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Spaghetti Squash Looks Like A Giant Sauropod Egg


Spaghetti Squash

— but the real disguise is inside.

Spaghetti? I Have A Bridge I Can Sell You…

Camouflaged in the bright yellow shell is a squash that shreds like strands of spaghetti. That’s where the resemblance ends!

The first time I had spaghetti squash it had an Italian pasta sauce on it!

Disaster.

My mind couldn’t get over the visual— and it tasted like sweet overcooked mush with pasta sauce on it. Ugh.

Spaghetti squash has the burden of looking like spaghetti with the flavor of a borderline mild acorn squash. I say the burden because my mind doesn’t like tricks with my pasta.

I thought… why not try it more like a macaroni and cheese, still have the fun of surprise and the taste might work…

Trickster Squash Casserole

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

1 Spaghetti Squash

¼ cup No-So-Virgin Olive Oil* recipe posted 11-2-10

2 stalks Broccoli, chopped bite-size

1 medium red onion, chopped

½ cup shredded Asiago cheese or sharp cheddar, feta or provolone (these cheeses are all optional)

½ cup Panko crumbs( great for the crunch!)

12 pitted black olives, sliced

Salt and pepper

½ cup Parmesan

Cook Whole Watch For Air Holes That Bubble

Wash Squash and pierce top of Spaghetti Squash with a skewer to let steam escape —so it won’t explode!!!

Place on foil or baking sheet on center rack in 375°F. oven, bake for 45 minutes.

While squash is baking, sauté onions, broccoli in NSVOO*, set aside.

Saute Red Onion and Caulilflower

When squash is baked. Remove from oven with oven-mitts. Let cool about 5 minutes. Cut in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and spoon out excess moisture.

Shred Strands The Length Of Squash

Hold ½ squash in a one-mitt hand. With a long tong fork in the other hand, scrape the inside from the top down in continuous long strands. The squash will start to look pasta past ‘a dente’! Place  ‘spaghetti’ strands in a lightly oiled ovenproof casserole.

Add Olives, Broccoli, Onions, Panko and Cheese

With a “Light and fluffy fork-fold” fold in broccoli and onion mixture,  cheese, Panko crumbs, black olives. Strands are fragile.

Sprinkle top with Parmesan. Place under broiler until top is browned.

Slice like Lasagna and serve.

Slice Like Lasagna

My biggest mistake was not making two!

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9 thoughts on “Spaghetti Squash Looks Like A Giant Sauropod Egg

    • Polly, He says it best!
      “Several things set panko aside from regular bread crumbs. The first thing is the coarse grind, which creates bread crumbs which are more like flakes than crumbs. The flakes have a large surface area, which absorbs seasoning well. They tend to stay crispy longer than regular bread crumbs, and they also absorb less grease.” https:// http://www.wisegeek.com

  1. So are they are fancy bread crumbs…They look great, do you have to go to little Italy for them or do they have them at Trader Joes?

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