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It looks like spaghetti, but the strands in this dish are actually baked squash. It's definitely not pasta, but a healthful alternative. Photo by Sue Doeden

Looks like pasta, but it's really squash

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It's magical, really. As the family gathers around to observe, your sharp knife skillfully passes through pale yellow skin of a cylindrical fruit that has been cooked to tenderness. Curiosity mounts as you prod the halves apart. With a fork, you gently scrape the seeds away from the steaming hot flesh. And then, with the same fork, you amaze your audience as you pull out noodles.


Well, they look like noodles. And that's why the steaming food before you is called spaghetti squash.

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