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An American Native: Spaghetti Squash

I am always trying to get more fruits and veggies in my diet, and while I am not quite sure which category spaghetti squash falls into I will freely admit I love it. Since it is National Spaghetti Day, I thought I'd pay a little tribute to this very unique squash.

When you first cut it open, the flesh looks like any other squash, but after it is cooked the flesh tears into ribbons resembling spaghetti. Don't be deceived by its looks - it tastes nothing like spaghetti. It is slightly sweet and, if not overcooked, is crunchy and watery, like cucumber.

Spaghetti squash is versatile and can be baked, boiled or steamed. Serve it with pasta sauce or use it as a vegetable base for macaroni and cheese. I like it with a little garlic sauteed in olive oil, a little fresh grated Parmesan cheese and roasted walnuts.

Nutritionally speaking spaghetti squash contains: folic acid, potassium, vitamin A, and beta carotene. Plus it's a low calorie food, averaging 75 calories in 8 cooked ounces. One more factual tidbit of note - it is a New World veggie, native to the Americas.

If you are interested in eating some, check out Cooks.com. The site has a bunch of recipes for spaghetti squash.

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spydernat spydernat 8 years
That sounds awesome and DEFINITELY something that I would try out - but I don't live in the States! Anyone know whether I can get that in Australia? xxx
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm I love all squash and this one is to die for!!!! I just bought some butternut and acorn to bake for dinner!
scratch5 scratch5 9 years
I don't really like pasta - which is a shame since my kids love it and it is so easy to cook. I do like this though. I haven't made it in years.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 9 years
ooo it is sooo soo good, i prefer it with oil instead of the reg. sause! it has so much more flavor than reg. noodles too! But anyone who makes it be prepared to have left overs...it makes soooo much,it doesnt seem like it at first but when its all done you have enough to feed a small army!
Alleigh Alleigh 9 years
I have always wanted to try this!!! Maybe tonight!?!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
ha ha @ DR I'm all in.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
crispet, uuh,hmmm, well....sure, yea I like some pasta! :D Did that sound convincing?! :ROTFL:
bluejeanie bluejeanie 9 years
i looooooooove all squash in all its forms. :love: i think spaghetti squash is good breaded and fried with red sauce on top. mmmmm
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I don't like spaghetti right now as I puked it up last week....spaghetti squash however, yum. do you have to cook it before you open it? My mom has always cooked it. I think it tastes a bit buttery without the butter. yummy. I wouldn't think to put pasta sauce on it or use it instead of pasta...what a good idea. I'm all in.
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Haha @ texture sensitivity, so true. DR-We are no longer friends if you dont like spaghetti. Unless you like other forms of pasta. Lets hope so...
DStirk DStirk 9 years
i have never heard of this before, is that wierd? i am totally interested but i have a major texture sensitivity (i can eat anything with weird textures) so i wonder if this would fall into that category.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
I don't like spaghetti, but I love spaghetti squash. I like to drizzle olive oil over it and mix in some pesto. :DROOL:
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