Sunday, October 17, 2010

Spaghetti squash spaghetti

I was an odd child growing up.  I preferred steamed vegetables over cake and candy.  I cried when it was pizza night but cheered when we were having brussel sprouts or squash.  Like I said, I was odd.  My dad was the cook in the family, and he loved vegetables.  I remember him making spaghetti, butternut, and acorn squash.  This morning I was reading the latest issue of Runners World Magazine, and I stumbled across instructions for cooking spaghetti squash.  Then I recalled that my mom told me she recently tried spaghetti made with the squash instead of pasta.  I decided I'd do that myself.  I actually had never tried spaghetti squash in spaghetti, so I was excited.  I captured the process in photos.
November 2010 issue

My squash.  After removing the sticker, I put several holes in it then baked at 400C for an hour.
Since my meatballs do not come close to Chris's mom's meatballs, I opted to buy the delicious Publix meatballs.  They come on a bed of spinach, which I tossed in the pan as well.  These really are delicious!  They do tend to run a little on the greasy side, so I cook them then pat them on paper towels.  I added mushrooms too after the picture.
Sauce.  These were on sale, buy-one-get-one-free at Publix.  Being on a budget, I love a good sale.
I wasn't sure how much of the squash would be edible, and Chris seemed hesitant to try the squash, so I decided to cook some pasta as well.  This tri-colored fettuccine has a whole serving of vegetables, and it was also on sale. 
While the meatballs and pasta were cooking, I let the squash cool before cutting it.
The cooked squash.
I scooped out all of the seeds.
Scraping out the deliciousness.
It looks like spaghetti!
I added some salt and pepper.  Delicious by itself!
I used a few noodles, but mostly the squash.  Then I topped with sauce (including meatballs and mushrooms) and some Parmesan/Ramona (?) cheese.
After mixing it all together.

DELICIOUS!!!!  The squash added a bit of a crunch which I enjoyed.  Chris even enjoyed it and had seconds (including squash!).  I will definitely make this meal again.  I also intend to cook butternut and acorn squash while they are in season.


  1. You make me hungry!!! :) It looks soo delicious!!

  2. oh wow! You make eating healthy look yummy!!
    I'm gonna steal it!! Thanx!!

  3. This looks so good! I have to try it!

  4. seriously the meatballs look incredible! i love how each one has a bit of green wilted to the side of it <3
    really yummy paired with pasta and spaghetti squash!!! <3

  5. You're crazy if you think I'm not trying this.

    Still you lost me at 'veggies over cake'


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