Substituting Spaghetti Squash for Pasta

Substituting Spaghetti Squash for Pasta

When I was in Florida, my mom substituted the normal pasta used to make spaghetti and meatballs with spaghetti squash. I was surprised at how much my kids enjoyed eating it. I was determined to serve this for dinner at my house when I got back home.

Spaghetti squash takes a lot longer to cook than pasta, so you’ll have to keep that in mind when you are ready to prepare dinner. I like to place mild sausage links in my crock pot with Prego pasta sauce. I do this first thing in the morning and turn the heat setting to low.

About an hour before its time to eat, I’ll slice my spaghetti squash in half and drizzle a little butter over the top of each half. I place them cut side up in a baking dish and bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for a total of 45 to 60 minutes. The spaghetti squash is done when you can pull it apart with your fork.

After I get all of the spaghetti squash strands out, I place them in a serving dish. Then, I drizzle some of the Prego sauce from the crock pot over the top. I don’t pour to much on spaghetti squash because I prefer my guests to decide how much sauce they desire.

You can also make homemade garlic bread to go with your meal. Simply chop up some garlic and mix it in with some melted butter. Spread over slices of Italian bread and bake until slightly crispy. Sometimes I’ll even shake a little parmesan cheese over the bread before I bake it.