Spaghetti Squash makes a super alternative to spaghetti any time of year, because it has four times fewer the calories. Talk about a healthy dish! Read on to learn how to prepare spaghetti squash for replacing pasta noodles and some tasty sauces to give it some extra flavor.
How to Prepare Spaghetti Squash
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Pick a firm spaghetti squash that is light in color and bruise-free. Then slice in half. The Rada Serrated Slicer works great for this.
Remove the pulp and seeds in the middle. The Rada Ice Cream Scoop is an excellent tool for this task.
Place the squash halves face down in a pan. Here, we used the Rada Stoneware Rectangular Baker. Roast in a 375 degree oven for one hour.
When the squash is out of the oven and has cooled, take a fork and make strands like spaghetti from the inside of the squash.
Make & Freeze Homemade Tomato Sauce
Ingredients you will need:
- 8 lbs. plum (Roma) tomatoes
- 1/4 C. olive oil
- 1/4 C. finely chopped shallots
- 4-8 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 5 T. chopped fresh basil
- 2 tsp. brown sugar
Place tomatoes in a large pot with 1/2 C. water. Crumple a 15” piece of parchment paper and dampen with cold water; set flattened paper over tomatoes. Cover pot and cook over low heat for 30 minutes, allowing tomatoes to steam; shake pot occasionally to stir but do not remove lid.
Working in batches, transfer tomatoes to a food processor and puree until smooth. If desired, press mixture through a sieve to collect juice and fine pulp in a bowl; discard skin and seeds.
Pour mixture into a large pot. Add oil, shallots, garlic, salt and basil. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 40-60 minutes, stirring often, until reduced by about half.
Stir in brown sugar and season with salt and pepper. Chill pot in ice water, stirring often.
Now you have tomato sauce! Read on to learn how to freeze it for another time…
To pour into freezer containers, leaving headspace. Seal, label and freeze for up to 1 year. To use, thaw sauce and simmer for 5 minutes or until heated through. Makes about 5 cups.
Try adding Italian herbs for Italian dishes; stir in green chiles and crushed red pepper to add heat to Mexican dishes; or increase basil and garlic or add rosemary or thyme for Mediterranean cooking!
How to Make Scampi Sauce
This simple sauce only takes the Rada Quick Mix, a half cup of boiling water, and some optional butter. After three to five minutes of letting the mix simmer on the stove, you have the perfect meal starter. This is great served with chicken or shrimp as well.
Find this and all of the other great Quick Mixes Rada offers. You’ll find everything from meal starters like this one to dips, no-bake cheesecakes, cheeseballs, soups, and pound cakes.
Watch these instructional videos for visual instructions on how to prepare spaghetti sauce and Rada’s Scampi Sauce Quick Mix!
Spaghetti Squash Preparation Video Transcript:
Hi, Kristy in the Rada Kitchen. Today I’m going to make a spaghetti squash. As it says, the fibers are like spaghetti after you bake it. It can be replaced in dishes that use spaghetti or vermitelli. It’s actually healthier for you. Spaghetti has four times the calories as the squash would.
You want to pick one that’s firm without any bruises, a light yellow color. I’m going to bake mine in the oven at 375 degrees. I’m going to cut it in half with this Rada Serrated Slicer. The serrations cut through that outer skin. Once you have it cut in half, you’ll want to remove the seeds and the pulp in the middle. I’m going to use the Rada Ice Cream Scoop. It has that nice beveled edge so it cuts into the flesh. Now you’ll want to place them, cut side down, in a baking pan. We’re going to roast them in a 375 degree oven for an hour.
So I’ve roasted the spaghetti squash for an hour and I’ve let it cool. So you simply take a fork and it makes strands just like spaghetti. It tastes really good with the Rada Scampi Sauce and it’d be good with the Rada Marinara Sauce. This is a good low calorie, low carb meal, and it’s a great replacement for pasta.
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How to Make Scampi Sauce Video Transcript:
Hi, Kristi in the Rada Kitchen, and I’m mixing up some Scampi Sauce. This is a Rada Quick Mix dip, one of my favorites. It’s a mix of roasted garlic and butter. It’s great over angel hair pasta, you can serve it with chicken and shrimp, and I made another video where I served it over spaghetti squash. It’s really easy to mix up in a pan. You add the sauce and a cup and a half of water and an optional half tablespoon of butter. I’m going to bring that to a boil and heat it for 3-5 minutes.
So after 3-5 minutes, it’s ready to serve, either by itself or along with shrimp and chicken. It’s rich and creamy and buttery. Just one of the Rada Quick Mix sauces.
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