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Do you use Spaghetti squash in place of pasta?

I remember when pasta was a huge staple in this house, but  since going gluten free several years ago, we  have cut down our pasta consumption a fair bit, or at least I have. I do make pasta for my husband and daughter [gluten free of course], but when I make them pasta now, I usually end up having something else.  I do like the gluten free pastas we have tried, but I wanted to have something different; one of my favorite pasta alternatives is spaghetti squash. I love squash and I love the versatility with this vegetable. It looks just like noodles when prepared and it is very filling as well as a  very nutritious vegetable. And if you are trying to cut down on carbs… it is a great  low carb pasta alternative.

 Spaghetti squash can be used as a “pasta” base for so many different types of sauces- this is a one that I really enjoy -it is an alfredo type sauce with bacon; it is very  good, especially if you are a bacon lover! Most of the time I have my squash with either a pesto or tomato sauce, but you can have it any way you normally like your pasta.  If you haven’t tried it, you should!

 spaghetti squash

Baked or roasted spaghetti squash

1 med sized spaghetti squash [ larger will take longer]

Wash and dry the Spaghetti squash and prick all over with a fork – place in oven at 350 for approx 30 – 40 min on a baking tray [will depend on the size too]- turn every so often – once you can squeeze it easily, it should be done. [ I also like to do it on the BBQ , but you really have to watch it here]. if you are in a bit of a hurry you can do it in the microwave, after pricking with  fork – place in microwave and cook for 5 min at a time turning upside down each time for approx 15-20 – test if done by squeezing gently.

spaghetti squash

Once it is done take it out of oven, be careful – will be really hot! Cut in  half and scoop out the seeds, you can then take a fork and ‘scrape ‘ the noodles out onto a dish until ready. Add your favourite sauce, and enjoy!

What sauces do you like to use with your pasta?

 

 

9 thoughts on “Do you use Spaghetti squash in place of pasta?

  1. Judy Cowan

    I have seen this done many times but I have never tried it. Not sure my family would go for squash instead of pasta but it might be worth a try!

  2. Victoria Ess

    This is my favourite thing to do!! I also love making vegetable lasagna with eggplant or zucchini! Have you tried that?

  3. Anne Taylor

    I have been wanting to try this for so many years, but haven’t yet made it! Thank you for the recipe!

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