Considering the amount of produce I manage to get hold of, Spaghetti Squash has proved to be quite an elusive vegetable. It's been most frustrating, especially when I've seen so many Spaghetti Squash recipes featured on Weekend Herb Blogging.
What surprised me most about it was that it was hard like a pumpkin, I'd always imagined it was soft due to the fact that it looks more like a large marrow. I suppose I can put my confusion down to language differences - the term squash here is more likely to apply to soft, zucchini-like vegetables, like these yellow squash.
After reading up on the different ways of cooking the squash, I decided to boil it. As I was a little apprehensive about boiling it whole, I decided to boil only half of it. That means I'll be able to experiment using another method with the other half.
Once cooked, I found that I didn't get those long spaghetti like strands, these looked more like Chinese egg noodles and it's this appearance that lead me to my recipe.
I decided to quickly stir fry my "squash noodles" in a tasty mix of pancetta and leek - the result is a seriously tasty snack!
½ spaghetti squash
1 leek, roughly chopped
pancetta, cut into lardons
salt and white pepper
Prepare the spaghetti squash:
Cut the squash in half lengthways, scrap out the seeds and connecting flesh. Apparently the seeds can be dried and enjoyed like pumpkin seeds.
Place the squash in a pot of simmering water and cook until tender - depending on the size of the squash it can take between 20 and 40 minutes.
Once soft remove from the pot and let it stand until cool enough to handle.
Use a spoon or a fork to scrap out the squash - it will come out in strands.
Complete the dish:
Drizzle a little oil in a pan and when heat, add in the pancetta lardons. Let these sizzle and brown before adding in the chopped leek.
Lower the heat to allow the leek to soften but not yet coloured before increasing the heat and adding in the spaghetti squash strands.
Stir the mixture well and season with salt and pepper to taste - cook until heated through.