Last night seemed like the perfect chance to make my Spaghetti Squash. At first, I was a little intimidated by the challenge of doing so in a college dorm. I didn't have the necessary utensils and ingredients to do it in the basement oven, so I did my research and headed to the kitchenette down the hall. Turns out: It's pretty darn easy! Here's the lowdown:
What You'll Need:
- 1 Spaghetti Squash
- a large plate or serving dish
- a (decently) sharp knife
- a fork (FYI: plastic doesn't work so well)
- seasonings (I used garlic salt)
- optional: cheese!
- optional: a measuring cup
-optional: an oven mitt
First, cut the ends off your squash and then slice it in half lengthwise to form two little boats. The inside will have lots of gunky stuff, so scrape out the seeds and the "innards," but leave the strands that will later become your spaghetti! I did this step with my hands, but if you've got other means: Go for it!
Pop the whole thing in the microwave and nuke it for 10 minutes or so. Most of my preparation and cooking was based off this blog post by MeganRuth, which pointed out that the spaghetti strands should be more of a clearer yellow when done cooking. For my squash, it was about 10.5 minutes, but it also depends on your microwave. The one in our dorm kitchenette is quite ancient.
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HERE). Plus, each cup is only 42 calories so you can load up on healthy toppings like low-fat cheese, veggies and sauce. Add some healthy sides and you've got a well balanced meal. Or you can do what I did and have the pasta as a fun, evening snack. Either way, even diehard pasta fans need to give this one a try! If you're wary, you can also try mixing it half and half with real pasta to get the best of both worlds. Among the recipes I still want to try with Spaghetti Squash: pizza boats, pizza crust and spaghetti squash seasoned with pesto (or nut butter?!) I've committed to making some for the family when I'm home this summer, and I think I'll have plenty of chances to experiment once they fall in love with this delicious treat like I have. It believe the Spaghetti Squash just earned a spot on my lists of Top 10 Favorite Foods and Best College Snacks!