How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is one of our family’s favorite vegetables.  It makes a TON of food, its easy  to cook, its very versatile, and its so yummy!  It does however, take a while to cook, especially if you are doing something with it like making a casserole.  There are tons of dishes you can make with it.  My favorites are pesto shrimp “pasta” and mexican casserole. I have included the recipe for the mexican casserole below.

Basic Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:

  • 1 Spaghetti Squash
  • Some olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375
  2. Cut squash in half, lengthwise.  This is fairly difficult because the squash is kind of hard.
  3. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds.
  4. Rub with olive oil (all over!)
  5. Place face down on a cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour
  6. Use a fork to “shread” the inside of the squash.  The result should look like angel hair pasta.

*note: my picture below only shows one half of the squash, but cook both halves.

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Recipe:

Spaghetti Squash Mexican Casserole

Ingrediants:

  • 1 Cooked and shredded spaghetti squash
  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 1 bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 yellow onion (chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2 cups or 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup re-fried beans (I prefer re-fried black beans)
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 2 Cups shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 shredded mozzarella

Directions

  1. Cook the meat, onion, bell pepper, and garlic in the olive oil.
  2. Add the taco seasoning and cook for a few minutes
  3. Toss in both types of beans. Cook and stir until well mixed.
  4. Put the spaghetti squash in a large casserole dish
  5. Top with meat/bean mixture
  6. Top with  salsa
  7. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes
  8. Top with both cheeses and bake until melted.

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Fried Cabbage with Sausage

We love fried cabbage so much that it is part of our regular menu.  I hope you love it too!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Head Purple Cabbage
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 pkg Smoked Sausage (we prefer Simple Truth)
  • Chicken stock
  • A few  Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 2 slices of bacon (optional)
Instructions:
  1. Core and chop the cabbage.  Separate the sections.
  2. Dice the onion
  3. Heat olive oil in a large pan. Saute the onion, garlic, and the bacon for a few minutes.
  4. Add the cabbage and toss with the onion, garlic, and bacon.
  5. Cook until cabbage starts to soften.
  6. Slice sausage and add to the skillet, tossing it with the cabbage mixture.  Cook for a 10 or 15 minutes.
  7. Add chicken stock (just enough to cover the bottom of the pan) and cover.  
  8. Stir occasionally and cook until desired softness.  (we like ours very soft). Add more chicken stock as needed.