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Herbed Spaghetti Squash With Angel Hair Pasta

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Daylight Saving Time has ended. For most people – the ones without an infant – that means getting to sleep in an hour later. (I’m usually not one to hate Facebook status updates. But on Sunday, I really hated seeing everyone say how much they enjoyed sleeping in!)

For Baby Boy, who was born after Daylight Saving Time had already begun, it meant a little confusion. I mean, one day Daddy is coming home just as the sun is setting, so you are know it isn’t bedtime just yet. The next, it’s dark out and you haven’t even gotten a bath yet. The nerve of these people to keep you up!

Spaghetti Squash

Baby Boy wasn’t the only one disoriented. Usually I see the sun rise as I drive into work. The past few weeks I’ve really enjoyed seeing the magnificent colors of the Fall foliage, and the morning mists parting, as I make my commute. But with the time change, the sun was already up by the time I got in the car. More than once I briefly panicked, feeling like I was running late, when I was actually on time.

Spaghetti Squash

Baby Boy has just about adjusted to the new time schedule – we had started pushing bed time back later on Friday to prepare. But he is still ready for bed a little sooner than usual. Cooking being a bit more challenging on Monday night than usual, Rachel and I tag teamed this spaghetti squash dinner. It’s one of our go to dinners when we’ve had a busy day or just want a quick and easy dinner. It requires minimal preparation work; just microwave the squash (or bake it) to soften it, boil some pasta, combine with herbs and cheese, and you’re good to go.

So whether your disoriented from a time change, battling a cranky infant, or just feeling lazy, give this easy spaghetti squash recipe a try.

Spaghetti Squash
Recipe: Herbed Spaghetti Squash With Angel Hair Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 small spaghetti squash
  • 1 pound angel hair pasta
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan reggiano

Directions

  1. Cut squash in half lengthwise, remove seeds and pulp. Put face down in quarter inch of water. Microwave 8 – 10 minutes or until strands pull apart with fork.  OR instead of microwaving, place prepared squashed face down in baking tray filled with enough water to cover bottom of squash. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes, or until you can easily pull apart the strands of the squash with a fork.
  2. While squash cooks, cook angel hair pasta and set aside, keeping warm.
  3. Pull strands of squash apart with fork and place in large mixing bowl.
  4. Add butter (it will melt in the hot squash), oregano, basil, garlic powder, and salt.
  5. Combine squash mixture and pasta. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  6. Serve warm.

Preparation time: 25 minute(s)

 

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  • Dana B
    November 8, 2011 at 9:17 am

    nice to read something lighthearted like this this morning. Glad Baby Boy is adjusting 🙂 very interesting mixing the squash and pasta. I may even be able to get my family to eat it this way 🙂 so, never having cooked spaghetti squash, and not having a microwave, would you roast it similar to other squash such as acorn or do you have a stovetop method you recommend?

    • Chris
      November 8, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Thanks Dana 🙂

      I think your family will like it. When Rachel first made it I wasn’t sure I’d like it, but then when I saw it, and tasted it, I was a big fan. Lots of great flavor going on. You can cook the squash in the oven, absolutely. It just takes longer, though no extra work. I’ve updated the recipe above to reflect baking as an option. Here it is for your ease of reference though: Place prepared squashed face down in baking tray filled with enough water to cover bottom of squash. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes, or until you can easily pull apart the strands of the squash with a fork. Proceed with the rest of the recipe as normal 🙂 Hope you guys enjoy!

  • November 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I definitely didn’t get to sleep in on Sunday. My body doesn’t know about daylight savings time! Great idea with a yummy but easy dish. I love spaghetti squash!

    • Chris
      November 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

      Thanks Cassie! I never had it growing up but now I’m a fan. 🙂

  • November 9, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    So sorry to hear about the babies time change ordeal….this is why I’m pretty sure I’m not ready to be a mom yet 🙂

    The spaghetti squash looks amazing! I have been making it a lot lately. I will have to try it paired with the angel hair…sounds great!

    • Chris
      November 10, 2011 at 9:06 am

      Thanks Brandy! It was really good 🙂
      And Baby Boy is back to his normal schedule, just took a few days 😉

  • November 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    i’m so behind on my google reader from being away + just saw this post. i only recently tried spaghetti squash + loved it, so i’ll have to give this recipe a try! =) hope the little guy has adjusted to DST by now. =)

    • Chris
      November 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks Amy! Glad you are back and glad our recipe caught your attention among all the other posts in your exploded reader (I’ve been in that situation – it isn’t pretty) Hope you give this dish a try, I think you’ll like it!

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