A friend kndly gave me a couple of beautiful Spaghetti Squash the other day- and I was determined to do them justice.
If you've never cooked this intriguing vegetable, I do recommend it. Though they look ordinary from the outside, they are anything but.
First of all, you need to roast the beast. You can try slicing it first- but I only achieved this by placing it in a woodworking vice and sawing it with a hacksaw!
It's easier to roast it whole in a hot oven for 40 minutes or so, until you can get a knife into it easily.
|Roasted until ready to be sliced|
|Slice in half and scrape out the seeds|
|Pull away the 'spaghetti' with a fork|
Butter a gratin dish and mix your squash with a Bolognaise Ragout ( you don't need me to tell you how to make a Bol sauce, I'm sure)
Sprinkle the top with grated cheese:
Bake at 170 degrees until brown and bubbling.
The leftovers went well in my Use-it-up Minestrone Soup- with the addition of some more tomato stock, some peas, green onions and orzo pasta.
Or fry with some beaten eggs, tomato and cheese for a Bol Frittata:
|Squash and Bolognaise Sauce|
|Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake|
|Squash Bolognaise Gratin|
|Add onions, peas, pasta and tomato stock for a|
|Squash Bol Frittata|
half a spaghetti squash - pulled into fronds
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 block of egg noodles
3 spring onions
1 tbsp crunchy veg eg. radishes, peppers, baby corn
Pad Thai sauce- made from 3 tbsp peanut butter, 1 finely sliced chilli, 1 tbsp lime juice, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp mirin ( or sherry )
Chopped cashew nuts for garnish
1. Cook the noodles and drain
2. Stir fry the spring onions and other veg (including the squash) in a wok
3. Mix the egg with the soy sauce
4. Pour in the egg mixture and cook quickly together with the veg
5. Add the noodles and the Pad Thai sauce
6. Wok cook quickly, and serve with chopped cashew nuts on top
Mix 3 tbsp spaghetti squash fronds with 1 chopped onion, 2 tsp turmeric, a tsp salt and 1 tbsp garam masala ( or curry powder ):
|Mix up onion rings, squash and spices|
|Mix in a tablespoon of flour|
|Dough ready for shaping|
|Dough shaped and ready for frying|
|Fry ( or bake) in hot oil|
|Spaghetti Squash Bhajias|
|'Spaghetti' Seeds for planting|
I'll let you know how they do.