Ever heard of spaghetti squash? If this is your first encounter of the word, you might find it sound a little weird. I mean, is it spaghetti made of squash? Does spaghetti squash even taste like pasta? What is spaghetti squash, anyway?
Spaghetti squash, or Cucurbita pepo, is also called vegetable spaghetti, noodle squash and spaghetti marrow among many other names. It is an American native oblong-shaped squash, and is also a variety of winter squash. Its skin color can be ivory, yellow, orange or green with streaks of white. Its flesh can be a variety of yellow, orange or white. This low-calorie squash is rich in vitamin A, folic acid, beta carotene, and potassium. It is like any other squash except when it’s cooked. It got its name because when cooked, the flesh would be string-like similar to spaghetti.
Now many people have become fascinated with the spaghetti squash’s characteristics that they use it in various recipes already. This squash is baked, steamed, boiled and can also be microwaved. Its seeds can even be roasted, just like pumpkin seeds. But the most common way of cooking this squash is using it as a substitute for pasta. Many people mix it with common spaghetti sauce, marinara sauce, carbonara sauce, or just plain home-made tomato sauce. Then they add some meat, herbs, and Parmesan cheese. These people treat it like pasta. But, does spaghetti squash taste like pasta?
For people who have tasted this extraordinary squash, the closest thing to pasta that they’ll ever get from it is its physical appearance when cooked. That’s just about it. When cooked, spaghetti squash tastes nothing like pasta. It actually tastes more like… squash. It has a semi-sweet taste and a distinct nutty flavor that isn’t too strong. It also has a buttery texture that compliments its crunchier-than-noodles characteristic.
So for those who are planning to use the spaghetti squash as a substitute for pasta, never assume that it should taste just like any other spaghetti. It is only named that way because of its look. However, you can still enjoy this vegetable with spaghetti sauce. Just remember that you’ll taste a completely different flavor. In this manner, you wouldn’t disappoint yourself. On the other hand, you might be surprised to taste an all-new pleasing-to-the-palate essence. Open your mind a little for this wonder of Mother Nature, and you will surely enjoy your way through endless possibilities with this delectable squash.