Spaghetti Squash in a Nutshell

We all love pasta.  It’s the first thing that children learn to eat.  It’s comfort food that stick with us.  Unfortunately, it’s not something that should be consumed everyday.  Here’s is an easy substitution for that yummy pasta, and one that’s good for you!

What you will need:

Spaghetti squash

jar of your favorite sauce

garlic salt

mozzarella cheese

hamburger meat or vegetables (optional)

Your instructions:

1. Cut your squash in half using a large chef’s knife.  **Be careful!!!  The squash will fight–keep one hand on the squash and out of the way of the knife.**

2. Clean out the seeds with a spoon (if some of the guts come with it, that’s ok…You’ll have plenty to eat).

3. In a large pot of boiling water, carefully place each half in the boiling water using long tongs.  Boil for 15 minutes.

4. Using the tongs, take the halves out of the boiling water and drain in colander. Let it cool for a few minutes.

5. Take each half and scrap out the guts using a fork.  Here is where the squash gets its name.  It looks just like spaghetti!  Scrap all the guts into a bowl and set the squash skins aside.

6. Add garlic salt (I would suggest half a palm full) to squash and stir.  Mix in your sauce mixture (I add ground meat to my sauce).

7. If the skins are intact, you can use them as bowls and fill each skin with the squash and place in an 8×8 glass dish.  If they aren’t, then discard and use only the glass dish.

8.  Sprinkle cheese on top and bake in a 425 oven for 15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.  Set aside and allow to cool before serving.

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One thought on “Spaghetti Squash in a Nutshell

  1. I just LOVE Squash Spaghetti!!! My parents have made it so many times and I seriously can’t tell the difference and sometimes I think the squash makes for a better flavor. And another plus…it’s SO much healthier than noodles! Great post, I need to try to make it sometime soon!

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