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Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Several years ago Cloris introduced me to spaghetti squash, and I’ve been a devotee ever since. Spaghetti squash takes a long time to cook in the oven, though. It’s not a dish you can whip up quickly after arriving home from work. Or can you? Read on to learn how Cloris cuts her cooking time from an hour to fifteen minutes. -- AP


1. Cut squash in half lengthwise.

2. Scoop out seeds seeds.

3. Place cut sides down in microwave safe dish.

4. Add about a half inch of water to dish.

5. Cover with plastic wrap.

6. Microwave on high for 15-20 minutes, depending on size of squash.

7. Using a fork, shred into strands.

8. Toss with butter and parmesan cheese, spaghetti sauce, or brown gravy.


Liz said...

Never heard of this squash. Goodness.


Really, Liz? Ask your local grocer to carry it. You're missing out on a real treat.

Barbara D. said...

I love butternut squash & cook it like this in the microwave. I've always wanted to try spaghetti squash, but wasn't sure how to prepare it. I wonder if you could substitute it for traditional spaghetti & put spaghetti sauce on it?

Jane R said...

I have always liked squash but have never tried the spaghetti squash. It sounds good. Traditional spaghetti sauce would be tasty but I think it would especially good with just a bit of butter, a little garlic and some parmesan cheese. Yummy!


Barbara, you can absolutely substitute spaghetti squash for spaghetti. It's a much healthier, less fattening alternative. And as Jane suggests, it's also quite good with butter, garlic and Parmesan cheese.