I recently tried spaghetti squash as a substitute for pasta. Spaghetti squash is a winter squash that is yellowish-orange in color. It has a hard outer skin like a pumpkin or a butternut squash. The reason this squash is called “spaghetti” is due to the inside flesh that turns into pasta like strands when cooked. Spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta if you are trying to cut out carbohydrates.
The most common way to cook spaghetti squash is to bake it until the inside flesh is soft. The flesh tastes slightly sweet and is a little firmer than pasta. In fact it’s a little but crunchy. However, the longer you cook it, the softer it will become. The spaghetti like strands hold up well when drenched in sauce. I really enjoyed my marinara sauce over-top of the spaghetti squash!
I am considering growing spaghetti squash in my garden this year!
If you are looking for another alternative for pasta, you might also try zucchini noodles!