Vegetarian Side Dish
My daughter decided to become a vegetarian two years ago. I am always looking for vegetarian recipes that I think she will enjoy. Our local grocery stores carry spaghetti squash, so I decided to purchase one a few months ago and now make this dish quite often.
I like to sprinkle a bit of freshly ground black pepper, course sea salt and Chinese five spice powder, or nutmeg over the squash before baking it in the oven. I have tried serving spaghetti squash with tomato sauce but didn't care for it. I will stick to regular pasta to serve along with tomato sauce. Spaghetti squash, like most squashes, has a slightly sweet taste and is complimented with a variety of sweet spices such as Chinese five spice powder, nutmeg and allspice.
Spaghetti Squash Recipe Ingredients
- 1 spaghetti squash
- Olive oil
- Chinese five spice powder
Spaghetti Squash Recipe Directions
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut the spaghetti squash in half.
- Use a large metal spoon to scrape out the seeds and stringy pulp, just like you would clean a pumpkin before carving it.
- Spray a large baking dish with non stick cooking spray.
- Place the spaghetti squash, flesh side up, on the bottom of the pan.
- Brush each half of the squash with a bit of oil.
- Sprinkle each squash half with black pepper, salt and Chinese five spice powder.
- Place the squash in the oven and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours depending on the size of the squash. You want to cook the spaghetti squash until it is tender.
- Remove the squash from the oven and let cool slightly.
- Use a large fork to scrape the squash out of it's shell. It should pull apart into short strings which look a bit like spaghetti.
- Add the squash to a mixing bowl and add a tablespoon or two of butter or margarine.
- Taste the squash and add additional salt, pepper and Chinese five spice powder if necessary.
- Serve immediately.
- Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days.
Above: add a bit of butter or margarine to the cooked spaghetti squash then place in an attractive serving dish.
Lynn Smythe AKA the Cuisine Diva