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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.

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

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