Saturday, November 5, 2011

31 Squashlove: Portobello Spaghetti Squash

Hey everybody, it's officially fall (now bordering on winter) so what better time to share squash recipes of all variety! Last month was my first opportunity to participate in a #love blog hop, and this month is my first chance to co-host it. #love events are composed of a whole variety of food bloggers who share recipes showing their love for a certain ingredient. Last month the theme was applelove, and this month we are sharing squash recipes. Pumpkin, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, they're all ingredients we're showing respect to this month! Thanks to EA Stewart for introducing me to the blog hop group!

My main contribution to this month's event is my Portobello and Pancetta Spaghetti Squash. As someone who is gluten free, spaghetti squash is a godsend. I don't quite understand how it happens, but spaghetti squash has this amazing texture after its cooked that looks just like angel hair pasta! Even better, a good spaghetti squash has tons more flavor than angel hair pasta, and can provide a delicious taste to an overall meal. I came up with a fairly simple sauce that combines the richness of Portobellos and butter, the salty pork flavor of pancetta, and the aromatics of white wine. For this recipe, be sure to use a white wine you would drink. I recommend the flavor that a Reisling provides, but you can feel free to use whatever is handy. Check out my recipe at end of the post, under the blog hop!

Thanks to all of the other co-hosts for this month's #squashlove event!

Baker Street | Anuradha : @bakerstreet29
Bloc De Recetas | Salom√© : @blocderecetas
Bon √† croquer | Valerie : @valouth
Cafe Terra Blog | Terra : @cafeterrablog
Elephant Eats | Amy 
Food Wanderings | Shulie : @foodwanderings
Hobby and More | Richa : @betit19
Mike's Baking | Mike : @mikesbaking
Mis Pensamientos | Junia : @juniakk
My Twisted Recipes | Dudut : @mytwistedrecipe
Queens Notebook | Elizabeth : @mango_queen
Simply Reem | Reem : @simplyreem
Skip To Malou | Malou : @malou_nievera
Teaspoon Of Spice | Serena : @tspcurry
The Daily Palette | Annapet : @thedailypalette
The Professional Palette | Regan : @profpalate
The Spicy RD | EA : @thespicyrd
Vegan Miam | Rika : @veganmiam

Feel free to add your favorite squash recipes to this bloghop! 

Portobello Spaghetti Squash with a White Wine Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes for the squash in the oven, 15 minutes for the sauce.
Serves: 4

1 spaghetti squash
salt and pepper
3 ounces Pancetta, diced
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic,minced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 Portobello mushroom caps, cubed
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup Reisling
Feta Cheese for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350F. Slices the spaghetti squash in half, and then scoop out all of the seeds. Drizzle the insides with olive oil, and generously salt and pepper. Place face down on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until the flesh is tender. Once baked, set aside for 5 minutes.

While the squash bakes, sautee the pancetta over medium heat until crispy. Remove the pancetta from the pan, and set it aside for later. Add the oil, garlic, and onion to the pan. Sautee until the onion is translucent. Add the mushrooms, butter, and wine to the pan, and cook until the the wine reduces and a sauce begins to form, about 10 to 15 minutes.

With a fork, shred the flesh of the squash into spaghetti-shaped strands. ( see image next to ingredient list ). Empty the squash into the pan, and add the pancetta back to the pan. Over low heat, mix all the ingredients until the squash is coated with sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.

I hope you enjoy, and feel free to share the squash love!


  1. ahhhhh i love spaghetti squash! i have one sitting on my counter right now. yay for gluten free and #squashlove! :)

  2. Sounds like a delicious combo! I mean, how can you go wrong with portabellos, pancetta, feta, and wine??? So glad your co-hosting the blog hop this month!

  3. I love spaghetti squash and don't know why I don't cook it more often. Thanks for the reminder! And nice to "meet" you on this bloghop ;-)

  4. You invoked the name of my first love: PANCETTA ;-). Cheers to Spaghetti Squash. I'm so psyched about it!

    Happy to be cooking with you!

  5. That's a great dish! And then, to end perfectly, I would have that marvelous mocha chip parfait! mmmm

  6. Same here Junia! I bought another one last time I was at the store, and I'm so excited to come up with a new recipe. What do you normally like to do with spaghetti squash?

  7. Thank you EA! I'm so glad to be co-hosting this month. I have a dangerous love addiction with squash. Also, I agree, all of these ingredients spell tasty love to me.

  8. Thanks Regan, nice to meet you as well! My favorite thing with spaghetti squash is that it only takes a little longer to cook than most rice pastas.

  9. I'm glad to be co-hosting with you Annabet! I agree with pancetta, there's few things better than crispy pancetta.

  10. Thanks Valerie!

    The mocha chip parfait is pure heaven. I definitely encourage you try it if you have a chance, so easy to make!

  11. I've been reading a lot about spaghetti squash among other new things im learning online and the oh so eager me can't wait to get my hands on it in the kitchen too.
    great to "meet" you in this food event. I'm so glad to learn a lot of new things!
    have a great weekend,

  12. You had me at Pancetta! What a great recipe idea. My family will enjoy this! Thanks for sharing. Glad to cook along with you!

  13. i love pasta and knowing i can cook and eat it without so much carbs is simply exciting and interesting! thanks for sharing!

    nice to meet you and cooking along with you at #squashlove

  14. Yummy! I had no idea about spaghetti squash!! I can't wait to try this one out.

  15. Great to meet you as well Malou! I hope you enjoy your cooking experiment with spaghetti squash!

  16. Elizabeth, I've been cooking more and more with pancetta, and each time I do my love for it grows. Happy to be co-hosting with you!

  17. Aww T.R. nice meeting you through blog hop. Happy to be cohosting! I love the noodle like texture of spaghetti squash and we all here well J & I love portabellas. We also have some dietary food restrictions and allergies. My blog is tree nut free and we also do not eat shellfish, pork and kiwi, believe it or not. I bet this dish can be just as good w/o pancetta or I can sub it with something else...:)

  18. I agree dudut, aside from my Mocha parfaits, the food I've been cooking has been relatively healthier to alternatives (squash instead of pasta, low sugar pies). I love being able to achieve recipes that are tasty and not bad for you to eat!

  19. Mike - I definitely recommend it. The other reason I love spaghetti squash is it has this taste to it that you can't achieve with boxed pasta.

  20. This is delicious, I love all the flavors... I'm actually craving this right now! I have to agree, spaghetti squash is one the best things ever!

  21. Lovely dish!!!!
    I love the use of wonderful flavors here, so delicious...
    Thanks for sharing

  22. Thank you Georgie and Reem! The squash theme is such a wonderful theme to work with!

  23. Interesting concept to make a gluten-free spaghetti. Shredded squash sounds really yummy! It is nice to incorporate a portobello in the dish and I'm starting to like portobello after all these years hating big mushrooms.

    Yes, my dish was vegan, not sure about gluten-free though. I'm a vegan though, so all my dishes are made vegan regardless.

    Squash-love for ya!

    Cheers, Rika

  24. I've never tried pancetta with spaghetti squash but I happen to have some in the fridge right now. I know what I'm making for dinner!

  25. Rika - I was the same way about a year ago with big mushrooms, but I've definitely come around to loving them!

    Jennifer - That's so exciting! Let me know what you think!

  26. i love the sound of the mushrooms in wine sauce~ and the squash does look like pasta.. great glutenfree option. such fun squash dishes in this bloghop! have an amazing day!
    Richa@ Hobby And More Food Blog

  27. I agree! I love all the recipes that people have posted so far! So many of them are really creative. Also mushrooms + wine sauce = heaven.

  28. spaghetti squash is one of my favorite things to eat...looks delicious!



  29. It may be easy, but it sounds amazing! I love spaghetti squash, and I am always looking for new ways to enjoy the delicious vegetable. I am new to your blog, but look forward to enjoying your posts! Hugs, Terra

  30. Thanks Terra! I agree, spaghetti squash is the best! I hope you enjoy the blog!