Spaghetti Squash, the Pasta Alternative

By bettymachete Latest Reply 2015-05-28 17:06:28 -0500
Started 2010-06-24 19:43:47 -0500

I know I have been posting a lot about food, it's my passion. I am a foodie at heart, that's all there is to it.. I wanted to share a little about what I know about a Winter Squash called the Spaghetti Squash. You may have seen these big yellow squashes in your grocery store. While they are winter squashes we are lucky enough to have the available all year long. They are truly simple to make just split in half, de-seed, salt and pepper a little EVOO to taste and bake. When it is ready you simply rake a fork along it's meat and it strings like spaghetti. What I love about it, is it's simplicity and the fact that I can add a traditional spaghetti sauce over it and have a lovely meal. This squash has only 10 grams of carbs in a 1 cup serving, while whole wheat pasta, has 39 grams of carbs which for anyone like me is a huge difference between high bgl and low. Enjoy!

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43 replies

Unicorn_Lady 2015-05-28 17:00:48 -0500 Report

I love all squash - except yellow summer squash. When I first started eating Spaghetti squash it was as a healthy alternative. For me, I found, it has to be soft to be done. NO al dente for me. Keep in mind it isn't supposed to, and does NOT taste like spaghetti.[anyone else having trouble typing spaghetti without mistakes?] When I first tasted it ~ there was this … instant… 'this doesn't taste like spaghetti!" It tastes like squash and it pulls apart similar to spaghetti strands. However, once you get past the unreasonable expectations, it tastes great with your usual spaghetti sauce. Also, I agree with bettymachete, spaghetti squash is great with just salt and pepper!

* I DO NOT have sugar highs or feeling like I ate too much, well any of the things I normally feel when eating spaghetti - it is just healthy food. It is not a fofo food - most guys LOVE it.

Ms. Lizz
Ms. Lizz 2010-08-28 11:55:40 -0500 Report

I have tried many times unsuccessfully to "like" spaghetti squash, I cannot. I need to adjust my diet to whole wheat pasta and I cannot swallow that either. I would be willing to try recipes to prepare the vegetable differently, but I am in awe at those of you who prepare and enjoy the squash. I am a squash lover overall, it is that one I cannot eat. I even like butternut squash soup and I thought I'd never like it, but it is very satisfying and I am looking forward to their coming into season so I can make some from scratch and freeze some. Any recipes would be so welcome for the spaghetti squash dishes… Blessings on you all… Ms. Lizz

Unicorn_Lady 2015-05-28 17:06:28 -0500 Report

Try just making healthy sauce and just eat that. :) You might also try cooking it till it is soft, if you did not before. Make sure you salt and pepper the squash before putting sauce on. Some of my friends use baked potatoes for their base. I find that if I go to a friends serving regular spaghetti - I just eat the sauce and yum. Good luck!

memphi5 2010-09-03 18:19:55 -0500 Report

My dietician warned me away from butternut squash because of it having a much higher carb count…just thought I'd throw that out there.

Kaiyle 2010-08-28 11:41:27 -0500 Report

You are such a neat and impressive human being, my friend. Thank you for all of the great information you share with this community.

Skyraven 2010-08-28 11:24:45 -0500 Report

I love spaghettii squash. I fix it many different ways, with and without sauces. You can also use it to bake with other vegies, and after cooked with stir fry vegies, with a little olive oil, which really adds great taste to it

bettymachete 2010-08-28 11:36:07 -0500 Report

It does have a really wonderful flavor and a great crunch to it. I haven't tried a Stir-fry with it! I will have to now!

moonwillow01 2010-07-19 10:47:53 -0500 Report

I also am a fan of spaghetti squash. I have it growning in my garden as we speak. I prepare it in may ways with sauce, without and am always looking for new ways to prepare it. But the good news is, it is now Zucchinni time and am looking forward to making my Zucchinni Lasagna! I love vegetables!

ccritch 2010-07-14 15:11:57 -0500 Report

Bettymachete, so you just bake it? can you boil also? I have heard people talk about it but never tried it. I would like to try it, I like wheat pasta but not very fond of it. Thanks for sharing I like your Foodie for thoughts! some mouthwatering recipes that sound delicious!

Thanks and let me know please!

Have A Blessed Day! :~)

RosemaryS 2010-07-14 14:17:33 -0500 Report

First time I hear about it and its low carbs.. I think I will add this to our new diet..we have gained so many pounds its embarrassing that in such a short time. Need ideas and advise

OMG-T2 2010-06-28 12:29:54 -0500 Report

Oh no, no, no… i have no time to be waitin' on BAKED spaghetti squash…I NUKE mine! In less than 10 minutes, I am in spaghetti squash heaven! I don't even use sauce…just butter, a tiny bit of salt and a load of pepper! YUM!

If I want a pasta meal (which is rare, but it happens), I too eat Dreamfield's pasta. I have absolutely no problems with eating this pasta. I cook it EXACTLY according to the directions, with the exception of cooking the entire box since Dreamfield's suggests that reheating the pasta could mess up the matrix or something…whatever, I just do it serving by serving and it's fine!

But I digress…I LOVE almost all squash, with the exception of like, butternut or acorn types - I guess those are more winter squash, right? I am crazy for summer squash though…sometimes that's all I want to eat, for EVERY meal! And spaghetti squash gets similar consideration…good and good for me, what more could I want?

bettymachete 2010-06-28 12:33:23 -0500 Report

I have never tried to nuke it before but it makes sense that it would cook well in a microwave due to it's high water content. I will have to try it that way. Thanks for the tip!

GabbyPA 2010-06-28 16:36:23 -0500 Report

I love the caramel of baking it in the oven, but to be honest...who has that time. We do ours in the nukemobile as well. Saves a ton of time.

theladyiscrazy 2010-06-29 16:04:03 -0500 Report

Yes, nuking is so much easier and it is how I learned to do spaghetti squash. We are having some tonight with dinner (pork chops).

Diane987 2010-06-25 19:24:36 -0500 Report

I love spaghetti squash. I cook it just like you said, except I don't bother with the sauce. If I don't have it plain with the EVOO I will have it with sautéed onions and peppers with fresh Parmesan on top.

gregsteele 2010-06-25 03:46:29 -0500 Report

My grandma used spag squash when i was a kid as i remember it was very good so i went and got some yesterday and guess what (yummy) the kids werent as adventure some but as always my 9 yr old jumped right in if its good for dad then hes all over it hes like another doc for me constantly counting keep the ideas coming Betty thanks love to all GREG

bettymachete 2010-06-25 09:13:21 -0500 Report

I was the same type of kid with my Dad. He always had an adventurous palate and traveled all over the world. Often, when he would come home he would have something to share for us to taste. I was always the first and sometimes the only one willing to try it. My daughter and my youngest son are like that as well.

RAYT721 2010-06-24 22:03:42 -0500 Report

I just know Gabby is going to be laughing out loud at my reply to this post because I have confessed to her how much I can't stand pumpkin, squash, zucchini and describe it as "gourdaphobia" … BUT… My wife loves squash (the gourd, not the game) and recently asked if I knew the carb count. So, without a doubt… I'm out of my gourd… but my wife and I greatly appreciate the info. THANKS!!!

bettymachete 2010-06-24 22:16:48 -0500 Report

That's ok Ray, my husband has the same condition I think. He doesn't consider it "Man Food" He will never eat Quiche or look at explosions.

RAYT721 2010-06-24 22:23:47 -0500 Report

Is Quiche a food??? ICK. As for pasta, we use DreamField and it's got a decent carb count to it. Just FYI. We have been sticking to 1 cup servings when we eat pasta. I've been on a kick lately of eating 6-8 mini meals per day. I keep my calories, carbs, etc in check but I do it throughout the day. I have to say it's working. I am down to 176 now and went into a 34" waist size. I think I'll get my wife some of that spaghetti squash and I'll go out to Arbys where I can get some guy food. :)

GabbyPA 2010-06-24 21:03:44 -0500 Report

I enjoy spaghetti squash, but it really doesn't taste like spaghetti, so you have to play games with your head sometimes. LOL
My favorite topping on it is Newman's Own Mango Salsa! Oh, that is so good.
If I want to treat it like "spaghetti" I have to prepare it and then cook it like a baked spaghetti dinner, to get rid of the water in the squash.

bettymachete 2010-06-24 21:52:45 -0500 Report

yes it has a much different texture and taste. But when my family is eating a pasta meal I can enjoy my squash with the sauce too. My daughter and I actually prefer it to regular pasta. I like it with a pesto sauce I make with fresh basil, garlic and pine nuts. MMMM

GabbyPA 2010-06-24 21:57:52 -0500 Report

oh, that sound know it's a good thing we don't live close to each other. We would be crazy in the kitchen! Maybe that wouldn't be a bad thing! =P

GabbyPA 2010-06-27 20:59:15 -0500 Report

I think if we got in the kitchen together, we would be jogging, swimming and some jazzersize! LOL

RAYT721 2010-06-26 00:35:04 -0500 Report

Oh no not pesto!!! I tried that once and ended up rinsing it off my spaghetti, adding butter and Parmesan to try making it edible. I cannot stand basil as a base to a sauce and I don't care if you put garlic, nuts or chocolate syrup on it… YUCK.

bettymachete 2010-06-26 10:10:06 -0500 Report

I love basil, the smell is intoxicating to me as soon as I pull some out of the garden. The smell hits the air and I am in heaven.

soldierswife 2010-06-24 19:52:04 -0500 Report

sounds really good!

bettymachete 2010-06-24 19:58:29 -0500 Report

They are really delicious, it has a great nutty flavor to it. I have been suggesting spaghetti squash for year and years to friends and wont stop now. I think it should be on everyones, "try at least once" list.