To quote Jessica, "Mastering the Art of Paleo Cooking":
Squash-ta (noun): From the Native American word 'squash' and the Italian 'pasta'. Used in reference to the delicious goodness that is spaghetti squash as a non-starch pasta substitute: "Did you try the squash-ta salad? Its amazing!"; "I think squash-ta sounds good for lunch."; "I would love some pasta but I don't eat wheat.... maybe I'll have the squash-ta."
We have been "pasta free" for 5 weeks now. And I won't lie to you...we miss it!! We used to hunker down on a cold Sunday to a steaming bowl of 'sketti, with meat and mushroom sauce and some big ol' hunks of garlic bread...Mmmmmmm! But no more. I have been searching for something to replace this tasty meal, and after reading many blogs and recipe sites about the wonders of Spaghetti Squash, I knew it was time to give it a whirl...And this my friends, is my version: The Devil's Squash-ta
The Devil's Squash-ta
1 large Spaghetti Squash
1 jar Bertolli Arrabbiata Spicy Tomato Red Pepper sauce (This is where the "Devil" comes in...this is a spicy little gravy!!)
Fresh Parmesan Cheese
Wash the outside of the squash and pierce with a knife about 8 times all over the squash. Place on 2 paper towels in the microwave. Cook on HIGH power for 15 minutes, turning the squash 3 times. (Turn it over even if you have a rotating table in your micro)
Check at 12 minutes...just in case...you'll know the squash is done when it has a little give to it. Kinda like when you feel the end of a cantaloupe...
Let sit in the microwave, once it feels this way, for 5 minutes to allow the inside to continue to steam.
Be Careful!! It's gonna be HOT, HOT, HOT!!
Pour your sauce into a saucepan, and heat over medium to low heat, stirring occasionally.
Cut in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and "gunk", just as you would a pumpkin.
Using a fork, start pulling the sides of the squash away from the shell. You will not believe how the strands just start coming to the middle like a hot, heaping pile of spaghetti!! It is the coolest thing!!
Repeat with the other half.
Fill your pasta bowls, ladle on some sauce and give a few healthy grates on the Parmesan to top it off!
This is an incredible meal! The squash-ta has a little bit of a crunch, but takes on the sauce just like a regular bowl of pasta.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Serving size: 2 cups Squah-ta; 3/4 cup sauce
10 g Carbs
5 mg Sodium
3 g Protein
4.5 g Fat
450 mg Sodium
2 g Protein