Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Devil's Squash-ta...

So "what" you ask is "Squash-ta"???
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'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

234 Calories
10 g Carbs
5 mg Sodium
3 g Protein

4.5 g Fat
11 Carbs
450 mg Sodium
2 g Protein

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