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Roasted Spaghetti Squash 🍂🍝🎬

Roasted Spaghetti Squash 🍂🍝🎬

This lesson is 413 words, a 1 min 39 sec reading time. It is part of the Fall Collection.

📍 Introduction

Sometimes referred to as nature’s gluten-free pasta, spaghetti squash serves as a practical & tasty base for many meals. It has a texture reminiscent of noodles yet carries the nutritional value of a hearty root vegetable (42 calories & 10% of your daily fiber requirement per cup). Beloved by kids, vegetarians, and health nuts alike, this fall favorite may be one of the ultimate healthy crowd-pleasers. 

Roasted spaghetti squash costs about $1.50/lb, requires only ~10 minutes of active work, and stores for almost a week, making it exceptionally high leverage. With that said, the squash is relatively bland, so you’ll want to make sure to spruce it up with a delicious topping or sauce. There are some ideas listed below. Best of luck! 

🧂 Ingredients 

  • Spaghetti squash 

  • Olive oil

  • Salt & pepper 

⏲ Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F 

  2. Slice squash lengthwise & scoop out seeds

  3. Brush or wipe with olive oil & salt/pepper to taste 

  4. Roast face-down for ~30-40 min, or until tender. 

  5. Let cool a bit. Scrape & fluff insides with a fork. 

  6. Top or mix & enjoy! 

📓 Toppings Reference Guide: 

  • Vegetables: sautéed greens, tomato sauce, roasted vegetables 

  • Protein: bolognese, sautéed ground beef/pork, poached egg, nuts, chickpeas 

  • Creamy: cheese (e.g., parmesan, feta, gruyère), pesto, toasted pine nuts, cream/béchamel sauce

  • Herbs: oregano, lemon zest, basil, parsley

  • Spices: paprika, onion powder, curry, garlic powder, turmeric, garam masala

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📝 Notes, Tips & Tricks

  • The squash is ready when the interior is tender or the exterior skin has slightly collapsed. 

  • While often available year-round, peak season is early fall through winter. 

  • When purchasing, look for squashes that are firm, smooth & yellow.  

  • For creamier squash roast ~1 hour. For al denté strands, roast 30-40 min. 

  • The seeds are delicious when roasted. To make, clean them, toss in olive oil & salt, and roast for about 15 minutes (alongside the squash). Add spices (e.g., turmeric, paprika, cinnamon) to dress them up. 

  • Uncooked, uncut spaghetti squash lasts for up to 3 months. Store in a cool, dry place. Once cut & cooked, it lasts ~ 5 days. 

  • To freeze cooked squash, portion the noodles and save in small, airtight zip bags or Tupperware. 

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