One Sunday, I was listening to The Splendid Table on NPR. During the call-in part, someone asked for recommendations for spaghetti squash. Because a tomato or marinara sauce just doesn't quite cut it! Lynn Rosetto Kasper said because spaghetti squash is almost tasteless, she thinks of it like she thinks of rice noodles. So, she recommended marinating the cooked squash in miso. I was inspired. I didn't have miso, but I had a recipe for a fabulous soy sauce gravy that my mom passed down to me. I made the squash and loved it. I ate the leftovers at work the next day and loved it still. Not to mention, it got quite a lot of oohs and ahhs in the lunch room.
There's nothing like a beautiful, healthy, seasonal dish that comes out being pretty cheap when the squash is cheap.
I can't do a cost analysis of this dish because my mother-in-law was the one who stocked my freezer with sesame seeds. And I haven't a clue how much I paid at Whole Foods for the shelled edamame. But I have some good news. I've been seeing the shelled edamame at grocers like Target and Publix, which means the price will likely be cheaper and the product is easier to acquire.
Recipe for Spaghetti Squash with Edamame and Sesame Seeds
- 1.5 pound spaghetti squash, cooked
- 1/2 cup onions, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1.5-2 cups edamame (I use frozen.)
- 1 recipe Soy Sauce Gravy (below)
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
Start the gravy first. Then, start cooking the squash (if microwaving). In a large skillet, Saute onions and garlic in olive oil. When onions are translucent, add edamame. Cook through. Add cooked spaghetti squash to vegetables. Pour gravy over the vegetables and allow flavors to marinate (3-5 minutes.) Serve vegetables topped with toasted sesame seeds.
Recipe for Soy Sauce Gravy
Recipe from my mother. Have no idea where she got it, but she's made it all my life.
- 1/8 C soy sauce
- 1 T cornstarch
- 1 1/4 C water
In a mall saucepan, combine all ingredients. Cook on low-medium, stirring frequently, until clear.
Refrigerates and reheats well.