Simple Spaghetti Squash

Did you have a good weekend? We've had a great weekend entertaining my husband's family from AZ. So far, we've taken them to the kids' baseball and soccer games, the airfield for some remote-control airplane fun, and today we're headed to the Fort Worth Stockyards, a must-see attraction for any out-of-state visitors. Because my brain is a little tired from all the "partying" this weekend (Tickled Pink Friday and Let's Get Social Sunday) and all the added excitement of visiting company, there is no easy way to transition into this post for Simple Spaghetti Squash. So, I'm just going to jump right in...
I am always looking for new vegetables to add to our menu, because frankly, I get a little tired of broccoli, corn and salad. Last week, I thought it would be cool and brave to get a spaghetti squash when I was at Wallyworld. The price said they were like $1.84 a pound. So, I grabbed one and went to the scale. It only registered a little over a pound so I thought I'd try it. Well, after paying, taking our items out to the car and driving home, I looked at the receipt. Yikes! I'd paid almost $6.00 for that squash. Turns out the scale was wrong. There was no way I was going to let it go to waste.
So, I researched the best cooking method and settled on microwaving it. Here's how I did it...I cut it in half and scraped out the seeds. Then I placed both halves in a shallow glass pan with a little bit of water in the bottom of it. I covered it with plastic wrap and cooked it on high power in the microwave for about 12 minutes. Depending on the size of the squash, you may be able to get by with 10 minutes.
Carefully remove the plastic wrap from the pan. Take one half of the squash, and using a fork, begin scraping the inside flesh and you will magically see "spaghetti" appear.
Add a little bit of butter and some of this delicious garlic salt from Trader Joe's and you've got a wonderful side dish to complement just about any kind of meat. My daughter ate it just like this as a main dish for a couple of meals. Or, you could pour your favorite pasta sauce over the top for a lower carb main dish. I'm so glad we tried it, although, I will be looking for a better price and a working scale next time. Thanks so much for stopping by!
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  1. Ha! I made spaghetti squash last week! Unfortunately, I'm the only one in the house who likes it. I'm fascinated by scraping the inside of the squash to get "spaghetti!" It's such a fun vegetable.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful side dish! Yum! Looks like someone really enjoyed eating it :) xx

  3. I love spaghetti squash!! Yay for spaghetti squash! I have served it for diabetic guests with chicken and crab Alfredo and then did a sugar-free ice cream cake for dinner. It went over really well. I really enjoyed mine baked in the oven in a pan of water with a few seasonings and butter. I agree, it is a bit pricey for a veggie...but it is a special veggie:)
    Thanks for giving a shout out to my fave squash in the whole wide world!

  4. We love spaghetti squash! Our favorite recipe is Spaghetti Squash I at It has chopped tomatoes, black olives and feta cheese. Yum! I don't skip meat very often for meals (the carnivores in our house feel like they're being cheated) but I serve this one as a main dish and pound for pound, it's less expensive than ground beef, if that makes you feel any better. :)


  5. Hi! You were the link before me at the Chic and Crafty Link Party! This looks so yummy! I know spaghetti squash is super popular at my office, so maybe I need to try this since it looks so easy!

    Thanks for sharing!

    It's Always Ruetten

  6. Wow, that looks yummy and easy. We tried spaghetti squash once before but something went wrong. We need to try it again. This looks simple and yummy.
    Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.

  7. Looks good! I'm trying to find ways to sneak more vegetables in my diet & this looks like a good way to do it! Stopping by from Tatertots & Jello :)

  8. That looks really good! Would you care to share at my Healthy Tuesday hop?


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