Roasted Summer Squash & Mushroom Spaghetti

by Kiran on July 23, 2012 · 24 comments

in Pasta, Vegetarian

Facebook has always been the best place to hangout and mingle with my families and friends. A glimpse into their day-to-day lives.

It also can be devastating to read about the death of a friend. Something that I’ve never look forward to whenever I pay a visit into Facebook each day.

I didn’t want to impose sadness on my blog post today, but I just can’t seem to think about anything else but the loss of a good friend.

She was way too young. It’s heart-wrenching.

I urge you to hug your loved ones, tell them how much you love them every single day. We’ll never know what tomorrow brings.


Wherever you are, know that we miss you way beyond words. Life is too short and you’ve taught us never to take it for granted. Live. Every. Moment. As if it’s your last.

Rest in peace.

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For roasting

  • 5 to 6 round yellow summer squash, chopped
  • 8 to 10 white mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh marjoram
  • 1/2 lemon, juice & zested
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt & black pepper

For spaghetti (2 servings)

  • Freshly cooked whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 heaping tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp fresh marjoram


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large non-reactive bowl, add all roasting ingredients. Toss to coat every nook and cranny. Spread veggies on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes.
  3. Meantime, cook 2 servings of whole wheat spaghetti following package instructions.
  4. Remove roasted summer veggies from oven once done. Set aside.
  5. Heat a medium non-stick saute pan to medium. Once the pan is heated, add 1 heaping tbsp extra virgin olive oil and sliced shallot. Cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Avoid browning.
  6. Add minced garlic and marjarom. Cook for a minute or until fragrant.
  7. Throw in cooked whole wheat pasta and remove saute pan from heat. Stir to coat pasta.
  8. Add roasted vegetables and stir to combine. Serve spaghetti hot or room temperature.


My apologies for a somber and short blog post. It’s hard to gather thoughts while mourning for the loss of a loved one.

Thoughts to ponder:

Live your life like there is no tomorrow.
Live each moment like the next won’t follow.
With this attitude no matter what may go wrong,
I assure you that you’ll stay strong.
author: Unknown.


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1 Rosa July 23, 2012 at 2:34 PM

A scrumptious combination! Mouthwatering.



2 Kathryn July 23, 2012 at 3:15 PM

I’m so sorry for your loss xo
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3 Ansh July 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

It is heartbreaking to lose a friend. Hugs and healing thoughts for you. Prayers for your friend, Avinaa. May she rest in peace.
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4 Tania @ A Perfect Pantry July 23, 2012 at 8:27 PM

I love squash and often grow it. Such a healthy and yummy looking meal:)
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5 Kankana July 23, 2012 at 10:44 PM

I am so sorry Kiran to hear about your friend! It’s never easy to pass through these times.
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6 Liana jacinta July 24, 2012 at 2:18 AM

Sorry for your loss darling.. I know how it feels.. 🙁

7 chinmayie @ love food eat July 24, 2012 at 3:24 AM

I am so sorry to hear about your friend. It really is shattering…
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8 Angie@Angie's Recipes July 24, 2012 at 6:01 AM

A simple and delicious summer dish!
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9 Nami | Just One Cookbook July 25, 2012 at 3:16 AM

I’m so sorry for your loss, Kiran. I actually lost my grandpa today, too. You wrote such a nice post dedicate for your friend. I love this spaghetti. Summery and beautiful.
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10 Baker Street July 25, 2012 at 6:16 AM

What a wonderfully written post. I’m so sorry for your loss, K!

I bet this spaghetti made for a fabulous meal on a hot summery afternoon!
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11 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective July 25, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Girl, I have been pairing summer squash and mushrooms together in all sorts of things, tacos, stir-fry. I’ve got a post coming up I think you will approve of. 🙂
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12 Jennifer @ Delicieux July 25, 2012 at 5:30 PM

I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. I’m sure she would love this post and your beautiful roasted summer squash spaghetti.
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13 Jagruti July 26, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Very sorry for your loss..I hope you feel better..
This dish is a great way to wind down a summer afternoon 🙂
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14 Purabi Naha July 26, 2012 at 1:55 AM

I am so sorry to hear the news. This looks delicious.
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15 Deeba Rajpal (@vindee) July 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

My heart goes out for you Kiran; its always so hard to lose a loved one. Hang on in there. You’ve written this beautifully, and the photographs are soothing and amazing. Hugs!
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16 carolinaheartstrings July 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Hugs to you. Sorry about your loss!
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17 Nancy/SpicieFoodie July 27, 2012 at 4:00 PM

I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope your heartache lessens and that your heart heals with each day that passes.

The spaghetti squash looks so healthy and delicious. A perfect summer meal.
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18 Jeanette July 27, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Kiran, so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. It is when that happens that we take time to reflect on our own lives and the importance of hugging our loved ones and telling them that we love them.
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19 Sophie July 28, 2012 at 3:46 AM

A moving post! I am so sorry for the loss of your friend! 🙂 Hugs!

Your spaghetti dish is one that i love! i can use my home grown yellow courgettes for this! thanks ! 🙂
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20 Ira Rodrigues July 28, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Im so sorry for your lost. your post is so touching. May her soul rest in peace.

I always could not resist a simple and delicious recipe like yours, yum
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21 Deb July 28, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I am sorry to hear of your loss, may your pain be gently replaced with pleasant memories.

I was unsure I would like the summer squash, mushroom spaghetti but I do! I find summer squash a challenge to cook with. It is easy to be boring! But your recipe has changed my thoughts, a tempting summer dinner recipe.

22 Brighton Restaurants July 30, 2012 at 4:51 AM

I Just loved your recipe & since it has mushrooms it becomes even more lovable for me ! Its looking absolutely yummy . Thanks for this delight !

23 Cass @foodmyfriend July 31, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Looks very beautiful 🙂 I am so sorry for your loss. Such a horrible thing to go through. x
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24 Asmita July 31, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Hi Kiran,
Sorry to hear about your loss.
This dish looks wonderful! Perfect for summer!
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