October 6, 2014—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read; price & availability may have changed.
Leave it to Trader Joe's to feature what's commonly thought of as a winter squash while we're still only a few weeks into autumn. Winter squash grows in the summer, is harvested in the fall, and is hearty enough to store for winter use. If only they utilized the spring season, they'd be the circirbita equivalent to a screen-porch in Florida - a four season squash, that is.
Among the most unique of the winter squashes we offer at Trader Joe's is the Spaghetti Squash. Spaghetti Squash is an oblong variety with pale-to-deep-yellow skin, and golden yellow flesh. When you cut it open (we recommend lengthwise), you'll find the typical seeds and fibrous strands. Scoop those out gently, careful to leave as much of the bright yellow flesh as possible. From there, roast or microwave the squash (350ºF oven for 35 minutes, or full power in your microwave, covered, for 8-10 minutes). It's when Spaghetti Squash is cooked that the magic really happens. Rather than scooping out the flesh, scrape it with a fork. You'll quickly come to understand why it's called Spaghetti Squash. It comes off your fork in long, spaghetti-like strands. And it holds its shape well enough that you can serve it as a pasta alternative in dishes like Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs or Spaghetti Squash Carbonara. You could even leave out the "Squash" detail when you serve it to your family - we've known many who haven't even noticed it wasn't actual spaghetti.
What everyone notices is our great value. We're selling each Spaghetti Squash, coming in at about four pounds, for $2.69*. You'll find it in our produce section.
*Ounces, price and availability may vary by region. Currently Trader Joe's Spaghetti Squash is $2.69 in our West Coast and Texas stores and $2.29 in our East Coast, Midwest and Southeast stores.