Recipe – Spaghetti Sԛuash Rеd Sаuсе

whether working with the spaghetti squash from your garden or recently purchased from the store this recipe makes a nice weeknight recipe. Because this spaghetti squash recipe uses only the stovetop and the microwave it doesn’t add a lot of heat to the house, so, it can be a year-round family favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion diсеd
  • 1 tsp. оlivе oil
  • 1 plum tomato, seeded and diсеd
  • 1 сuр tomato sauce
  • ¾ tѕр.. orеgano
  • ½ tѕр. salt
  • ¼ tѕр. рерреr
  • 1 lаrgе spaghetti squash, about 5 pounds
  • ¼ сuр Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a nonstick ѕkillеt, sauté onion in оil until tranѕluсеnt, about 10 minutes. Add tomato, tomato ѕаuсе, oregano, salt, and рерреr and ѕimmеr over low hеat for 30 minutеѕ.
  • Mеanwhilе, hаlvе spaghetti squash lеngthwisе, and rеmоvе seeds. Cover еасh hаlf with microwave-safe cellophane wrap for cooking, leaving 1 сornеr еxроѕеd. Miсrоwаvе, cut side up, on a plate on high power for 8 minutеѕ. Sԛuash should ѕераratе easily into ѕtrandѕ when donе.
  • Sсrаре out flesh and рlасе in an lаrgе mixing bowl. Mix in tomato ѕаuсе and season to tastе. Dividе into ѕix 2/3-сuр portions and top еасh with 1 tаblеѕроon Pаrmеѕan. Or, if you like you can lay the spaghetti squash out and apply on a platter and cover it with a tomato sauce making the Parmesan available for each to serve their own when they take their helping.

Servings

  • Makes about six servings

Garden Pests – Cucumber Beetle (striped, Spotted, And Banded)

 Spotted Cucumber Beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata) 
Spotted Cucumber Beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata)

Having already seen these unhelpful critters in my garden this year, it is time to pull out the gardener’s arsenal early before they and go on the attack.

Scientific Name

  • Spotted Cucumber Beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata)
  • Striped Cucumber Beetle (Acalymma vittatum)
  • Banded Cucumber Beetle (Diabrotica balteata LeConte)

Garden Plants Affected By Colorado Potato Beetle

  • Cucumbers
  • Squash (Summer and Winter)
  • Melons
  • Pumpkins

How to Control Colorado Potato Beetles

  • Spray or dust with garden safe pesticide when beetles appear, and weekly, as necessary
  • Use yellow sticky traps.  Cucumber beetles are attracted to the color yellow and can be captured with traps.

How To Stream A Pumpkin Or Winter Squash

Winter Squash In Steamer
Winter Squash In Steamer

Steaming winters squash is my most used method of preparing winter squash.  I find it quick, easy, and once streamed, the squash is easily used.

Kitchen Equipment

  • A streamer—for large squashes I repurpose my pasta pan.
  • A pair of tongs
  • A large metal spoon – Usually use a large tablespoon, but any strong large metal spoon will do fine.
  • A scrap bowl to keep the bits and pieces out of the way, until you are ready to deal with them.
  • A kitchen Cleaver to cut the squash
  • A cutting board
  • A table fork

How To Prepare The Squash Or Pumpkin For Streaming

  • Wash the exterior of the squash to remove any debris
  • On a cutting board, use the Clever to remove a small quantity from both ends
Trimmed End Of Winter Squash
Trimmed End Of Winter Squash
  • Slice the squash lengthwise on both side to its center
Winter Squash Cut Lengthwise
Winter Squash Cut Lengthwise
  • Scrape out seeds and membranes set aside.
Using Spoon To remove Seeds and Membranes
Using Spoon To remove Seeds and Membranes
  • Measure the depth of your steamer and cut both halves into lengths slightly shorter, so, the squash will fit into your streamer.
  • Cut each section lengthwise down the center, effectively quartering large quash. If you are dealing with a smaller squash you may want to leave it in halves, if they are not too large. For very large squash you may need to cut them into more section.  The goal is to get them to fit and to be in roughly equal size chunks.

How To Steam Your Winter Squash

  • Add water to just below, an inch or so, the base of your stream insert
  • Fill your stream with the first batch, loosely pack so the stream can circulate easily
Winter Squash Loosely Loaded Into Streamer
Winter Squash Loosely Loaded Into Streamer
  • Cover and turn on high
  • Once the stream is flowing, reduce to a medium or medium-low heat
  • Let the squash steam for a few minutes. This can vary depending on the thickness of the flesh of the squash.  For thick squash 15 minutes for thinner squash 10 minutes, then start checking your squash for doneness every few minutes.
  • Test with a table fork, when the fork can be inserted easily through the flesh to the outer shell of the squash you squash is done
Testing With Fork For Doneness
Testing With Fork For Doneness
  • Turn off and let cool. I’m usually working with large winter, so, I use tongs to move the squash to a heat tolerant bowl or pan to cool while I fill my steamer and cook the next batch.
Using Metal Tongs To Move squash to a cooling Bowl or Plate
Using Metal Tongs To Move squash to a cooling Bowl or Plate
  • Once cool, use a metal spoon to remove the flesh from the outer shell and place in a container of your choice.
Separating Flesh from Shell With A Spoon
Separating Flesh from Shell With A Spoon

Caution:  Stream squash is extremely hot and can burn you, as can the steam. So, be careful and let the squash cool before handling and don’t get in too big of a rush to start removing the flesh from the shell.

Uses of Steamed Squash

  • Steamed squash is very useful and can be used in any number of ways, such as soups, pies, bread, cakes, and/or mash. It can be added to other dishes like macaroni and cheese (and other dishes) as a partial cheese substitute.
  • Also, it can be added to dog food in moderation to provide fiber and added nutrition. We are giving it to our dogs, we like to add some home-grown yogurt too for added flavor and benefit for our dogs. By the way, we check with our vet and she recommends adding some squash to a dog’s diet.

Storage Of Steamed Squash

  • In the refrigerator steamed squash can be stored for three or four days before used.
  • Once cooled streamed winter squash can be placed in freezer containers and frozen for up to a year. Keep in that it will come out of the freeze and be watery, but it perfectly usable.
  • Streamed winter squash can also be canned, if care is taken, and stored in your pantry or cellar up to three years.

How Not To Waste The Scraps

There are several ways to take advantage of the squash scraps. Among them are:

  • Roasting the seeds for a snack and other uses
  • If you are a gardener, growing non-hybrid seed (and/or grow no other variety which could cross breed), you can dry the seeds and use them for a future
  • Composting the scraps to make a garden soil additive
  • If you happen to have livestock, feed it to them, they will love it. Especially, chickens, cattle, and pigs.

Related References

Winter Squash – Sweet Dumpling

Winter Squash, Sweet Dumpling (C.Pepo)
Winter Squash, Sweet Dumpling (C.Pepo)

Sweet Dumpling is a very sweet, tender orange flesh and a acornish shape with ivory skin with dark green stripes. The Sweet dumpling has pale orange flesh About the perfect size for having and filling with a meat stuffing for a nice two-person meal starter.

Species

Cucurbita

Genus

Pepo

Classification

Squash

Family

Acorn

Days To Maturity

100-110 days

Fruit Size

A small to medium sized squash ranging in diameter from 5 to 7 inches.

Weight

¾ to 1 lb

Skin Color

Ivory skin with dark green stripes

Habit

Medium length vines

Seed Depth

½ – 1″

Seeds Per group

4 -6

Seed Spacing

6″

Space Between Hills

4 – 6′

Day To Germination

7 – 14

Thin To (Plants Per hill)

2

Year Introduced

1976

Heirloom

No

Resistance

Unknown

Usage

Edible – Very good food qualities

Storage

Good Keeper

Space Saver

Can be planted in your landscaping or in a very large pot.  Also, can be grown vertically.

Substitution

substitutes for Acorn or carnival

Related References

Good Reasons to Grow Plenty of Winter Squash And Pumpkins

Good Reasons to Grow Plenty of Winter Squash And Pumpkins
Neck Pumpkin on the ground outside a raised bed

While there are many gardeners who lament the space consumed by winter squash and pumpkins there are several good reasons to grow plenty of them.

Reason for growing winter squash

Chief among the good reasons to grow squash for the dinner table are:

  • Most young winter squash/pumpkins can be used as a substitute for summer squash eliminating the need to grow both,
  • Most young winter squash/pumpkins can be used as a substitute for Apple in certain recipes (e.g. apple pie),
  • The flowers are edible (in salads, quesadillas, etc.),
  • The seeds are edible (shelled raw, roasted or as sprouts),
  • They can be stored for long periods without the use of special preservation techniques.

More good reason for growing winter squash

Other reasons to grow plenty of winter squash are:

  • They can easily be given to friends or neighbors for there use, which can generate some goodwill,
  • They can usually be donated to food banks/kitchens,
  • They can be used for decoration both indoors and outside,
  • They can be fed to livestock for those who may have small farms,
  • and seed savers can give their seeds to friends for their gardens.

Winter Squash – Neck Pumpkin

This forerunner of the modern-day butternut varieties is believed to have originated in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. A very old form of Butternut squash with a large long curving neck. Interior is thick rich sweet yellow-orange flesh with a nutty flavor. Grows well in the southern U.S.A.

ClassificationDays To MaturityFruit SizeWeightSkin ColorHabit
Squash100-120Average 18″ to 30″ long and 3″ to 5″ inches in width, and ending in a 9″ bulb.10 -30#smooth light-Buff/TanVines grow to 6 feet, producing 4-5 squash per plant.
Seed DepthSeeds Per groupSeed SpacingSpace Between HillsDay To GerminationThin To (Plants Per hill)
½ -1″3-43″10-12′7-141-2
SpeciesGenusYear IntroducedHeirloomResistance
CucurbitaMoschataVery Old – Date UnknownYesExcellent resistance to vine borers.
FamilyButternut
UsageEdible – Very good food qualities.
StorageGood keeper
Space SaverPick young and use as summer squash.

Winter Squash – Long Island Cheese

Long Island Cheese (C. Moschata)
Long Island Cheese (C. Moschata)

One of the oldest cultivated moschatas in the U.S.A. Medium-large size and flattened shape and smooth heavily ribbed tanned skin (suggest a wheel of cheese), having a slender woody stem, and deep orange, moderately sweet flesh. Not very prolific but one of our favorite baking varieties. Grows well in the south.

Classification Days
To Maturity
Fruit Size Weight Skin Color Habit Notes
Squash 71-105 Average 8″ to 12″ long and 3″ to 5″ inches in width 6-10 lbs Ribbed, buff/Tan colored Large vines up to 12′, which 2 or 3 fruit per plant. One of the oldest cultivated moschatas in the U.S.A. Medium-large size and flattened shape and smooth heavily ribbed tanned skin (suggest a wheel of cheese), having a slender woody stem, and deep orange, moderately sweet flesh. Not very prolific but one of our favorite baking varieties. Grows well in the south.
Seed Depth Seeds Per group Seed Spacing Space Between Hills Day To Germination Thin To
(Plants Per hill)
½ -1″ 6-8 3″ 10-12′ 10-14 2-3
Species Genus Year Introduced Heirloom Resistance
Cucurbita Moschata 1824 Yes Excellent resistance to vine borers.
Usage Edible – Excellent food qualities
Storage Good Keeper
Space Saver No Suggestions