Ah, fall. Squash are everywhere, and in every variety. It’s the time of year for soups, stews, chili and other things made from late crops, and I for one am just in love with the idea. Seriously, what in nature is more creamy and luscious than a roasted squash or sweet potato? Both are a perfect compliment to anything else you happen to have hangin in the oven for long periods of time, and they make the house smell fantastic!
The other thing I adore about squash is its shelf life. You can leave a squash hanging out for quite a while before you finally get to it. sometimes weeks, without worrying that it won’t just be sitting there waiting to become something wonderful. In the case of Halloween and Thanksgiving, I tend to buy them as table decoration for this week and dinner for next week. It’s perfect double-duty food, and not much makes me happier.
For this round I go to the unsung hero of the squash world, the spaghetti squash. For most people this is just a replacement for thin pasta to be used as the base for a marinara or Bolognese. In my opinion that is a crying shame. This is not pasta. it will never taste like pasta. You can’t make it taste like pasta, and why would you want to?
This dish is slightly spicy, has a wonderful texture and is the perfect compliment for a roast chicken or pork loin. It’s not heavy but it is quite filling and the flavors are nutty and sweet all at the same time. Add a little smokiness from the bacon and you’re all set! Of course you could always skip the bacon if you wanted to go vegetarian. it would still be fabulous.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 203mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
This was almost a disaster. My pepper mill had run dry and with no time to refill while cooking, I grabbed for the pre-ground pepper. You know, the square tin? opened the wrong side and “Whoosh!” 40 pounds of black pepper. Luckily it just served to make it a bit peppery and a tad spicier than I’d wanted, but it could have been all over right there!
Other than that, perhaps a bit more butter would have been nice.
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