spaghetti squash recipe
I am excited to share my first attempt at spaghetti squash. A friend of mine shared with me how to make spaghetti squash. She is an amazing cook and she always shares easy recipes for me to attempt. She knows I break into hives in the kitchen so over our last lunch she shared how to make spaghetti squash in the oven. I usually nod my head enthusiastically and opt out of sharing the closest thing to a squash my family will eat is a tater tot.
Squash intimidates me and until this recipe I could never get past the rind (literally). The first two times I attempted to bake spaghetti squash I gave up when I couldn’t cut the squash in half. Yep, I thought maybe I had to bake it first before I cut it in half. I placed an entire squash in the microwave to soften it but got no where.
When a Trader Joes’ opened up in the Denver area I decided to try one more time. Trader Joe’s produce looks amazing and Trader Joe’s has a way of making me belive I can make spaghetti squash. I shared my love of Trader Joe’s HERE .
Except this time I texted my friend for step by step instructions. Apparently, the first cut into the spaghetti squash is the hardest and then it is relatively easy. She said I could bake it in the oven or the microwave, but I thought the oven sounded well more conventional (sorry- I had to say it).
Per my friend’s instructions, I scooped the seeds from both halves (like a pumpkin), added a 1/2 inch of water to the bottom of a ceramic baking dish and placed the 2 halves of the spaghetti squash facing up and baked for 30-35 minutes.
I let it cool for a few minutes and then scraped the sides with a fork and it shredded just like spaghetti. I was smiling as the fork pulled the squash into shreds like spaghetti! It really worked! And, it was so easy! I just had to get past the rind (life lesson).
Unfortunately, my family didn’t share the same enthusiasm for my new version of spaghetti. I think they need to ease into this alternative noodle based spaghetti dish. Remember the tater tot comment above. My boys thought it tasted like cooked cauliflower or carrots, but my daughter loved it. My goal this year is to cook more meatless dishes. This is a great side dish or pasta substitute. Baby steps.