Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Spaghetti's Cousin Twice Removed

My son loves gardening, so when I saw a spaghetti squash at a local farmer's market last summer, I had to get it to show him this magical vegetable that turns into something resembling something else he actually eats. I thought there was hope of getting a vegetable into him without a fight. He had a great time making it but wasn't about to eat any of it. Oh well, I tried. Of all the kids and teachers in the entire 1st grade, he was the only one who knew what a spaghetti squash was on a field trip this fall, so it wasn't all a loss.

Anyway, here's a simple way to make this vegetable that tastes really good.

First cut your squashes in half and remove the seeds and stringy parts.
Then place them in the oven at 350 for about 45 minutes or until they are fork tender (on the inside).

Now comes the fun part.

Take a fork and shred the inside flesh of the squash.

It will easily turn into spaghetti like strands.

It's amazing. I don't understand how it works, it just does.

It's one of those things you just have to take it for what it is and don't ask questions.

Now add your favorite spaghetti sauce and some parmesan cheese.

It would also good with some added vegetables like zucchini, if that's not squash overload for you.

Go ahead. Try something new.

Impress your friends and family with a magic vegetable dish.

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