Raw, the flesh looks much like other types of squash, but when you cook it, poke the flesh with a fork and it looks like spaghetti.
It really does peel away in strands to form long noodles. Yet, I can’t say it really tastes like spaghetti noodles. However, you can use them the same way.
And this spaghetti is packed with nutrition…
- It’s high in B vitamins 3, 5 and 6, essential to maintaining vibrant health and high energy to get through your days.
- It also has copper, manganese, zinc, calcium and magnesium all important minerals for maintaining strong healthy bones.
- It’s also high in fiber while being low in calories… so enjoy noodles even on a carbohydrate restricted diet.
So, if you’ve enjoyed enough real spaghetti for the week, you can turn to spaghetti squash to keep enjoying noodles without that heavy feeling from all the carbs of grain.
Here are a few ways to make use of this interesting autumn squash…
What You Can do with Spaghetti Squash
The mild flavour of this squash makes it quite versatile. It won’t over power the dish.
You can use it as
- a substitute for regular noodles,
- a vegetable, or
- an edible container for stuffing, similar to stuffed zucchini, or
- the main vegetable in this frittata, or
- the secret ingredient in fabulous fritters!
Here’s an easy way to get the noodles from your spaghetti squash to make preparation quick and easy.
Easy Way to Get Your Squash Noodles
- Take your spaghetti squash and cut off both ends.
- Set your squash up on end on a cutting board and solid surface. Press down using a sharp knife to cut the squash in half.
- Scoop out the pulp and seeds with a spoon and set aside.
- Poke a few holes through the skin of your squash using a fork.
- Set it into the microwave and microwave for 5 minutes and test with a fork. Bigger squash will take longer.
- Microwave another 2 minutes more until it is soft and tender and you can remove the spaghetti strands of flesh.
- Let cool down and then use a fork to peel out the inside.
And, if you have more Spaghetti Squashes than you can use right away, you can easily store them for use later.
How To Store Spaghetti Squash
You can store it whole. First make sure it doesn’t have any warts, injuries or holes in the skin as these will shorten it’s shelf life considerably – best cut it up then. Otherwise, you can store whole spaghetti squash in the pantry, ideally a little cool at 10C to 15 C with low humidity. You can store it for up to 3 months this way.
If the squash has been cut or has holes in the skin, it’s best to wrap it in plastic and put into an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator… ideally in a humidity controlled drawer. You can store if for up to 5 days this way.
Once it’s been cooked, it won’t stand for long in the refrigerator, just 2 days. It’s better to package in an airtight container or bag leaving a little room for expansion on freezing. You can enjoy it a month or two later. If you’re a menu planner, consider portion packing for your favourite recipes and enjoy the convenience of having ready to use squash noodles from your freezer, just get it out the day before and let thaw in the fridge or defrost it in the microwave..