Pick-Up: Thursday, September 20, 4:00pm to 6:00pm, Cook Field Parking Lot
Produce this Week:
- Spaghetti Squash
- Chard or Kale
- Cutting Celery
Self select—cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant
Tentative for next week:
Thoughts on spaghetti squash…
Students from farm lab have been busy harvesting spaghetti squash on the farm this past week and learning about the carbon cycle. This is a new item for the CSA. Spaghetti squash is technically a winter squash (Curcurbita pepo), but it is unique in that category. Known as vegetable spaghetti, it serves as a healthy alternative to carbohydrates. With the versatility of pasta, it is easily transformed into a complete meal. If you peruse the internet, you will very quickly find easy recipes for Spaghetti squash burrito bowls, Mediterranean spaghetti squash bowls, and spaghetti squash pizza bowls. Or you can just keep it simple and bake it and serve with salt, pepper, and butter.
Here’s a basic spaghetti squash as pasta recipe…
- 1 spaghetti squash, about 3 pounds
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 to 4 large garlic cloves, green shoots removed, minced
- 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Freshly grated Parmesan
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Pierce the squash in several places with a sharp knife. Cover a baking sheet with foil, and place the squash on top. Bake for one hour, until the squash is soft and easy to cut with a knife. Remove from the heat, and allow to cool until you can handle it. Cut in half lengthwise, and allow to cool some more. Remove the seeds and discard. Scoop out the flesh from half of the squash, and place in a bowl. Run a fork through the flesh to separate the spaghettilike strands. You should have about 4 cups of squash. (Use some squash from the other half if necessary). Set aside the other half for another dish.
- Heat the oil in a large, heavy nonstick skillet over medium heat, and add the garlic and bread crumbs. When they begin to sizzle and smell fragrant and the breadcrumbs are crisp — that is, after about a minute — stir in the squash and parsley, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss together over medium heat until the squash is infused with the garlic and oil and heated through, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove to a warm serving dish, top with freshly grated Parmesan and serve.