Simple microwave spaghetti squash is Gluten-free, low in fat and super easy to make. This 15 minute recipe will become your go-to noodle substitute.
“Here, take this squash… it’s from my garden and I have no idea what to do with it,” my friend said to me, passing off a heavy, hard, yellow and crackly, orphaned vegetable.
Ahhhh, a culinary challenge, I love it!! Bring it on!!
So, I promptly went to my library of cookbooks for reference. And since that moment, spaghetti squash has become my husband's and my favorite, gluten-free, noodle substitute because it is fresh, crisp and not trying to be a semolina noodle!
Those pesky brown rice noodles, while I like them for cold pasta salads (like my Hawaiian macaroni salad recipe), can remain al-dente in a stuck-in-your-teeth kinda way and they don’t save and reheat very well. But not this baby - she stores like a champion, is ready in 15 minutes, and makes for a nutritious semolina replacement.
Making spaghetti squash is so simple it’s crazy! I’ve tried baking it and I’ve tried microwaving it and I have to say - and I’m a hippy so this is nuts - I’d have to say that microwaving them is far superior than baking because it takes no time at all to create the same, exact result.
My catering company, Mama Love Grub, has used spaghetti squash in a number of vegan menus, including bean chili and Asian-fusion cold salads, but in my house we eat it with cruelty-free, homemade meat sauce! I even made it for my entire family on Christmas Eve this year and man was it a HIT! (Even my father-in-law ate some… and he’s an old-school 80-year-old!) Success!
The recipe I’m going to share below is vegan, made with olive oil, but it can easily be switched up with ghee, butter, or any oil or butter substitute you love. The squash itself is somewhat devoid of flavor; it simply has an essence of vegetable-y, crunchy freshness. So this unassuming gem from the garden will take on your sauce’s personality - whether it be meek or daring is up to you!
Don't miss our Spaghetti Squash with Walnut Carrot sauce too. Paleo goodness right here.