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What's the buzz on spaghetti squash? Does anybody like it? How do you fix it? What else do you serve with it?<br><br>
The recipes I've seen either flavor it like a sweet potato (butter & brown sugar) or like an Italian dish (basil, oregano, tomato, etc.) These seem remarkably different!<br><br>
Oh, most importantly: Do your kids eat it? What do they say about it?
 

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I love it, my DH doesn't. I usually cut it in half, scrape out the seeds and put it cut side down in the microwave for 5 minutes. Then I pop it into a 350 oven for 20 minutes or so. If I let it go longer, the squash starts to caramelize and I'll go the butter and cinnamon route (no sugar), with a bit of crunch like toasted pine nuts or walnuts.<br><br>
If I take it out after just 20, then I treat it like spaghetti and go savory.
 

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I've done it mostly like spaghetti with sundried tomato alfredo sauce (my creation), regular pasta sauce and garlic/cheese sauce. I bet you could make a gratin out of it too, if you scrape out the insides and add cheese and stuff. I'm going to look for a recipe. I never thought to use sugar and cinnamon, hmm.....<br><br>
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I like it all by itself with just a little butter and salt and pepper on top. I also sometimes just use it as pasta.<br><br>
I was served it all the time as a veggie side dish as a kid.
 

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i use it in casseroles and lasagna. if casserole, i'll add garam masala, smashed garlic or shallot, black pepper, tomatoes, carrots, ground turkey or lamb, etc. and bake it.<br><br>
you could also omit the garam masala and add goat cheese.<br><br>
i very rarely use brown sugar/nutmeg/etc. with spaghetti squash. i do that with acorn or butternut.
 

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I have used it as a base for a nice Italian tomato sauce, with or without meat.<br><br>
I also have a kind of pudding recipe where you put it in the blender with eggs and some protein powder,sweetener, cinnamon and vanilla extract and bake it. This was from a website that was pushing no carb as a diet. But it's really good and you can serve it hot or cold topped with fresh sliced or frozen defrosted fruit.<br><br>
Generally to cook it I pierce it and put it on a cookie sheet for an hour or so at 375 till it's soft enough to cut in half.
 
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