Spaghetti squash

 

 

 

 

1 medium spaghetti squash (see Note for preparation)
2 tablespoons good quality olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Salt and pepper

Prepare spaghetti squash (See Note).
Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
Add onion and sauté until tender, approximately 5 minutes.
Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
Stir in tomatoes and cook for approximately 1 minute, just until tomatoes are warm.
Use a large fork to shred the “spaghetti” from the squash and place in a large bowl.
Add sautéed vegetables, olives and basil.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve warm.

Serves 4

Note: Spaghetti Squash The Microwave Way

 

spaghetti squash

 

 

 

 

 

Spaghetti squash

Cut the spaghetti squash lengthwise (you can remove stem first, but try and not cut through the ends).
Scrape out seeds and fibers using a ice cream scoop or large spoon.
Put squash in a close-fitting microwave dish (oval casserole).
Keep squash stable. May have to slice a thin strip from bottom of squash.
Place top half of squash on top of bottom.
No need to cover with plastic wrap.
Microwave squash for 10 minutes (if small) or more, if larger.
Test for doneness. Wearing an oven mitt, squeeze top half gently.
If flexible, its likely to be done.
Remove top half. Flesh should be rich, semi-translucent yellow.
Pull out the strands with a fork.
Toss with non-dairy butter, or a favorite sauce.

Note: Can be added to a soup in place of noodles.

1 small spaghetti squash, leave whole
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 clove fresh garlic, diced small
1/2 medium red onion, diced small
1 medium zucchini, diced small
3 medium tomatoes, diced large
1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1/4 cup imported Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (or soy cheese), optional
6 leaves of fresh basil, slivered
Pinch of red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Pierce squash with fork. Place squash in shallow baking dish
and bake for one hour.
Let cool, cut in half and scoop out seeds with a spoon. Then with the tines of a fork scrape the squash strands into a large bowl.

Sauce

In a large skillet, add olive oil, garlic, onions and cook for about 3 minutes on medium heat.
Add zucchini and cook about 4 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, fresh basil and gently simmer for 10 minutes. Add squash to the pan and mix together.
Drizzle with some more olive oil, if desired. Adjust seasonings and sprinkle with cheese (optional).

Serves 4

Note: Can microwave squash on high for 15 minutes.
Fresh herbs make all the difference.
Kosher or sea salt can be used. Celtic salt is available at Whole Foods Market.