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spaghetti squash instead of pasta?

Since it’s Friday, here’s a recipe for you all Smile

I’m sure most of you, especially if you are health conscious, have heard of substituting spaghetti squash for pasta.  I am one of those people that didn’t think this substitution sounded very appealing, but wanted to try it anyway.  These pictures were actually taken the second time that I made this dish, so the fact that I tried it a second time says something I guess, right?

This is what a spaghetti squash looks like, if you’re not familiar.  The outside is very hard and the inside resembles a pumpkin.

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I read that you can actually roast the squash whole, but I prefer to cut mine in half first (which is no easy task).  Once you get it split open, remove the seeds with a hard spoon.  Spray lightly with olive oil (I LOVE my misto sprayer) and then roast in the oven at 400 degrees for around 30-45 minutes, depending on the size of the squash.

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Once you remove it from the oven, scrape with a fork the squash will shred into strands that resemble pasta.

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Top with meatballs (turkey meatballs if you really want a healthy meal option!), some tomato sauce, and parmesan cheese.  Enjoy!DSC_0012

And now the real question- is spaghetti squash a good substitute for pasta?  Taste wise, I would say no.  It does not taste anything like my beloved angel hair pasta.  The texture is similar, but a little bit more firm.  However, health wise, I would say yes.  If you want to make positive changes in your diet, this would be a good one to make and over time it may be an acquired taste.  I think I’ll stick to pasta with my meatballs most nights though! 

Have you ever tried spaghetti squash?  What were your thoughts on it??