I remember seeing spaghetti melon years ago on a gardening show as some sort of oddity. I tried it out and at the time thought it was pretty unappealing, but now years later my tastes and health needs have changed and I was determined to give it another go. I’m so glad I did! 
Spaghetti melon (or squash, if you prefer) are about the size of a butternut pumpkin and are becoming more popular in greengrocers, although they are a bit expensive. This one cost $10 at the farmers market. I know! I saved the seeds and hopefully will be growing it soon in the garden.

To cook, boil for about 45 minutes in a large saucepan, or steam in the microwave for about 20 minutes. I’ve heard if you roast it, the flavour deepens and becomes richer, which sounds lovely. I cut it endways, which was wrong; it should have been cut around the equator as this is the way the strands grow. After it is cooked, scrape the flesh lightly with a fork, and it will turn into spaghetti looking strands like magic! I do love a bit of magic in cooking. I cooked it one night and it made quiet a few dishes over the next few days, so maybe it was value for money after all.

I ate it as ‘spaghetti’ bolognaise one night, and with a nice garlicky bolognaise and a big glass of red it was delicious, and smugly low carb. Take that, diabetes!

The next night I made some noodle cakes to complement an Asian style table situation. I mixed a few cups of ‘spaghetti’ with eggs, coconut flour, spring onions, salt and pepper, and garlic; then fried tablespoons of it in olive oil. The slightly chalky texture of the melon seemed to calm down a bit with the double cooking, and it was SO nice with chili sauce on the table with honey soy wings, bok choy and steamed rice. Not that I had any rice, I didn’t need any as I was so full of noodle cakes.

My final effort was Japanese Pancake, better known as Okonomiyaki at the local markets. I made it western style with ham and cheese mixed into ‘spaghetti’, eggs, salt and pepper, and coconut flour; topped with perfect avocado, Sriracha, Kewpie mayo and spring onions it was a pretty spectacular lunch! I loved that it felt extravagant and filling, I wasn’t left feeling deprived or craving carbs an hour later at all.

You’ll never see me go fully Paleo or even activating my nuts or sprinkling chia seeds on my wine, but in an effort to reduce my carb intake I’m happy to try anything. I think spaghetti melon is going to be my new best friend!

xx

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10 thoughts on “Spaghetti Melon

  • 06/12/2014 at 10:36 PM
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    Those Pancakes! ( too early to spell Okonomak…nup). I am yet to try spaghetti squash but I am super intrigued and am itching to try it – I haven't been able to find it anywhere however I am off to farmers markets tomorrow morning so fingers crossed.
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    • 06/13/2014 at 12:44 AM
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      I had to Google Okonomiyaki to get the spelling right! Let me know if you want to have a go ant growing spaghetti melon, I'm happy to mail you some seeds.
      xx

  • 06/12/2014 at 10:53 PM
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    I never heard of this vegetable but it sounds cool. That last dish looks amazing! Rachel

    • 06/13/2014 at 12:44 AM
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      It's not exactly like pasta, but it's a pretty good substitute. Thanks for stopping by xx

  • 06/13/2014 at 9:34 PM
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    This is very, very cool!!! And Japanese pancake is my favourite thing to grab when I'm having a day at our local shopping centre (but yours looks way better than the bought ones!). I get really bloated after too many carbs so melon spaghetti sounds great to me… hopefully they get a little cheaper too! Thank you so much for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party…. and helping to make it another amazing week of great recipes!! xxx Lucy from Bake Play Smile

    • 06/14/2014 at 11:54 AM
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      I found so many great recipes on Fabulous Foodie Fridays, thanks for having me! Looking forward to next Friday!
      xx

  • 06/15/2014 at 1:23 AM
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    What a great idea, you're the second person I've seen do this – but I have to admit this looks very tasty! I agree that I'll never go Paleo etc but I am also trying to eat less carbs! x

    • 06/17/2014 at 2:18 AM
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      Hope you love it. Have you tried cauliflower as rice, mash or a pizza base yet? I though that sounded a bit flaky but I am a convert!
      xx

  • 06/15/2014 at 7:18 AM
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    Nice. Love your 'tude. Snap. Not keen to go fully anything-with-a-faddy-name. But ditto. Cleaner. Less carbs, much less sugar, no pre-packaged guff. This would habr never caught my eye or imagination. Thanks for educating me!

    • 06/17/2014 at 2:19 AM
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      I hate anything trendy! Don't pigeonhole me 😉
      xx
      (you know me too well!)

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