Spaghetti Squash Mastery

450px-Spaghetti_Squash_cooked_and_prepared_3 aWinter squash is a vegetable that some people avoid because they are not sure how to cook it. Others give it a pass because the squashes are so very hard, and they are afraid that it would be too difficult to cut. Let’s gain a little cookery confidence by improving our squash skills using the family meal friendly spaghetti squash.

After cooking, have some fun dragging the tines of a fork lengthwise through the squash to remove those long lovely and nutritious strands. Look at that beautiful mountain of squash!

Since you cooked it, you may as well serve it. The easiest way is to drizzle a bit of garlic and olive oil on top – or add a ladle of spaghetti sauce and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

Below are eight different ways to cook spaghetti squash. Which one will be right for you? I usually use the whole squash in the oven method because my hands are arthritic and do not work well when I try to cut a hard squash in half. My slow cooker is not big enough for any but a smallish squash, but if it fits yours, it is such an easy method… or I could use the microwave method… Read More

Spaghetti Squash with Fresh Basil and Tomatoes

Squash Tomatoes BasilIngredients:

2 small or 1 large spaghetti squash, cooked, deseeded, and forked
4 T butter
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 roasted red bell peppers, chopped
1/4 t white pepper
1/8 t hot red pepper flakes
1/2 cup fresh basil, torn
2 T flat Italian parsley, chopped
1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano

Optional: drizzle of olive oil and more hot red pepper flakes
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