Monday, October 18, 2010

Spaghetti Squash with home-made Tomato Sauce


Spaghetti Squash is an amazing vegetable, whose flesh breaks up into spaghetti-like strands after boiling or baking. Its a very healthy alternative to "normal" pasta, with a slightly nutty taste. Looks good, tastes good and most importantly its really really healthy. What more can one ask from a humble squash. It made its first appearance on our dining table this week and we totally loved it. My hubby read about it somewhere and we brought the big 2 Kilo fruit home very enthusiastically. 


He helped me in the kitchen. From lugging the super-heavy thing around from the organic supermarket to pricking with a fork to ensure an evenly cooked squash, to baking and cutting it up, and to scraping it into noodles finely. Everything was done by him. Can't thank him enough :-) 





Spaghetti Squash before and after baking...


Hubby scraping the squash :-)

I made a quick tomato sauce and threw in a few vegetables to make it even more healthier. But, at the end, P. topped it up with some cheese and baked it over... It tasted heavenly but then it wasn't totally healthy. But, what the heck... I am so glad that I tried this veggi and also served it to 2 of our good friends, who were home for dinner this weekend. They loved it too. 


To make it look even more interesting, I baked it in the squash shell itself. It looked simply gorgeous. And pretty shamelessly, I clicked quite a few photos in front of our waiting, drooling, hungry friends so that I could show them to all you lovely people :-) Hope you'll like it. 


Ingredients

2 kg - spaghetti squash

For the tomato sauce

450 grams - tomato, blanched and finely chopped
2-3 pods of garlic, finely chopped
1 - onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup - red and yellow pepper, finely chopped
1 - carrot medium size, chopped, boiled
1 1/2 tsp - dried italian herbs
3 tbsp - olive oil
1 tbsp - balsamico vinegar
1/2 tsp - red chilli flakes (more or less)
salt and pepper to taste
25 grams - parmesan cheese, grated

Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Pierce/Prick the squash all around with a fork and place it in the baking tray.
  3. Place the tray in the center of the preheated oven and bake for approx 1 hour or until the shell is soft and gives on pressing. (alternately, you can boil the squash or cook in the microwave.)
  4. Let the squash cool and then cut it vertically into half. 
  5. Scoop the seeds out. Scrape the squash, lengthwise, with a fork, to get spaghetti like strands. (do not throw away the shell)
  6. Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the garlic, onion, peppers and saute until the onions are soft.
  7. Add the blanched and chopped tomatoes, carrots, salt, pepper and red chilli flakes and cook for 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the herbs and balsamico vinegar and mix well.
  8. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  9. Mix well the spaghetti squash and the tomato sauce. Spoon the mixture into the squash shell, top it up with grated parmesan cheese and place the squash in a baking tray.
  10. Place the tray in the center of the preheated oven and bake until the cheese is slightly brown. Serve hot. 





We used half the squash with this tomato sauce and the other half with a basil-pesto (but unfortunately not home made!). Both the versions tasted heavenly, though I personally preferred the tomato sauce to the pesto. 


Enjoy!

60 comments:

  1. Woww, such a beautiful looking dish,truly very interesting..

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  2. yum!
    I am a fan of squashes! what a great idea to bake the whole thing and then to stuff and serve it. It looks great!

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  3. Very innovative recipe, so yum, amazing click too...

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  4. Hi Rachana,

    That looks awesome...Great picss!!!:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  5. lovely pics and a nice recipe rachana...

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  6. I never really know what to do with spaghetti squash but I love the idea of eating it out of the shell like this! what a delicious meal!

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  7. Very interesting and healthy recipe indeed.

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  8. Ah! That looks very delicious, I used to make something like this with eggplant.

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  9. Very interesting recipe..looks so colorful,beautiful clicks

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  10. wow....that's cool....yummy....!!!!nice one:-)

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  11. I made one last night with pesto...how funny! The tomato sauce looks wonderful with it. My husband loves spaghetti squash, so that would be easy to try this time of year.

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  12. Delicious and yummmm....Looks divine :)

    Lavanya

    www.lavsblog.com

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  13. Looks very delicious n colorful

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  14. Beautiful clicks...Awesome recipe..looks so delicious..

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  15. Very interesting dish.looks delicious ..now I know what to do with those spaghetti squash :)..thanks for sharing!

    US Masala

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  16. Very new to me but Looks really tempting!!!

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  17. wow wonderful dish, they look so colorful yum!

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  18. What an interesting dish Rachana!

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  19. Delicious and flavorful squash recipe,love it...

    Pushpa @ simplehomefood.com

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  20. Looks delicious Rachana. Nice one.

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  21. Wow, this is so creative! The presentation is wonderful, and I'm sure the taste it as well!!

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  22. Just delicious.. This is new to me.. The pics came out great too..

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  23. Why didn't I see this type of squash in the supermarkets? By "organic supermarket", you meant "Reformhaus"?

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  24. Another great recipe, brava!!

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  25. beautiful pics and love the recipe!!

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  26. d color of the recipe rocks dear...very inviting clicks dear...

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  27. Wow! Your friends must have been thoroughly impressed!

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  28. This is such a delicious vegetable. Love the slightly potatoey consistency. Wonderful recipe!

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  29. I love squash, especially zucchini...but any veggie will do..especially when it's a 'pasta' like dinner! hey, what can i say, i'm a true Italian girl! lol

    looks delicious!

    ciao bella!

    CREATIVE CARMELINA

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  30. Whah....2kg! That's big! I have not seen this squash before. Must look out for it. Looks very interesting. the way you cook it makes it looks very delicious. Would love to try, Thanks very much for sharing.

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  31. What an interesting recipe!! Love the detailed pictures and explanation. There is an Award waiting for you on my blog. Please come and collect it when you can.

    Mina

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  32. Ooo, this looks and sounds really, really delicious!!! So comforting and perfect for autumn.

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  33. Wow! That's really cool! The dish is very tempting!

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  34. looks new to me and delicious

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  35. This is a new new veggie to me! Interesting way of cooking, sounds cheesy and yumm... And I am J that u have an oven big enough to fit this huge veggie in:-))

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  36. I've already try this and it's absolutly fabulous ang yummy
    thanks for sharing

    bises from France
    Delphine

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  37. this sound so healthy and good!well done.

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  38. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe with us..new kind of dish to me...looks delicious

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  39. I've been wanting to try this for the longest time... your pics are so tempting.

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  40. I have the feeling to grab one of them and place them on a plate, sit in the sofa watch tv and enjoy the food, like a real comfort food.

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  41. Looks delicious and I love that you served it in the shells.
    Mimi

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  42. very intresting and yummy dish..pics are great :)

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  43. We have company coming this weekend and I am for sure making this spaghetti squash recipe, looks so good, and love the presentation, thank you so much.

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  44. lovely clicks... love the stmt about keeping friends waiting while you clicked away!

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  45. sounds interesting!!! innovative n colorful too. baking in d shell was a master idea! why didnt u participate in Master Chef?

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  46. Beautiful.............. great pics

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  47. Looks so delicious.Rachana wish you and your family a very happy bijoya too..hugs and smiles

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  48. Thanx for dropping by..

    nice color n very tempting...looking forward your more yummies...

    Tasty Appetite

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  49. wow lovely one....

    There is a surprise waiting for you at my blog dear....

    Regards,
    Akila

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  50. une recette originale et qui semble délicieuse.
    Il faut que je l'essaye.
    A bientôt.

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  51. Awesome..sounds & looks great..would love to try this.:)

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  52. This is big time fall dish! Love the way you baked it in shell and the presentation.

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  53. Greattt jog Rachana...super post and looks super too!!

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  54. I've got to try spaghetti squash...I've never made it. Your dish is beautiful! Love the idea of serving it in its shell. Both versions sound delicious!

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  55. Lindo, lindo, lindo! Não há mais palavras para dizer! Lindo!
    :o)

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  56. Beautiful shots of this humble gourd and an equally delicious recipe!

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  57. This dish looks delish ..and awesome rachana ,inviting clicks..
    Liked your description a lot .

    http://sanscurryhouse.blogspot.com

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  58. Interesting dish..looks inviting too, with your wonderful clicks..

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  59. une recette qui me met vraiment en appétit
    elle doit excellente
    bonne soirée

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