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how much does spaggetti squash actually taste like spagetti

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 05, 2013 at 6:29 PM

i used to love my dads recipe of spagetti with his sauce, which was a thick tomato sauce with onions, mushrooms, peppers, and sausage. altough I still have th sauce on a regular base (you can eat that shyt like stew!), I obviously never eat spagetti.

I was reading a paleo recipe blog and the guy mentioned something called spagetti squash, which is just a kind of squash thats been grated into long thin strands. He recommended preparing a paleo tomato sauce as usual, and that it waas the same, if not better.

sounds great, but I cant helpbut think that its like meatza- we can pretend its as good as real pizza, but its not.

anybody ever try this?

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on March 06, 2013
at 07:25 PM

Honestly, if you want a good vehicle for an awesome sauce, thinly slice an eggplant, brush with olive oil and then grill or roast it in the oven. It's amazing!

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on March 06, 2013
at 01:26 AM

Same here! Sometimes, I will even put it on a baked potato, like it was chili.

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on March 06, 2013
at 12:48 AM

Minority perhaps, but not alone. Either I've never had it prepared properly or I don't like it because I find the texture and flavor awful. I'd rather eat my spaghetti sauce like chili than put it on spaghetti squash!

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on March 05, 2013
at 09:10 PM

I love it (making it for dinner tonight w/ shrimp, ghee, garlic, tomatoes). It doesn't taste like spaghetti, but it has a similar texture and satisfies like pasta does. For example, the shrimp I'm making wouldn't feel like a complete meal for me unless I put it on top of some sort of noodle or rice...spaghetti squash is a great alternative. I like it a little al-dente.

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on March 05, 2013
at 08:41 PM

Well said mojay. The squashy taste and texture are quite pleasant, but they don't make me (much less my kids) forget about real spaghetti noodles. The closest thing I've found to the proper texture is fresh yam noodles, which I've bought at Japanese grocery stores. They go well with a nice thick marinara, and unlike other paleo noodly approximations I've tried, they don't become a soggy, gluey tangle after soaking up sauce.

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on March 05, 2013
at 07:19 PM

I suggest roasting it in the oven over the microwave method for taste over convenience

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on March 05, 2013
at 06:42 PM

The best testament to how good it tastes is that my husband, who is non-paleo and vegetable-phobic, did not notice until about halfway through dinner that he wasn't actually eating pasta. Once he realized it, though, he kept eating it and said that he really liked it.

To be fair, the texture and taste IS different than real pasta. You really aren't fooling yourself when you eat it. However, it tastes REALLY good (I add butter, garlic, salt and pepper to the squash before I throw the sauce on). If you have a nice hearty sauce with lots of meat and veggies, you might be like my husband and not really notice that you're not eating pasta at first.

Also, the squash doesn't have to be shredded to make that texture. It sort of comes out like that on its own after you roast it.

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on March 05, 2013
at 08:41 PM

Well said mojay. The squashy taste and texture are quite pleasant, but they don't make me (much less my kids) forget about real spaghetti noodles. The closest thing I've found to the proper texture is fresh yam noodles, which I've bought at Japanese grocery stores. They go well with a nice thick marinara, and unlike other paleo noodly approximations I've tried, they don't become a soggy, gluey tangle after soaking up sauce.

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on March 05, 2013
at 06:45 PM

Like pasta, spaghetti squash is a vehicle for sauce. Personally, I think the squash tastes better than pasta.

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on March 05, 2013
at 07:18 PM

When I had it, I thought "I have been missing out my whole life"

Not only does it taste better (maybe because it's guilt free?) but it's a hell of a lot healthier too.

It's good with kerrygold on it also to make sort of a butter noodles type thing.

I think im gonna pick one up and try to make some salmon (and shrimp?) alfredo this spring break. (kids are going to Miami and PCB, Im getting paleo-creative.

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on March 05, 2013
at 09:37 PM

Anything you do with pasta.. u can do with spaghetti squash as far as sauces and toppings go. Do they taste the same?.. truthfully no not really. But theyre fantastic nevertheless. Dont overcook it and turn it to mushy. It should be somewhat al dente' when u take it out of the oven so when your sauteeing it or mixing it with your sauce of choice it'll cook a bit more then. There are plenty of videos on you tube showing how to cook it. I second what david said.. i wish i wouldve discovered it years ago!

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on March 05, 2013
at 09:03 PM

It doesn't taste like pasta at all. The texture is also different. It is a holder of sauce, albeit a tasty one. It's also good slathered in Kerrygold butter and black pepper.

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on March 05, 2013
at 06:32 PM

The squash isn't grated, it's naturally formed as strings a la spaghetti. I'd say it's delicious, and looks the same, but the texture and taste are different. But still - delicious!

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on March 06, 2013
at 12:28 AM

I know I'm in the minority here... but I HATE spag-squash. I don't find it to be a substitute for pasta, at all, or as its own food. I hate the taste, I hate the texture, I just hate it. I don't really like other winter squashes much either, though, so YMMV.

You should try it, though! Try everything twice! Even though I hated spaghetti squash, I'm glad I gave it a chance. I have learned I like so many things I always thought I hated.

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on March 06, 2013
at 01:26 AM

Same here! Sometimes, I will even put it on a baked potato, like it was chili.

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on March 06, 2013
at 12:48 AM

Minority perhaps, but not alone. Either I've never had it prepared properly or I don't like it because I find the texture and flavor awful. I'd rather eat my spaghetti sauce like chili than put it on spaghetti squash!

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on March 05, 2013
at 09:16 PM

it doesn't really taste like pasta or have the texture of it. it's kind of mushy after it's cooked. i like the taste though. i would eat it two different ways:

  1. with pasta sauce and pepperoni
  2. drizzled with sesame oil and avocado chunks

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on March 06, 2013
at 05:08 PM

i LOVE it and so does my hubby, who tends to be very questionable about paleo foods i make. we eat it as if it were spaghetti- with paleo tomato aouce and meatballs, shrimp and paleo pesto--and many other pasta recipies that i make over to be paleo (ie, shrimp diaviolo over spag squash). the squash really doesn't have much taste so it takes on whatever you make it with. and it is very filling! since i discovered it, i can go without reg past now, and i never though that would be the case.

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on March 06, 2013
at 01:10 PM

If you are looking for a vehicle for sauce, my favorite right now is a "lasagna" using butternut squash (sliced thin) as lasagna noodles:

http://www.health-bent.com/beef/paleo-butternut-squash-lasagna

Although, word of caution, this is one of the few paleo foods that I can't control myself with. It's almost carb addiction like - I could eat the whole pan in one sitting.

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on March 06, 2013
at 08:29 AM

Personally, I don't think the basic dried pasta I'm stores actually tastes like anything. However, I did try the spaghetti squash and loved it. The taste almost reminded me of a mild acorn squash flavor. I couldn't get it to cook up as squishy as I liked but, it was just something to smother in sauce and I love sauce.

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on March 06, 2013
at 05:45 AM

It tastes like a mild squash and has a bit of a crunch, no matter how long it's cooked. So I don't like it much with pasta sauces (julienne zucchini is much more neutral and noodle-like IMHO).

I happen to like spaghetti squash, but with butter, salt, and pepper, not pasta sauces.

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on March 05, 2013
at 09:46 PM

I don't think it tastes like spaghetti at all, it just looks like it. I especially like it as a substitute for rice noodles with curries or clear Thai broths.

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