Thursday, April 8, 2010

Kitchen Adventures: An Alternative to Spaghetti

Good Morning Humble Readers...

So, I've been meaning to post this recipe for quite a while, but I'm finally getting around to it today.  I will confess that this is not an original recipe.  It's one I saw on the Rache.l R.ay Show a long time ago.  I've been making it for so long now and have tweaked it enough that I feel like it's my own.

I make this a lot in the fall, when squashes are in season, but occasionally even in the spring I can track down a hot house squash to use.  I hope you enjoy it. 

Spaghetti Squash Bolognese

(all amounts are flexible, depending on how many people you are serving)
1/2 med spaghetti squash per person
olive oil
salt & pepper
parmesean cheese

ground beef or turkey
tomato paste
diced tomatoes
shredded carrots
sliced mushrooms
diced onion
worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Carefully cut the squash in half lengthwise (use a clean dishtowel to hold it in place) and scoop out the seeds and guts.  Drizzle the flesh of the squash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Place cut side down on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for about a half hour. 

In the meantime, brown up your ground meat and drain away any excess fat.  Toss in the onion, shredded carrots, and mushrooms and allow to soften for a few minutes.  Add the tomato paste and stir it through the meat and veggies.  Then add the diced tomatoes and worcestershire sauce (a few dashes), minced or grated garlic, and herbs, and allow to simmer for a while to get the flavours to meld together. 

When the squash is done, remove them from the oven and carefully flip them over onto plates to serve. Then using a fork, shred the flesh of the squash until it looks like spaghetti noodles.  Sprinkle generously with parmesean cheese.  Spoon some of the bolognese sauce into the squash 'boat' and sprinkle with some more parm and some fresh parsley if you have it.



  1. love spaghetti squash, will have to try this out!

  2. OH. MY. GOSH! This looks divine! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to find squash at the grocery store!

  3. That sounds delicious and easy to make. Never tried spaghetti squash before, will will need to try some out now.

  4. I just happen to have a spaghetti squash in the fridge and ground turkey in the freezer. Guess what we're having for dinner tomorrow night!

  5. Oh that looks SO good! Can I have dinner at your house?! You eat good food!

    Sorry about your Easter dinner not turning out how you expected. I've never cooked lamb before, I'm too scared.

    Hope your morning sickness appeases, but not TOO much ;o)

  6. That looks all kinds of yummy. Maybe I can use to sneak veggies into the C's... A diabolical plan is hatching! I'm on pins and needles waiting for your ultrasound (of course, you're taking it all in stride, right!). Sounds like you're feeling pretty awful and experiencing the tits of wrath, though, and those are GREAT signs :)


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