Spaghetti squash has become very popular in recent years. This oval squash when cooked, the inside flesh pulls out of the shell in long strands, similar to spaghetti pasta. This easy to cook squash has approximately one quarter of the calories compared to the cooked pasta. It has only 10 grams of carbs per cup when most pasta has 40 grams.
Spaghetti squash is considered a fruit. It is well known for wide range of nutrients, some of which are Vitamin C and A, Calcium, Potassium, omega-3 and omega-6, beta-carotene and fiber. The healthy squash is available year-round and tastes like a stringy squash with a mild flavour.
Spaghetti squash adds texture and delicious flavour to soups, stews, salads and can replace pasta in most recipes. When following a gluten free and grain free diet this squash is an excellent replacement for regular pasta. The most important thing about this squash is that it is cooked to perfection. Otherwise, it can turn into mush or be undercooked.
STEP BY STEP COOKING INSTRUCTIONS FOR PERFECT SPAGHETTI SQUASH
Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Cut about ½-inch of the top and bottom of the squash
Cut the squash crosswise into 1-inch rings and remove the seeds
Brush both sides of the squash with olive oil and place on prepared baking sheet
Season with salt and pepper
Bake for 30 minutes and then cool
Pull the skin away from the squash and using your fingers pull the strands apart
The squash is ready to be used