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Thursday, April 04, 2013

Everyone raves what a wonderful substitute zucchini and spaghetti squash are for pasta.

Let me start off by saying that I adore both. I have been eating them for years, but not as a pasta substitute until recently.

I made a zucchini lasagna and it was a gross, watery mess! It has to be thrown out. I made spaghetti squash last night, and it is watery too! I just ate everything together anyway, but it is no where near like the pictures!

I cook the squash by slicing it in half and baking it in the oven until it is done. The zucchini I sliced thin and used it raw like noodles...


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    I make zucchini noodles with a special peeler. I have found that you can't use the inner part near the seeds. So I feed that part to my dogs! I peel it onto paper towels and blot out the extra moisture. Then I just blanche it in the boiling water for about 2 minutes.

    Yellow squash is more watery but still works well for a lasagna type noodle. I use the flat option on my four sided grater to make long flat noodles. Again I only se the outer parts and skip the seedy area. Blot it well and then use as you would to layer sauce, meat and cheese like you do for lasagna.

    Yum! I may need to make some today.
    1838 days ago
  • 02SERENE
    Did you steam the zucchini? and steamed the spaghetti squash? I have cooked zucchini by steaming it and then stuffing it and putting it in the oven at 350 which seemed to take all the water out of it.

    I didn't boil zucchini in water because it absorbs water. emoticon
    1839 days ago
    Did you salt the zucchini? I have never made zucchini noodles, but I have made eggplant rollatini and that is basically using eggplant as noodles and you have to salt them to draw some of the bitter out as well as some of the water.
    1840 days ago
    I suppose a pro like Spark's Chef Meg will know? Perhaps it is supposed to be eaten cold, because they sweat when hot?
    Let us know if you slove the riddle..
    1840 days ago
    I'm not sure myself.
    1840 days ago
  • EWL978
    Funny thing happened....I had dinner with my son & daughter in law last week and she was telling me (she's semi-vegitarion) that she makes this WONDERFUL spaghetti with zucchini that she cuts with some little machine that grinds out spiral strips like a curly spaghetti.

    I'm only too happy that she didn't make it for dinner or I would have had to stop at Wendy's on the way home!!

    By the way, I love zucchini and squash!!

    Keep on keeping'll have to deal with eating other stuff, I guess.
    1840 days ago
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