FOFF Roasted Spaghetti Squash

by Joanne on October 17, 2012

The bright yellow, oval shaped squash you see in the store conceals a wonderful surprise in side:  “Spaghetti”.   Well, it’s not really spaghetti, it’s squash that you can extract from the outer skin with a fork to produce spaghetti like strands. 

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The flavor of spaghetti squash is lighter than butternut or acorn and not as sweet.  It needs just a little bit of help in the flavor department…like spaghetti.  Plain pasta doesn’t have as much taste as when you cover it with your favorite sauce or toppings.  That’s what we do with spaghetti squash.  We’ll add just a hint of flavor to make this dish everyone’s favorite.

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  • 1 spaghetti squash, halved length wise (long way) and seeds removed *To help you cut it, put the squash in the microwave for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 2 TBS light brown sugar (I used 1 TBS)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (or less)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped

Preheat the oven to 400 F. 

Brush oil on inside of each squash half and sprinkle with brown sugar, salt and pepper.  *Instead of brushing the squash with oil and putting the seasoning directly on it, I brushed the bottom of my pan with oil, sprinkled the sugar, salt and pepper over the bottom of the pan.  Place cut side down in pan and roast for 45 minutes until tender. Allow to cool 15 minutes before handling.

Scrape the inside of each squash half with a fork and put into a bowl. Toss with oil, salt and pepper,cheese and herbs. Serve immediately because it will dry out.

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It’s fun to eat and will pair well with most main courses.

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We had ours with a Mediterranean fish stew.  Perfection!

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3 Comments

  • At 2012.10.17 20:43, Lori said:

    Spaghetti squash is making the rounds on blogs lately! I want to try it in a cheesy dish next 😀

    • At 2012.10.18 10:08, Nutrient Profiling for Your Own Table said:

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      • At 2012.10.18 16:18, CCU said:

        How did I miss this, I loooove squash 😀

        Cheers
        CCU

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