Spaghetti Squash Timbales; Lyon

This is a lazy dish that looks a bit fancy….. Perfect holiday entertaining.

Well, it is as long as you have leftover spaghetti squash and some tomato sauce in the freezer or pantry.

We are two.

When I cut into a spaghetti or butternut squash I know that we will have enough for at least 2 meals, more likely 3 or even 4. Even the ‘small’ squashes are big.

So I have to plan ahead (as usual).

Sometimes, there’s still a bit left that’s not quite enough for another meal.

No….We do not throw it out or put it in the compost.

We use it for a first course.

Spaghetti Squash Timbales

Total time: 35 minutes


  • 6oz (180gr) spghetti squash, cooked
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/4 cup (1oz, 30gr) shredded cheese
  • Sauce:
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp garlic, granulated
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp Balsamic vinegar


  • Butter two ramekins and line the bottoms with buttered waxed / parchment paper.
  • Beat egg and mustard lightly.
  • Add squash, cheese, mustard, milk and mix well.
  • Spoon into prepared ramekins.
  • Put into a roasting pan with deep sides – I use a metal bread pan, and add hot water so that it comes half way up the sides of the ramekins.
  • Bake for 25 minutes at 400F (200C) – they should be set – firm on top.
  • Remove from oven and from hot water.
  • Run a table knife around the sides to loosen.
  • Put a small plate over top of ramekin and flip over.
  • Remove ramekin, and paper from top (formerly bottom) of timbale.
  • Spoon tomato sauce around half of timbale and serve.
  • Sauce:
  • Put all ingredients for sauce into a small. Bring to a simmer and keep warm until needed. 

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Butternut squash would work as well. Mash it first and only use half the mustard.

One last bit about Lyon.

As we walked across the bridge by the Palais de justice historique in Lyon we saw this statue:

We had no idea what it represented. It’s, obviously, a man holding a man.

Once on the bridge I captured it at another angle:

The statue is called:The Weight of Oneself’ and is by Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset

The two bodies are identical.

The man standing is carrying himself.

He is both saving and being saved by himself.

He is carrying the weight of himself.

Now that I know what it represents I want to go back and look at it again…..

Actually, I want to go back to Lyon again. There is so much more to see and do.

And restaurants to try….

Last update on December 28, 2016

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