I love squash; butternut, acorn, pumpkin, I could go on and on. But, spaghetti squash is really unique in its texture, it’s simple to cook and a plate of it the size of your head is under 100 calories. Like the name suggests, it is a good substitute for spaghetti because it contains fibers that, once cooked, easily separate to form spaghetti-like strands. I like it served simple with some butter, parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper; kind of like a pasta aglio olio. I’ve also made it into “potato pancakes.”
The cooking method I prefer is to bake it in the oven. I cut the squash in half length-wise and remove the seeds. I use a melon baller to remove the seeds. It’s a tough little tool and really scoops out the seeds easily leaving a nice smooth surface on the squash.
I then place the squash, cut side down into a large glass baking dish. Fill the pan with water to about 1/4- 1/2 inch in height. You don’t want too much water as it will make the squash wet and watery.
Here I have made a simple sauce to serve over the spaghetti squash.
4 turkey sausages, casings removed
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 can of diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can of tomato sauce
2-3 Tablespoons of tomato paste
1 jar of gigante beans in tomato sauce – I picked these beans up at Trader Joes because they looked cool. They really are gigantic (which explains the name “gigante”) white beans with a mild, almost buttery flavor. They gave some nice texture to the sauce and took on the flavor of the sauce nicely.
Drizzle a bit of olive oil into a skillet; 2 full turns around the pan. Sautee the onion and turkey sausage until the sausage is browned and fully cooked. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes more. Add the remaining ingredients and cook until all of the ingredients are heated through. Stir in the tomato paste to thicken the sauce to desired consistency. Serve over a plate of the spaghetti squash. Garnish with the sliced olives.
Sometimes I mix some whole grain angel hair pasta in with the spaghetti squash to really make it feel like a pasta dish and it is really delicious.