Spaghetti Squash with Cream Sauce
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There are some foods that baffle me. I just have no idea how nature got it so right. Spaghetti squash is one of those things! Is it just coincidence that this lovely vegetable happens to break up into perfect little strands that resemble one of our everyday meals?
Could it be the sign of a higher power?
I’m not really sure. But I do know that spaghetti squash can be darn good stuff!
Now, the very astute reader might note that I’ve posted a very similar recipe on Macheesmo. So why the reposting? First, I think this post does a better job at explaining how to deal with the squash. Second, I like the recipe a lot so I thought it was worth bringing back from the archives. Third, it’s not the exact same recipe.
Spaghetti Squash with Cream Sauce
- Serves 3-4
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Mushroom Cream Sauce:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With a large chef knife, find the exact center of the spaghetti squash and stab through it. Press gently and the knife should slide through until it hits the cutting board.
2) Slice it! Now just press down gently on the knife to slice the squash in half. Do the same thing going the other direction.
3) Get a large spoon and scrape out all the guts and seeds from each half of the gourd.
4) Turn each half face down in a large baking dish and stab the skin a few times with a fork.
5) Bake these guys will need to bake at 350 for 60-75 minutes.
6) For sauce, about 10 minutes before the squash is done, add olive oil to a sauté pan over medium-high heat.
7) Once the oil is hot, add onions and cook for a minute or two until they are translucent.
8) Add mushrooms and cook for another 4-5 minutes until they are soft and have released their moisture.
9) Add the cream and turn down the heat to low.
10) Simmer for 5-10 minutes until the sauce has thickened a bit.
11) Add spinach in two batches. It should wilt really quickly.
12) Taste for salt and pepper and stir in the Dijon.
13) Remove the spaghetti squash from the oven and cool for a few minutes before moving on.
14) Using a fork, gently scrape at the flesh of the squash. Serve the sauce right over the spaghetti squash, just like pasta!
Preparing Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash can be large. Most tend to weigh in the 3-5 pound range. Below is a good way to cut open any large gourd and also I walk through how to cook this magical veggie. Before you get to slicing though, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Step One. Stab it! Ok. Not like homicidal maniac stab, but seriously stab it. With a large chef knife, find the exact center of it and give it a good poke. Press gently and the knife should slide through until it hits your cutting board. If your knife doesn’t go all the way through, that’s okay. Don’t force it.
Step Two. Slice it! Now just press down gently on your knife to slice the squash in half! Seriously, be careful here people. I don’t want any injuries.
Step 3. Repeat! Do the same thing going the other direction. The second cut will be even easier.
Step 4. Scrape! Get a large spoon and scrape out all the guts and seeds from each half of the gourd. At this point, this thing will in no way resemble spaghetti. Hang in there.
Step 5. Stab it again! Turn each half face down in a large baking dish and stab the skin a few times with a fork. Now you can take out some aggression!
Step 6. Bake it! These guys will need to bake at 350 for 60-75 minutes. Plan accordingly! Let them cool for a few minutes before moving on.
Step 7. Scrape it again! Using a fork, gently scrape at the flesh of the squash. It should start to kind of peel away in these delicious little strands that look exactly like spaghetti.
It should just take a minute or two to shred up both squash halves. It’s goes really fast once you get the hang of it.
Making the sauce
About 10 minutes before your squash is done, you should start working on the cream sauce. This is a really easy sauce that I threw together. You could add lots of different veggies to it or you could add a few tablespoons of white wine or chicken stock to lighten it up a bit.
To make the sauce, add your olive oil to a saute pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add your onions and cook for a minute or two until they are translucent. Then add your mushrooms and cook for another 4-5 minutes until they are soft and have released their moisture.
Add the cream and turn down the heat to low. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until the sauce has thickened a bit. Then add your spinach in two batches. It should wilt really quickly. Taste for salt and pepper and stir in your Dijon if you’re using it. I think it gives the finished sauce a nice little kick.
Serve the sauce right over the spaghetti squash, just like pasta!
I think this is a really easy dish to make but it’s also really impressive. Most people just don’t know what to do with spaghetti squash I think so it can really wow a guest. Meanwhile all you did was stab a gourd a few times and bake it!
Spaghetti squash are only available for a few months in Fall so if you want to give this a shot, now’s the time!
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16 Responses to “Spaghetti Squash with Cream Sauce” Leave a comment
I LOVE spaghetti squash, but I rarely make it because I can never cut it open by myself!! I'll have to try your method..
Poke with fork as if cutting. Microwave for 3~4 min. Easier ti cut and seed. Then bake upside down in oven.
I can’t cut it either so I bake it whole (stab, place in an inch of water in baking dish) for 1 hr 20 min. It’s then very easy to cut and prep!
Try using a rubber mallet to hammer a big knife through the squash. If you can get the knife started, a few whacks with the rubber mallet finish the job easily.
Thank you for posting this recipe! Spaghetti squash is very popular, but I have never made one before and was too timid to ask how. I hadn’t found any good directions until now! Thanks again!
Awesome fall recipe. Squash is cheaper than pasta too. Better for you?
I have never eaten Spaghetti squash. I think I should now.
Looks wonderful. Love the photo with a knife ;)
I actually made something similar with spaghetti.
Looks like I'm not the only one having a love fest with mushrooms this week.
LOVE spaghetti squash!! I throw it into a big pot of water whole and boil for 40 minutes to cook it – take a little longer, but so much easier to cute/deseed.
hey you forgot to save the seeds and roast just like you do pumpkin seeds!
I made the spaghetti squash with cream sauce and mushrooms, not quite as "rich" as I expected! also want to know what thickens the cream once added to the sauteed onion and mushrooms? mine did not thicken?
I like to thicken with corn starch in warm water. I even thicken with bread crumbs and cooked grits!
OK, I finally got around to making a spaghetti squash on Sunday night – thank you SO MUCH for your step by step instructions on how to cut and roast the squash. I admit, I was very skeptical. Squash is not my favorite but it is low on the GI scale, so low in calories, and high in nutrients that I had to give it a try. I served it with a chicken pesto sauce (it’s what I had) and it was great. Next time I’ll try the cream sauce!
Great technique. Would make again A+++.
I actually made this and it’s good- mellow blend of flavors. Very different from the type of food I usually cook (Taiwanese). Not a trace of soy sauce!
Just made this! It is so so so good! We are dairy free so I subbed cocoanut milk and I added garlic and some chicken! Yum!!!!!