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    Just curious who has had this used in place of pasta with a sauce? I am new with some of these veggies and am curious to try this as my next pasta. Anyone?

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    I have and love it. Now if you have a picky eater, it may not go over well. Terri won't eat it. But I love it
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    I have eaten this and like it a lot. Once you cook the squash just cut in half lengthwise and remove seeds. The get a fork and use that to take all the flesh out--will look like spaghetti. You can then add seasoning to it, place in baking dish and top it with cheese and breadcrumbs and put in broiler til nice and bubbly. It's really good stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bella'sMom View Post
    I have and love it. Now if you have a picky eater, it may not go over well. Terri won't eat it. But I love it
    Well nobody is overly picky BUT I usually don't push this type of veggie unless it is hidden well. Would it hide in spaghetti sauce good enough or is hat too crazy? Maybe @cali baker idea would be better? Sounds good although I don't know what the squash actually tastes like. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by cali~jenn View Post
    Well nobody is overly picky BUT I usually don't push this type of veggie unless it is hidden well. Would it hide in spaghetti sauce good enough or is hat too crazy? Maybe @cali baker idea would be better? Sounds good although I don't know what the squash actually tastes like. Lol
    It's actually rather bland tasting on its own. So I would still pour tomato sauce over this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cali baker View Post
    It's actually rather bland tasting on its own. So I would still pour tomato sauce over this.
    Thanks! I will keep my eyes open at the store and buy it.

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    I like it, but Bruce says its too bland and prefers just regular spaghetti.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LariP View Post
    I like it, but Bruce says its too bland and prefers just regular spaghetti.
    Hmm... well that sounds like it will be an easy sell then if it is too bland, maybe the kids wont notice? lol As soon as I see some at the store I am trying this!

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    They used to be realllllly cheap, and we used it as an alternative to noodles for LOTSA things. They've skyrocketed in price and apparently become "trendy" now... :-\

    Mostly, we use it as a side-dish, tossed with butter, italian seasoning, and a little garlic powder. Sprinkle with Romano or Parmesan gratings for a fancier side.
    We also use it as a base for spaghetti, the cheese from Mac&Cheese, or Alfredo sauce for a quick and simple main dish. (Yes, I know adding Alfredo seriously negates any healthful benefit it may have had... LOL)

    We cheat and NUKE it.

    Wash the outside with warm, soapy water and the scrubby side of your sponge. Since the outside gets handled a lot while you're touching the insides... be careful & clean the outside!
    Get it cut in half (they explode if left whole for nuking!) -- cutting them in half is the hardest part!
    Fluff the seeds and tough strings out that will come easily with a spoon, add about 1/4-1/2 C water in the center, set it in the micro cut-side up... Hubby's microwave can cook one in about 5-10 minutes -- my old micro took about 20-25 minutes.
    While cooking, just poke it with a fork every five minutes of microwaving, and one of those times it will feel soft and when you twist the fork, the flesh easily comes loose!
    Let it sit for a little while so it cools enough you can hold the shell while pulling the flesh out... Just use a regular fork and dig it out & into a bowl.
    Top with a pat or two of butter, and spread the butter evenly to keep them soft and supple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TraciInTexas View Post
    They used to be realllllly cheap, and we used it as an alternative to noodles for LOTSA things. They've skyrocketed in price and apparently become "trendy" now... :-\

    Mostly, we use it as a side-dish, tossed with butter, italian seasoning, and a little garlic powder. Sprinkle with Romano or Parmesan gratings for a fancier side.
    We also use it as a base for spaghetti, the cheese from Mac&Cheese, or Alfredo sauce for a quick and simple main dish. (Yes, I know adding Alfredo seriously negates any healthful benefit it may have had... LOL)

    We cheat and NUKE it.

    Wash the outside with warm, soapy water and the scrubby side of your sponge. Since the outside gets handled a lot while you're touching the insides... be careful & clean the outside!
    Get it cut in half (they explode if left whole for nuking!) -- cutting them in half is the hardest part!
    Fluff the seeds and tough strings out that will come easily with a spoon, add about 1/4-1/2 C water in the center, set it in the micro cut-side up... Hubby's microwave can cook one in about 5-10 minutes -- my old micro took about 20-25 minutes.
    While cooking, just poke it with a fork every five minutes of microwaving, and one of those times it will feel soft and when you twist the fork, the flesh easily comes loose!
    Let it sit for a little while so it cools enough you can hold the shell while pulling the flesh out... Just use a regular fork and dig it out & into a bowl.
    Top with a pat or two of butter, and spread the butter evenly to keep them soft and supple.
    thanks for the help. I will report back how it turns out.

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