Summer pasta, spaghetti squash style

Summer Pasta with Spaghetti Squash

The first time I heard of spaghetti squash, I was confused. Was it spaghetti or was it squash? (I have similar feelings about chicken fried steak.) So I had to figure out the answer by using the google tool on the internet machine. Maybe you’ve heard of it?

I found out spaghetti squash is low in calories and people on the Paleo diet prefer it. I’m not on the Paleo diet, but eating things cavemen eat makes a lot of sense to me. After I got my spaghetti squash home and used my uber-strong arm muscles to cut it in half length-wise, I realized, if “spaghetti arms” translates to “can open spaghetti squash easily,” my arms have been aptly name. (I have no upper body strength and give all credit to my chef’s knife.)

The next step was removing the pumpkin-like seeds and adding olive oil, salt, and pepper to roast these two halves in the oven. I put both halves shell side up in glass baking dish that went a 450° oven for an hour. After I took it out, I let it cool for a few minutes. When it came time to scrape the “spaghetti noodles,” my question about what spaghetii squash is was answered. This is a vegetable that can be used for fooling your husband into thinking he’s being served carbs. In actuality, he’s getting squash. This is a nasty trick and I only suggest you try this if you want to see a man’s “how-dare-you” face. This went over much better with my Bachelorette-viewing girl friends.  So after the squash cooled for 5 minutes, I picked up each half with an oven mitt on and took a fork with my other hand. Using the fork, I just started scraping the squash and out came noodle-like strands! It was pasta magic!

I used my mother-in-law’s recipe from this point:

Angel hair pasta/spaghetti squash

3 garlic cloves, minced

5 leavs of basil, julienned

3 springs of green onion, minced

olive oil, salt, pepper

20-30 cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions:  Cook pasta according to package directions (or use spaghetti squash!). Heat olive oil in a sauté pan and add garlic, green onions, and basil for 3 minutes. Add dried off cherry tomatoes and salt and pepper. Cut pasta and add to pan after drying off.

Optional – top with feta and share on Instgram.