Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella

I had picked up a baby spaghetti squash, not knowing what I'd do with it - I only bought it because it was so cute! Only about 6 inches long, and a nice bright yellow. Along with the spaghetti squash, I also picked up a baby acorn squash. Again, cute!

For size reference, that's a 9x9 dish:
















Last night I cut it in half, and roasted it at 375 until it was done. I shredded out the "spaghetti", and stuck it in the fridge.
















Today, I cooked up a quick tomato sauce, using crushed San Marzano tomatoes, a little garlic and onion, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. I mixed the sauce into the squashy strands, placed half of it in a dish, sprinkled with basil, a layer of sliced fresh mozzarella, the rest of the squash, more basil, more mozzarella. Into the oven for about 30 minutes.
















Verdict? Thumbs up all around! Healthy, cheesy, tomatoey, a little crunchy from the squash. I don't think you'd fool anyone into thinking this is spaghetti, but it's delicious in its own right.

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12 comments:

Bob said...

That sounds mad good. Me and my girlfriend were just talking about spaghetti squash this afternoon.

Vicki said...

Hey Bob -
Eerily coincidental. I suggest you make some, lest ye be jinxed :)

Elle said...

Looks delicious! I love spaghetti squash!

Vicki said...

Hi Elle - Thanks! I always forget about spaghetti squash, I'm glad I finally bought one!

kat said...

This was a dish my mom loved to serve us when we were younger

Betts said...

I can almost smell it. It wouldn't fly here, because I live with a family of squash haters. How did I get mixed up with this bunch? I love that you choose vegetables based on cuteness.

Vicki said...

Hi Kat - I think my mom did something similar, but memories have faded :)

Hi Betts - Squash haters wouldn't be happy in my house. Just looked thru my posts, there's baby watermelon, baby cantaloupe, baby potatoes, an eggplant that looks like a dolphin. You're right!

tally-cat said...

That looks delicious! I hope to have my husband try this...

kellypea said...

I have never made spaghetti squash. Hard to believe, right? So you're tempting me to give it a go! Looks delish!

Vicki said...

Hi tally-cat - Thanks! I hope you & he like it.

Hi Kelly - I'm shocked! You need to remedy that missing part of your life quick :)

Carrera Lee said...

Mmmm looks delicious. Great idea, gonna try it for dinner tmrw night :)

Vicki said...

Hi Carrera Lee - Thanks! Hope you enjoy it.