September 30, 2014

Spaghetti Squash with Fresh Herbs

Enjoy a bounty of fresh herbs in this flavorful side dish ~ Spaghetti Squash with Fresh Herbs.

The day I decided to do the photo shoot for this {oh-so-flavorfully-yummy} Spaghetti Squash with Fresh Herbs, I learned something about cooking spaghetti squash.

Or, I should say, I learned something about how not  to cook spaghetti squash.
See, I usually bake my spaghetti squash.  But on this given day I was being lazy.

And I decided to cook my squash in the microwave.

Well, apparently I didn't do something right.  'Cause after just a few minutes of the squash's ride on the microwave merry-go-round, I heard a horrible noise coming from that way.  A mini explosion of sorts.

I bet you can guess what it was.

Mmmm hmmmmm.  When I opened the microwave door, this is the sight that awaited me:

After I stopped laughing my pa-tooty off ... 'cause let's be honest, this is a pretty funny sight ... I, of course, grabbed my camera to snap to quick photo of the squash bomb to share with you.

And then promptly scooped up my exploded squash ... cleaned it up a bit ... cut it in half ... and baked it.

The way I usually  do.

Ahhhhh ... much better.

After dragging a fork through the squash flesh several times, I had a nice pile of squash spaghetti strands.  And could set about making my Spaghetti Squash with Fresh Herbs.

Instead of making a mess of my microwave.

I've been fortunate enough of-late to be the recipient of an abundance of fresh herbs from my Mom's herb garden.  Every time I go visit, I bring home a big zip-top baggie full of different kinds!  Love it.

So I chopped up a big ol' bunch of Mom's fresh basil, and parsley, and chives.

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Then I melted some butter in a saute pan ...

... threw in my spaghetti squash strands and the herbs, and sauteed them together until warmed through.

The result?

A super yummy squash-and-herb concoction, that was gobbled up in no-time flat.  Let's just say, it was gobbled up in way less time than it took me to clean out the microwave.

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Spaghetti Squash with Fresh Herbs
Source:  Adapted from Thyme to Cook, compiled by the Rosemary-n-Thyme Herb Society of Gastonia, NC
(Printable recipe)

  • 1 (3 lb.) spaghetti squash
  • 2 T. butter
  • 3/4 to 1 c. chopped mixed fresh herbs {such as basil, chives, parsley, sage, and/or oregano}*
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  1. Cut squash in half lengthwise and place, cut side down, in a baking dish. Add water to the baking dish to come up about 1/2-inch on the side of the dish. Cover with foil. Bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes, until squash is easily pierced with a paring knife. Turn squash over, re-cover with foil, and continue to bake about another 15 minutes until very tender. Uncover and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Remove seeds with a spoon; discard. Use the tines of a fork to gently pull the flesh of the squash into strands. Place strands in a mixing bowl.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat; melt butter in the skillet. Add squash strands, chopped herbs, salt, and pepper. Toss gently until heated through.
* I usually use a mix of fresh basil, chives, and parsley.


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  1. I love all the fresh squash. It is pretty in color to serve and healthy and best of all delicious. My kids do love spaghetti squash. You have reminded me to buy it and make it soon. Blessings, Catherine

    1. I agree squash is pretty and delicious, Catherine. I'm always so excited to get my hands on a bunch when Fall rolls around!

  2. Thank you for the recipes! I have been cooking/making spaghetti squash a couple of years now and love new recipes.
    I will tell you that I have never had an issue with cooking in the microwave. Cut squash in half and put cut side down then cook. From the picture, it looks like your squash with whole? Anyway..for what that is worth.
    Will try your recipe!

    1. Hi, Claudia! You're very welcome. Yes, I was being lazy and poked a bunch of holes with a fork in the whole squash, as I do with some other varieties of winter squash. Well, as we can see ... that doesn't work so great with spaghetti squash! :-)

  3. We love Spaghetti Squash and will really enjoy this recipe. Hope you are having a fantastic weekend and thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Yum! I love spaghetti squash and this looks awesome! Thanks for sharing! Pinning!


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