Thursday, August 15, 2013

Spaghetti Melon

Have you ever heard of a Spaghetti Melon  or Spaghetti Squash?

I hadn't until recently. But I'm happy to have discovered them at my local fruit and vegie shop. 

They are easy to prepare. You can just put it whole into a big pot and boil it for about 30 minutes. 

Or I prefer to roast it in the oven. 
First I cut it into quarters and scoop out the seeds. Give it a quick spray of olive oil, a sprinkle of salt and pepper . Pop it into the oven to cook at about 200 degreesC


30 - 40 minutes later..


Simple scoop the pulp out. It looks surprisingly like spaghetti and has a very similar unobtrusive flavour.


We love it with a Bolognese sauce, or tossed with basil pesto and feta cheese. 


Keep an eye out for one, they're worth a try.


I figure a post about Spaghetti Melons is pretty random so I'm linking up with Really Random Thursday. 



29 comments:

Barb said...

fun food post! I have made it, but not for awhile. I should get one and have it again ;)

Maartje Quilt said...

Love this healthy melon!

Shay said...

Ive been meaning to try these but I cant find them. May have to make a special trip to the markets!

Thanks for reminding me.

Mary said...

Looks Yummy!

Melody said...

Brings back childhood memories, my dad grew them when I was a little kid.

Deborah said...

Great random post! I'll keep an eye out for this squash. I'd like to try it!

Vickie said...

My friend grows those, they're good and healthy too !

Julierose said...

I've never tried these--but will be on the lookout for one at my farmer's market! Sounds really yummy..thanks, Julierose

Nifty Quilts said...

I love spaghetti squash! It's definitely worth blogging about. I will be calling it "spaghetti melon" in your honor, from now on.

Janine said...

I've always been meaning to grow those! Looks delicious :)

audrey said...

Hmm.. never tried it with a sauce! We always ate it warm from the oven with butter!

Heather said...

Yum, thanks for the reminder. I will look for some next time I am out shopping, which better be soon as the cupboards are pretty bare. Too busy paying with fabric!

Patchwork and Play said...

We used to eat these but haven't tried one for years. I'll be on the lookout!

Katy Cameron said...

Now squash I love, melons I hate, so I'm afraid I won't be renaming them in your honour ;o) I have hunted for them for a long time to no avail, but I'm not giving up hope!

Terry said...

Haven't ever tried them but always up for new food. I saw them on River Cottage Australia. Nice reminder Thank you

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

No I haven't heard of these Rachael...will have to look out for one now!

Nita said...

oh, yum! I've cooked with it before - I like it best with a little S&P and olive oil.

Every Stitch said...

Nice to find someone who has discovered these - I discovered them several years ago and thought they were amazing! They do make a great low carb spaghetti bolognese.
Hilda

O'Quilts said...

OMG I guess I have lost u...Stupid Google Reader...well maybe me(: All these posts I missed that could have been cheering me up..especially the fan ones...Spaghetti Squash grows down here in North Carolina!!! Right in the garden if you wish..Enjoy..

Chris said...

Looks just like spaghetti!
Love the quilt border design on your plate too.

Marg said...

I used to cook with it a lot, but I haven't seen it anywhere for years. I'm going to have to try harder to search for it.

Janet said...

Well thank you Miss Rachael, I have ideas now. It's a good vegetable that I now have ideas for.

Susan Owenby said...

Somehow or another I haven't come across your blog before you stopped by theboredzombie today! So sad, lots of great things to check out. I'll be tuned in going forward. :)

(FYI - I hate squash! even the pictures make me snarl a bit. :) )

Lynne Shandley said...

We had one years ago, several in fact, when my father grew them. The family voted no more of them. I should try one now I'm big and (sorta) grown up.

Staci said...

Toss the hot shreds with a bit of Romano cheese, fresh or dried oregano, a bit of butter and some S&P. makes a great side dish. Add some shrimp or chicken and it can be a main dish.

Karen said...

My Mum used to serve us up spaghetti squash but we weren't keen on it as kids. My sister and I like it now though.

needleandspindle said...

Oooo, I have not had one of these since I was a kid. My kids would love this, so much vegetable fun. And yes, that was very random!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

I'll be looking for one today when I pick up my chickens (I get 4chickens every month from one of the farms nearby). I just like knowing the chicken was raised outside and enjoying life before I feed it to my family. They have a produce stand so I'll ask if there's any of these on any nearby farms. We have been trying to reduce our gluten intake and I feel so much much better since making the switch. This would be a nice alternative to spaghetti noodles. I noticed yesterday that our cat's food has gluten as one of the ingredients. I bet that can't be good for them either. Food is such a complicated matter these days! Thanks for sharing this:)

Live a Colorful Life said...

I have always wanted to try one of these!

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