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Spaghetti Squash Pasta

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I learned how to make this from the best cook I know. Grandma. It's a pasta dish that can be vegetarian and vegan and gluten-free, all at the same time! I am neither vegetarian, vegan, nor allergic to gluten. However, I do appreciate a meatless meal that doesn't taste like cardboard and grass. (I am a violent advocate for bacon and hamburgers, preferably together in a blanket of cheese...)

In an effort to be more polite at Grandma's, and to not go hungry, I would eat what she cooked and I would have to like it. She has gotten me to eat more veggies lately, and to appreciate the finer points of salads and fruits. I love spaghetti, it's one of those dinners my mom would cook that I could just eat and eat and eat. But when Grandma made this, I almost turned up my nose at the thought of squash noodles. (I am not fond of squashes in general) But hey, Grandma says eat, you eat.

Long story short, I love Spaghetti Squash Pasta. It's so much healthier for you too! So, here I am today to make my own Spaghetti Squash dinner.
 
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Step 1: The What-Squash?

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 Spaghetti squash is an actual squash. It's about the size of a rugby ball or football, and it has a light butter yellow rind. When you cook it in the oven, the inside softens up and can be scraped out as noodles. One squash is good for a few people, and might give you  leftovers. If you're cooking for a big family or event, get two. The second one doesn't need to be cooked right away, it can be cooked whenever you need it.

How to Bake the Squash:

Cut the squash in half, lengthwise.
Put the halves in a broiler pan,
Pour about a cup or two of water into the pan.
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour, until the inside is soft enough. To make sure it's soft enough, scrape the middle of the halves with a fork, and if the noodles are still crunchy/look white, it's not ready! Bake for another ten minutes until soft, clear and yellow-y.

When the squash is soft enough, and cooled down, take a fork and scrape the flesh out gently. The inside of the squash is made up of noodles! Imagine that. If you'd like to season the noodles a little, add some salt or butter. (Obviously no butter if this is vegan! However, there are vegan-butter-substitutes, so I've heard.) I keep my noodles fairly plain, since the sauce has a lot of flavor in it.
Momma4sale1 month ago

It was alright, but it took way longer to cook than it said in the instructions. We ended up cooking it for an hour and 50 minutes, and it still wasn't quite done. It cooked through soft in the first layer around the rim, but the underside was still raw. I didn't mind the taste, but no one else really cared for it in our family. I've heard people say it tastes just like spaghetti noodles, but it's crunchier and has a sweeter taste. Obviously it won't taste like pasta... but if you had to substitute real pasta for something healthier it would probably quench the craving for spaghetti. Just make sure you have enough time to cook it thoroughly. I made it, but I didn't take a photo... It looked like the photos posted and shredded beautifully!

That sounds like a very healthy pasta! It would be cool if you put a picture of the finished dish first!
squidbeetle (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thank you!

Haha I did have one! just forgot to switch it around when I was making the instructable. :)
Cool, cool. Those fresh veggies look sooo tasty!
nacroman2 years ago
I have made spaghetti squash several times and it is one of my favorite things to make. One suggestion I have is that instead of baking the squash what I have figured out is if you cut it in half fill one half with water half way and cover it with plastic wrap and microwave it for 10mins it will be very hot but it will be soft enough to scrape out a lot faster than baking.
i love squash and this one looks so awesome! until i read the title i assumed it was plain old pasta, but this is so cool! well done
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Green olives - great idea!
squidbeetle (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
definitely my favorite part! I couldn't stop munching while the sauce was cooking.