just follow these easy steps:
- chop the squash in half lengthwise (they can be super hard to cut in half. I value my fingers so insert husband here)
- scoop out the seeds and place 1-2 tablespoons of butter and a sprinkle of brown sugar in each hallow
- place in glass dish round side down and add half a cup of water to bottom of dish
- I bake for 6 minutes at a time, continually checking until I can easily pierce the squash with a fork
Once the squash is cooked, the flesh will easily scrape out in noodle-like strings. I serve it with my favourite spaghetti sauce Newman’s Own Sockarooni.(you can find it at most grocery stores as well as Costco) It’s the closest to homemade sauce when I’m too lazy to make my own. Top with grated sharp cheddar or parmesan cheese and enjoy! Don’t forget the garlic bread!
No man is lonely eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention – Christopher Morley