Let’s noodle things that aren’t noodles.
There are various devices and implements available for noodling things that aren’t noodles. This is particularly helpful for people with gluten sensitivities or anyone on a paleo diet that wants to create noodles out of cucumbers or zucchini. But nature has created its own noodley vegetable that doesn’t require any additional kitchen accessories. It’s called a spaghetti squash, and it’s tasty, healthy and somewhat alien.
As its name advertises, the spaghetti squash gently comes apart like pasta when cooked and can then be topped with any sauce you’d normally douse spaghetti in. It’s a great alternative to pasta and very simple to make!
You will need:
- 1 spaghetti squash
- olive oil
- salt & pepper
- fresh thyme
Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise with a serrated knife (get a friend or samurai to help you if need be). Scoop out the seeds, then drizzle the flesh with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Lay flesh side down on a baking pan lined with parchment paper and bake at 425 degrees for 1 hour, or until you can easily pierce the outside with a knife.
Once you’ve removed the squash from the the oven, let it cool down enough to touch. Flip the halves over and gently scrape the flesh with a fork. The spaghetti should come apart easily. Place in a large bowl and toss with a couple sprigs of fresh thyme. Eat alone and solo, or with sauce and a partner, or some combination thereof.