Takin’ the Pasta Out of Spaghetti

Spaghetti with meatballs may be one of my all time favorite comfort foods. The only problem with this dinner is that I like to eat a biiiig helping of the pasta and am left feeling overly stuffed every time.

I recently discovered a wonderful substitution for the noodles: spaghetti squash.

Sliced Spaghetti Squash

Sliced Spaghetti Squash

To begin making tonight’s dinner I preheated the oven to 375 degrees and had Ryan cut the squash in half (it’s very tough, so be careful).

I removed the seeds and placed the squash face down on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.

Seeded Spaghetti Squash

Seeded Spaghetti Squash

Ready to Bake

Ready to Bake

I let the squash bake for around 40 minutes, though you could bake it for a little less time if it’s a smaller squash. Once the squash was tender, I forked out the “spaghetti” strands.

The "Noodles"

The "Noodles"

This squash yielded a lot of “spaghetti.”

Lots of Squash

Lots of Squash

I placed a large amout of the squash in a bowl and topped it with roasted zucchini, squash, marinara, Morningstar Farms crumbles and Parmesan cheese.

Morningstar Farms Crumbles

Morningstar Farms Crumbles

Dinner Time

Dinner Time

Dig In!

Dig In!

Once I stirred it all up, it looked a lot less attractive, but tasted phenomenal!

Looks Gross, Tastes Good!

Looks Gross, Tastes Good!

I have a tendency to love disgusting-looking food. I think I get this from my dad. Our plates at Thanksgiving are utterly repulsive. We mix everything together: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, peas… the works!

I’ll never forget one of my first dinners at Ryan’s mom’s house. She served mashed potatoes with gravy and peas and I stirred mine all together. She said she knew I was “one of them” when I turned such an attractive meal into a plate of delicious mush! I guess this will be a tradition Ryan and I will continue together!

Question: What is your favorite nasty looking food?

10 Responses

  1. I definitely want to make spaghetti squash asap. I only recently discovered such a thing and it looks a-maz-ing!

  2. I make a pumpkin soup that is awesome but kinda looks like baby puke! It is one of my favorite fall things but it isn’t the prettiest thing ever.

  3. I would agree with Mellissa that most creations I make with pumpkin looks pretty nast but taste so good!

  4. This spegetti squash thing is quite the revelation! I had no idea! I’m making that next week 🙂 I’m doing your pork and apples tonight (extra apples)!

  5. I’m the same way at Thanksgiving. My Plate is one big pie of delicious mush and I love it! Glad you did a post on the spaghetti squash, I still havent done it!

  6. i made speghetti squash last night too! it looked JUST like yours! it was soo tasty! its amazing how naturally sweet it is!! AMAZING! adn your meal looks fab!

  7. […] prepared the squash just like I did last time, and forked out the “spaghetti” strands to serve as my “pasta” […]

  8. […] noodles on hand and was feeling way to lazy to make homemade lasagna, I settled for a big bowl of spaghetti squash, topped with ricotta, Parmesan cheese, marinara sauce, roasted broccoli and roasted […]

  9. too funny i make this meal all the time with the soy crumbles, but never tried the zucchini…looks yum!

  10. […] After 40 minutes in the oven, the squash was ready for noodleizing. (You may read about how I prep spaghetti squash here.) […]

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