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.
Step 1: The What-Squash?
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.
Step 2: Tomato Sauce
2-3 Tomato Paste cans (depends on how many people you'll feed!)
8 Vine Tomatoes (cut into bits)
2 chopped Bell Peppers (any color!)
1/2 chopped Onion (I choose white, but yellow is good too)
Green Olives (plain or stuffed with red pepper)
Fresh Basil Leaves (lightly, and barely, chopped)
Salt & Pepper
In a pot, simmer the canned tomato paste, 2-3 cups of water, vine tomatoes, green olives, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. In a separate pan, heat the chopped bell peppers and onions, then add to the simmering tomato sauce. Let it simmer together until super tasty!
If you're me, you'll snack on a few green olives here and there, and maybe add another spoonful to the mix....
Step 3: For the Meat-Lovers
When all is done, grab a plate and dish up some squash noodles and pour the sauce on top. Enjoy!