Spaghetti squash seems to be all the rage these days. I have enjoyed this unusual squash for years. It’s only recently that I’ve ventured out to make it in a variety of ways. The basic recipe is a simple roast, lightly seasoned. Now…it’s WOW for this spaghetti fruit. The recipes are endless and ingenius too, I might add. I recently ordered it in a restaurant. Yeah, it was on a restaurant menu. I was so happy. It was roasted served in the “shell” as a half squash but the spaghetti part was tossed in a meat tomato sauce and covered with a hefty amount of riccotta salada (a fresh solid ricotta cheese). That was a memorable dish.
Tonight I made it with Moroccan seasoned tomato sauce.
2 small eggplants
1 can of whole San Marzano tomatoes
1 garlic clove
1 cup mini peppers
2 cups spinach
cinnamon, cumin, red pepper, cardamon, coriander , ginger, paprika, tumeric, sea salt.
1 tbsp Earth balance butter (vegan)
Roast spaghetti sqaush whole in a 400 degree oven for about an hour. I give it a light rub with oil as to not have it burn in oven while roasting.
Dice eggplant and sauté in a hot pan. Cook the eggplant dry until it gets a roasted looked. Then add salt and spices, garlic. Slice the peppers and add to pot. Cook until peppers are slightly tender then toss in the spinach. Open tomatoes pour into a bowl and hand crush. Add the crushed tomatoes and season again with salt and pepper. Stir in the tablespoon of Earth Balance butter. Now cook on the stove top at a low simmer for about 20 minutes
Remove cooked squash from oven and slice lengthwise. It may be very hot so use pot holders to handle the squash. Scoop out seeds and use a fork to pull the squash into spaghetti like strands. Plate the squash, drizzle with olive oil, season with sea salt and some cracked pepper. Pile the cooked eggplant/ tomato sauce on top.
Vegan, gluten-free and delicious! That’s rare, lol.
Oh, and BTW, Botanically speaking squash is a fruit.Technically any plant that flowers and produces something that contains the seeds with which to continue the species is considered a fruit. So technically, tomatoes, bell peppers, all squash, beans, peas, etc. are fruits.
Live, eat, share, gluten-free and FODMAPish.