Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Spaghetti-Squash : Gluten-Free Pasta

[by Mike] I wrote a Gluten-Free Recipes series here on the Gluten-Free Blog last year entitled "Garden-to-Plate", where I featured all sorts of homegrown vegetables grown right here in our organic garden. Some of those recipes included things like:
and now...

2009 Brings Spaghetti Squash to the Garden

Oh, how I love fresh Spaghetti squash, covered with all sorts of other fresh vegetables from the gluten-free garden! This simple recipe starts with baking a Spaghetti squash while simultaneously pan-searing some fresh zucchini, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and a bit of basil in some olive oil.

The spaghetti squash is cooked "al dente" (leaving the fibers in the squash just ever so slightly "crisp" or "firm" yet - versus overcooking), which makes for a wonderful texture just like a great "real" pasta cooked to perfection. In fact, I tried this gluten-free spaghetti squash with just olive oil and some fresh ground black-pepper (prior to topping with the tomato / zuchini sauce), and it was wonderful even served that simple.

I highly recommend these squash, and if you can not grow them where you live, hopefully you can find them at the grocery store. We are grateful to be able to grow them ourselves, especially given that (in the off-season for sure) they tend to be rather over-priced at the store. This year, we have already harvested 4 of these nice gluten-free diet products, with each being about 10 or 12-inches long by perhaps 5 or 6 inches in diameter.

Now, the only down-side to things is that we must soon leave our old organic gluten-free garden behind as we move, permanently, to our new house that has the much larger gluten-free farming area with it. Our old house has sold now (closes this week), and that means we have a LOT of work to do at the new property to get the garden ready for 2010 larger-scale production. That new "farm" will definitely include spaghetti-squash, as we have already saved and dried some seeds from the squash featured in the pictures here -- ready to plant next year. Oh how I look forward to planting an ever-increasing variety of Celiac-safe vegetables, fruits, and perhaps even grains (e.g., Millet, Teff, etc.)... if only my body keeps up with my ambition!

Looking Forward...
Nick should be back soon writing a few more wheat-free and gluten-free product reviews in the coming week once he finishes up some other business he had to take care of. I know he has a large lineup of commercial products to taste-test and share an opinion about.

And, once my wife and I are fully situated at the new house, we should have some later-season garden treats to feature on the Gluten-Free Blog in addition to other product reviews. We were lucky enough to have had the chance to plant some garden items at both locations this year, so we have plenty of squash, sunflowers, cucumbers, and even a few tomatoes at the new house that should keep us cooking up healthy dinners there... and recipes/suggestions for online too.


Lynn said...

Spaghetti-squash with veggies prepared that way sounds like a dream meal to me. I find that I am eating less and less meat and more beans and salads and seafood. Veggies have always been my first love. I think I like them even more than goodies.

Medical Call Center said...

Good to hear about your glutten free recipe...squash is very good and useful for the health true.

Anonymous said...

Sounds yummy. I haven't cooked spahetti squash before. How long does the spaghetti squash need to be cooked to be "al dente" and at what temperature in the oven?

Mike Eberhart said...

My wife is baking the spaghetti squash in the oven at 450-degrees F for about 40-50 minutes (depends quite a bit on variability in size of spaghetti squash). She bakes them in a large cast iron pan/skillet with a bit of water in the bottom of pan... squash are split lengthwise, split-side-down in pan... aluminum foil over the entire pan.

Hope that helps. It may take some practice, and you may need to test the squash at around 40 minutes to see if it is about right.


blwilkey said...

I just picked a bunch of spaghetti squash from our family garden and I was looking for a new recipe to try. My daughters love the squash and are always bummed when our crop runs out. Usually, I just add a tiny bit of butter and some bacon pieces to it but this recipe can be an entire meal instead of a side dish.

Anonymous said...

I love spaghetti squash! It's delicious cooked in a skillet and seasoned like hashbrowns. And gluten free too! :)