Saturday, November 8, 2008

Spaghetti Squash~

Spaghetti (also called vegetable spaghetti, vegetable marrow, noodle squash or squaghetti) - A small, watermelon-shaped variety, ranges in size from 2 to 5 pounds or more. It has a golden-yellow, oval rind and a mild, nut like flavor. When cooked, the flesh separates in strands that resemble spaghetti pasta. The yellowest Spaghetti squash will be the ripest and best to eat. Those that are nearly white are not very ripe. Although it may seem counter intuitive, larger spaghetti squash are more flavorful than smaller ones.
To prepare spaghetti squash, cut the gourd in half lengthwise and remove the seeds, sprinkle some olive oil, sea salt, pepper and garlic on top, then bake( 350 for 1 hour) or broil (20 minutes) until tender. Once cooked, use a fork to rake out the "spaghetti-like" stringy flesh, and serve with any Pasta vegatable sauce you would use on noddles..
Spaghetti Squash can be stored at room temperature for about a month. After cutting, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 2 days. Spaghetti squash also freezes well. Available year-round - season early fall through winter.

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