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. 



Spaghetti Melon

29 comments

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

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  2. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  10. 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!

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

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  12. 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!

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

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

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

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  16. 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

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  17. 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..

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

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  19. 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.

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

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  21. 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. :) )

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  22. 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.

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  23. 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.

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  24. 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.

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  25. 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!

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  26. 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:)

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  27. I have always wanted to try one of these!

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