I know. You’re confused. So am I.
I roasted this weird vegetable squash thing. Then I put it in my mouth.
Only, not. Weird vegetable squash things are actually quite tasty. Who knew?
This was my first time cooking or eating a spaghetti squash and, I’m not going to lie, I was scared. I figured if I tossed in some bacon, garlic, and Parmesan that things would work out. After all, bacon makes everything taste good, right?
Funny story: spaghetti squash actually taste just fine without the bacon. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper and I could eat it straight from the pan. Of course, adding the bacon doesn’t hurt things.The squash has this slightly sweet, earthy flavor. Earthy in a good way, not earthy in a dirt way. Earthy in a “this is what I imagine Fall would taste like if I didn’t already imagine it tastes like pumpkin pie” sort of way.
This was so filling and would easily feed my family of four as a main dish. Add in a salad and some garlic bread, and you have a healthy, scrumptious dinner.
Spaghetti Squash with Bacon, Garlic, and Parmesan
1 spaghetti squash, around 4 pounds
4 slices bacon, diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
Parmesan cheese, shaved or grated, as much as you like
salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray or olive oil.
Wash the spaghetti squash and slice off the end with the stem. Stand it up with the flat cut side down. Slice the squash in half lengthwise. (Use your muscles, squash can be difficult to cut!)
Scrape the seeds from the center of the squash and discard (or save for roasting and eating as a snack). Sprinkle the inside of the squash with salt and pepper.
Place on the prepared pan cut side down and bake for 30-45 minutes or until a sharp knife can be easily inserted with only a little resistance.
Fry the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Add the garlic to the bacon and continue cooking one minute or until fragrant.
Use a fork to scrape the flesh from the squash in long strings. Place in a bowl.
Add the bacon and garlic to the bowl of squash. You can drain the bacon first or add the grease right to the squash if you're feeling naughty.
Salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese.