Monday, June 7, 2010

Spaghetti Squash Confetti



The first time I made this about a year ago I still remember my girls screaming, "THE PUMPKIN IS TURNING INTO SPAGHETTI NOODLES!" You have to try it just for that fact, it is pretty fun to watch pasta noodles come out of a squash.
Spaghetti Squash Confetti
Ingredients:
• Extra virgin olive oil
• Salt and pepper
• 1 whole spaghetti squash
• 3 fresh tomatoes
• 2 vegetables of your choice
• Freshly grated Parmesan cheese



Directions:
• Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
• Slice your spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds and season with olive oil, salt and pepper on all sides. Place the squash flesh side down on cooking tray with foil covering all of the exposed skin. Roast for 45 minutes tp 1 hour or until tender.
• Meanwhile, saute two of your favorite chopped vegetables with oil, salt and pepper. I like to use zucchini and yellow squash but you can use whatever you have on hand.
• When the spaghetti squash is done simply pull your fork through the flesh and it will come out like spaghetti noodles!
• Combine the “noodles” and sauteed vegetables and serve with chopped fresh tomatoes. Sprinkles with fresh Parmesan cheese.



Buying Local: I love this time of year, the tomatoes taste like...you know REAL tomatoes! Run by the local farmer's market or stop by a roadside stand and pick up some fresh tasting bright red tomatoes. Then let your kiddos pick out the other two vegetables in this dish, they really do love to pick.

Buying Organic: Tomatoes are just a given to buy organic, have you tried a taste test of a regular tomato from the grocery store and an organic one? The results alone will have you switched to organic, at least for tomatoes!

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Recipe and photos courtesy Vanessa Brown www.INeverGrewUp.net

7 comments:

Jenna said...

ooh! I love spaghetti squash! Thanks for the reminder. What a fun guest blogger you are!

Best Wishes, Marie said...

i have a similar recipe. tomatoes, fresh parm cheese, unsalted butter, s/p, and fresh basil. i will also try adding some zucchini or other seasonal items. i am of the feeling that recipes can often be guides for using what is in season or plentiful from the garden.

i love finding these recipes that make vegetables so yummy, they comfort food.

Best Wishes, Marie said...

not sure if i was clear, the recipe is also spaghetti squash. anything with tomatoes and basil seems to be satisfying.

Ana Degenaar said...

Sounds delicious!

CapireKate said...

YUM!! This looks reeeeally good. I've never had spaghetti squash before. I guess I'll have to pick some up on my next trip to the Farmer's Market. Thanks for the great recommendation!
Kate
from NJ

Amanda said...

i had this for the first time last fall and i LOVED it!! i had it at a friend's and have been waiting for the recipe since!

i finally have it!! yay!!

Dori Knight said...

I made this last night and love it! The fresh tomatoes are perfect and I added my own twist and added some italian turkey. I highly recommend it.