Thursday, October 4, 2012

Baked Spaghetti Squash

Fall is officially upon us!  Can you believe it's already October?  Where has the year gone?  Like so many of you, I'm so incredibly excited that fall is here!  It's time for football, chilis and stews, pumpkin, and so much more. 
If you're anything like me, you can tell what season is nearing by looking around at the fruits and vegetables in your local market.  When I start seeing all of the fall and winter squash and gords I can't help but get excited!  That actually happened a few weeks ago for me!  I went to the store and right when I walked through the door there it was, glowing in aww.  A huge display of butternut squash, spaghetti squash and pumpkins.  What a site that was.  After I composed myself I quickly darted to the display and just stared at it in all it's beauty and then quickly snatched up a delicious spaghetti squash.
 

If you've never had spaghetti squash you are definitely missing out.  It's all the buttery goodness of your normal spaghetti noodles but without any added butter and it's better for you!  That's a win win, right?  I could honestly get a fork and take a baked spaghetti squash, sit down and devour it.  Yes, it's that good.  This squash, while delicious on it's own is so versatile and can be substituded for spaghetti in pretty much any dish.  While this recipe is basic, it's definitely delicious and one that everyone should try!


Baked Spaghetti Squash
Ingredients:

1 Spaghetti squash
Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Cut spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise.  Using a large spoon, scoop out and discard the seeds and fibers.  Place the squash on a baking sheet, cut side up, and season with salt and pepper.  Place in preheated oven and bake for 1 hour.

Remove the baked squash and allow to cool about 15 minutes.  Once the squash has cooled, and can be handled, use a fork and gently scrape the flesh a little at a time.  It will separate into spaghetti-like strands.  Place in a serving dish and serve hot.*

*For a fun presentation, place all of the spaghetti squash strands in one half of the squash shell.  

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