Tuesday, April 24, 2012

{Recipe} ~ Spaghetti Squash

I tried something new tonight! I try lots of new recipes, but usually stick with ingredients I know what to do with and am familiar with how they'll taste. But spaghetti squash was something I had always wondered about but figured I would mess it up. Let me tell you, it's almost foolproof and yummy! 

I searched for awhile for instructions just on how to cook it. I found this article which was very helpful. I wanted to go the quicker route, as I went shopping after work and was starving by the time I got home for dinner. To be honest, cutting the squash lengthwise before cooking it was extremely difficult. I had to use some muscle power and didn't exactly cut it evenly, but it worked just fine after a few tries (and if you don't mind the uneven halves). I microwaved it cut side down on a plate, with plastic wrap across the plate. I cooked it 9 minutes, and that seemed to work.

Since I read that you can use this as a base, just like you would pasta, I just threw some ingredients together to top it off. I sauteed some veggies (tomatoes, red bell pepper, and onion) in olive oil with some salt and pepper. Once I shredded the squash with a fork, I stirred in a bit of pesto and topped it with the veggies. 

The result? Delicious! It's so similar to pasta, with twice the nutritional benefits and half the calories and carbs. I can't wait to try spaghetti squash with other toppings! It's a little sweeter than pasta, but would probably change flavor based on what you serve it with. Maybe just a dash more of salt and pepper would do the trick.

Here it is! My spaghetti squash creation! Hope you all try something new today, too!


Anna said...

Glad that you enjoy my blog, and I'm flattered that you liked my travel page enough to emulate! I love love love spaghetti squash, it can take a while to master but great dish to have.

Small world I'm also in SC--I wonder if you know my friend Nina Klem? She did accounting at Clemson too!

Charlotte said...

The name sounds really familiar! I believe she graduated a year before I did. 2009 maybe? Was she an officer in Beta Alpha Psi? I vaguely remember receiving emails from her! Small world indeed!