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Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

hanseth posted this recipe for Stuffed Spaghetti Squash. So I cobbled together this recipe after reading her post and the original post from Straight From the Farm based on what food I had on hand.

I had never cooked or eaten a spaghetti squash before. I was thrilled to scrape it out with a fork and see it separate out into strands and think to myself, "Oh! So that's why it's called spaghetti squash!" However, I was surprised that the texture was slightly crunchy. Is that how it's supposed to be? Or did I need to roast it longer? Cranberries were decidedly tart. Brian saw the bright red and kept expecting it to be sweet before he realized they were cranberries. Next time I think I'll reduce the cranberries to 1/2 cup and add 1/2 cup of golden raisins to add some sweetness.

Afterwards, we salted the squash seeds and fried/toasted them in some vegetable oil. Yum. Not as wonderful as the pumpkin seeds but still very tasty. I'm bummed that the grocery store doesn't seem to sell pumpkins anymore. Is it just a Halloween thing? In any case, I may be cooking squashes more often just to get at their seeds.

I was pleased with this dish since it made sure I ate my veggies. I served it up with a Sausage Pasta Bake. And if you're counting (and I certainly am), this makes #47 in my quest for 50 new recipes tried in 2007.

small photo of Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

1 spaghetti squash
1 Tbsp. grapeseed oil (or olive oil)
1 shallot, thinly sliced
kale, cut into thin strips (about 4 cups)
3/4 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 cup white wine (or vegetable broth or chicken broth)
1/4 to 1/2 cup Asiago cheese, shredded

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. While oven preheats, cut the spaghetti squash in half and scoop out seeds. (you can save the seeds to roast later for a snack.) Put a piece of foil on a baking dish, spray it with some cooking spray, and set the squash cut side down on the foil. Bake for 30 minutes and then remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. Prep the shallots and kale while the squash bakes or cools.
  4. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil and then saute the shallots and kale for about 5 minutes until the kale is wilted. Add cranberries and wine/broth to the skillet and cover. Lower the heat and let simmer for 4-5 minutes until most of the liquid is gone.
  5. Scoop out the spaghetti squash with a fork and add the squash to the skillet. Mix everything together.
  6. Return mixture to the scraped out squash shells. Sprinkle with Asiago cheese and place under preheated broiler for 3-4 minutes until cheese melts and gets toasty.

photo of stuffed spaghetti squash

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Wow, that looks so good my mouth watered a bit even though I just ate dinner! I think you may have needed to cook the spaghetti squash longer, but that's just a guess because every time I've eaten it has on the softer side. Thanks for posting that, I will definitely try it sometime. BTW, I just posted a really easy recipe for chili, come on over to my LJ and check it out!

Yes the consensus seems to be to cook it a bit longer. I'll give it another try because I did like having all those vegetables and it was so photogenic :)

50 in a year sounds fun....maybe my 2008....all protein, all the time...

are you on a low-carb diet? Or you just prefer protein? Or is the protein to match your exercise regimen?

I just prefer protein, and tend to go high-pro on workout days, and post-workout days.

oh ok...well I'll be happy to see the recipes you try. I need to stock up on more red meat. My iron counts have been too low the last few times I tried to donate platelets.

Yum! Roasting it longer will make it softer, yes. I like it with a little bite but not actual crunch. Too much cooking and it will turn to mush though. It takes a little practice.

Definitely going to try this again and roast it longer next time. Thanks for the tip.

Yum! I'm glad you tried it. I would have gone with kale too, but I didn't have any on hand. I like your idea of adding raisins for some sweetness.

And yes, a longer roast will make the squash softer -- but it's like good al dente pasta, you want it (or, I should say, I want it) with some texture. The squash doesn't have much flavor to me, so I want the texture to compensate.

Oh, and later in the week, Barb and I went to a friend's house for dinner. She has a slight wheat allergy, so she served her main dish (some sort of squid thing, very lovely) over a bed of spaghetti squash instead of pasta. Awesome.

Cool. I'm very glad you posted that recipe. I've never had spaghetti squash before so it's nice to add a new vegetable to the list of choices. The idea of serving things over a bed of spaghetti squash instead of pasta is quite clever!(though I'm not sure how I would feel about spaghetti squash with a marinara sauce.)

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